My new English Budgie arrived Monday. We're going to the avian vet tomorrow for her first checkup. We named her Twitter because she tweets a lot. She's eating well and is slowly adjusting to her new surroundings.
Twitter got her first checkup 10 days ago. All the lab work came back and she is in perfect health. She got vaccinated for avian polyomavirus and is getting her booster today. Yeah!
She is still a little shy, but will come on my finger. She tweets a lot.
Will not eat out of my hand.
She's a little weird-only bird I have ever seen that will not eat millet. She doesn't eat anything but her seed. After a breakfast of seed (1 teaspoon) I remove the seed dish but I have pellets in a separate bowl all day long, which so far she just throws them out all over the cage floor, but she has probably tried them and doesn't like them. I'm sure that eventually if she's hungry enough she'll start eating them more. I am also giving her fruits and veggies everyday as a midday snack hoping she will eventually try them. She gets more seed
( 1 teaspoon) late afternoon before she goes to sleep. She will only eat if the food dish is near the bottom of the cage. Will not go near it if it's higher up.
I'm glad to hear that Twitter is in perfect health!
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)
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!
With a healthy diet, you should not need any vitamins or supplements other than Vitamin D3 which is used for birds who get limited direct sunlight.
Thanks for your input. I don't offer fruit more than once or twice a week. I pretty much do exactly what you suggested. It is the same as what my vet said. I'm using the roudybush crumbles because I have so much left over from my cockatiel, but I plan on switching to Harrisons. I'll probably do it sooner if she doesn't start eating the roudybush. She is offered veggies every day, and I'll just stay with it until she starts eating them. It took my cockatiel a few months before he would try new foods also. I only have her since Oct. 30th. I think she's doing well for only two weeks in a new home.