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Old 05-12-2018, 09:57 PM
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Hi. I got my 2 budgies a week ago. I’ve read a lot about diet. I know they need veggies and fruits in addition to seed. I have a seed cup and another cup that I have put veggies a fruit in. They have not eaten anything I’ve offered other than the seed. I tried spinach torn into pieces, carrots diced, apple diced and a blackberry. I have mandarin orange I’m going to try next. Should I be offering it a different way or is there veggies and fruits that buggies love. Especially what should I give them for a veggie. I’ve seen list of what is okay to feed but not a list of what they like the most. Just read to try different things. I’m worried I’m not giving them the diet they need.

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It can take several weeks (or even months) for budgies to decide to try a new food.
Fruit is high in sugar content so vegetables are actually healthier for your budgies with fruits given only occasionally (once or twice a week)


https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...ur-budgie.html

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Please take the time to read the Budgie Articles and the Stickies posted at the top of each section of the forum.
Most basic questions have been answered there.

You will find many different tips with regard to presenting vegetables and encouraging your budgies to try new foods in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum.
The first vegetable which my budgies that had not been weaned to vegetables tried (and loved) was sweet corn kernels sprinkled with a teeny bit of garlic powder (NOT salt).

Budgies seem to love "spicy" tastes.
They also adored fresh basil, cilantro, chickweed, zucchini and red pepper.

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Using Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
as a natural pro-biotic is very beneficial to your budgies:

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When I introduced pellets to my budgie, my Avian Vet recommended using Harrison's High Potency Mash and sprinkling it on the budgie's seed mix every day. This way, when the budgie hulls the seed it tastes the pellet mash and ingests bits of it as well. This helps the budgie identify the taste as a food source.

Many members seem to find the easiest pellets to use for introducing pellets to their budgies to be the CANARY sized Zupreem fruity pellets. Most budgies like the taste and the "Canary" sized pellets are tiny enough for them to easily eat them. Once they've become accustomed to the Fruity Pellets, introducing the smallest "natural" pellets is then an easy step.

Other than when I was using the Harrison's mash, I've never mixed my birds' pellets and seed together. My birds have three separate dishes each with a different brand/flavor of pellets available to them 24/7. Their seed is rationed to approximately 2 teaspoons of seed per budgie each day. I give them seed first thing in the morning right after putting clean newspapers on the bottom grate of the cages. I sprinkle their morning ration on the paper so they can forage for the seeds. I then do the same thing in the evenings (after replacing the soiled newspaper with clean) and again allow them to forage for their seed.

All of my birds have the option to eat the available pellets whenever they like throughout the day and they all enjoy them!

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As was mentioned, it can take certain budgies months to try a new food. Presenting it in different ways might help. Cutting small, leaving chunks, clipping lettuce to the bars, etc. might make the offering more appealing. Sprinkling Harrison’s mash over the food is another thing you might want to try.

Looking over our Stickies and Articles, as well as the links you received from FaeryBee, is a great way to find answers to the more common questions. If after reading over the material in our resources, you still have questions, let us know.
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