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Old 08-12-2018, 02:20 AM
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I recently brought a pair of budgies from a pet store. As per the information shared by the store keeper, they were 3 months old. They are eating millet only. I offered flax seeds, papaya, guava, cooked rice, spinach to them but nothing worked. Please help me to make them eat other food as well.

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Hi,

when a budgie is very young (as in, before you got it), it's very important to offer the birds a mixed diet so that young birds are introduced to lots of different new foods when they are most likely to try them.
If the breeder only offers the bird basic foods, once they are ready for rehoming, they will be more likely to just stick with what they know.

The only thing you can do is keep offering them different budgie safe foods and one day they may try them.
It's very important to remember that just because your budgie doesn't want to try and of those foods today, it doesn't mean that they wont eventually try them.

Romaine lettuce or other leaf veg, such as spinach, usually is an good food option for your birds (although don't keep offering spinach as too much is bad for your birds) to get them started. It's all about finding out how your bird wants to take the food, so try and mix it up.

Sometimes on a dish on the floor and wet, sometimes poked between the bars of maybe torn into small piece in a regular food pot. Keep trying different methods to get your birds interested and eventually they will try other foods.
Also, if you give them millet spray in their cage as well as their regular seed, cute out the millet spray as this is a 'treat' and might help encourage the birds to not fill themselves up on their favourite treats.
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Thank you for your response.

As suggested, I will try different methods of introducing safe food for my budgies.
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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)

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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, dill, 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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You've been given great advice. I'm glad you're trying to get your budgies to eat a better diet! As mentioned, it will probably take a while before they take to new foods. The important thing is to keep trying!

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the forums' many budgie articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform), many of which are linked above by FaeryBee. They will help keep you updated on the best of budgie care practices!

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Hi Everyone,

Thank you for the information and suggestions.

My budgies started tasting new foods.

Could you please let me know male and female budgies in the attachment pic?

As per the guidelines I saw in the forum, the first one(blue) is female and the second one(green) is male. But I was confused with their behavior, the green budgie was so noisy and the blue was soooo calm.

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Old 08-15-2018, 05:11 AM
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Your blue budgie is female.
Your green budgie I suspect may also be female - in that photograph, the cere looks to be more of a tan colour as opposed to pink/purple and there is a lot of white around the nares.
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Hi JRS,

Thanks for your response.

I was bit shocked by seeing your response.

When I purchased, the store keeper said that the blue is male and green was female by comparing their cere. The blue's cere looks little blue in color. My budgies are 3 months old.

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Tbh what I’m seeing looks most like an older female cere, but yes I can see that its a young bird by the baby bars.
The pet owner may well be correct and it’s just displaying differently on my screen.
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OK. Please give the final conclusion. I am confused.

Waiting for your response.
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