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So we got 2 budgies on Saturday and we are first time bird owners. Both are under 6 months old. I bought seed from the store until the Dr Harvery's Our Best Parakeet Food came in, and now that it did I mix it with the store bought seed for them each morning to get them used to it before eliminating the store bought seed. I started giving them food processed fresh broccoli and green beans a few days ago in the same bowl as the seed, generally on top of the seed to promote foraging and get them to eat some of the veggies. We are waiting for the Mash to come in before we start moving to pellets. What I am wondering is should the broccoli and green beans sit out for a bit so they are not as cold? We live in Buffalo, NY and it is very cold outside. Thanks for the advice.
 

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So we got 2 budgies on Saturday and we are first time bird owners. Both are under 6 months old. I bought seed from the store until the Dr Harvery's Our Best Parakeet Food came in, and now that it did I mix it with the store bought seed for them each morning to get them used to it before eliminating the store bought seed. I started giving them food processed fresh broccoli and green beans a few days ago in the same bowl as the seed, generally on top of the seed to promote foraging and get them to eat some of the veggies. We are waiting for the Mash to come in before we start moving to pellets. What I am wondering is should the broccoli and green beans sit out for a bit so they are not as cold? We live in Buffalo, NY and it is very cold outside. Thanks for the advice.
My LoVey prefers her veggies to be room temperature. I don't know if there are drawbacks to giving food cold out of the fridge. I can say, definitely, that you remove any seed that they veggies were sitting on. The moisture in the veggies will be transfered onto the seed and become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. Perhaps just a few seeds under the veggies so you're not wasting to much of the seeds when you discard it.
 

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My LoVey prefers her veggies to be room temperature. I don't know if there are drawbacks to giving food cold out of the fridge. I can say, definitely, that you remove any seed that they veggies were sitting on. The moisture in the veggies will be transferred onto the seed and become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. Perhaps just a few seeds under the veggies so you're not wasting to much of the seeds when you discard it.
We dispose of all of it and replace it every 5 hours or so to remove any contamination, as I have two 4 pound bags of seed to last until the end of December where we will use less. This is to get them used to the house and food offered. I think we are going to just offer the veggies in the morning until they get used to it. We do not leave the veggies out all day, to keep it safe for our new family members. Everything is cleaned each time with warm water and paper towels for now, we have vet disinfectant for cleaning as well. This is still a learning experience for us so all advice is welcomed.
 

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Hello and welcome to the forums!

It sounds like you've gotten off to a great start with your little ones, and I'm sure they have a long and happy life ahead of them!

From the photo you posted, Stitch appears to be female. Could you post a photo of her taken in natural light to confirm?

As it does appear you have mixed genders, it is especially important to read the information above 👍 Please be sure to ask if you have any questions after reading through things~

I look forward to seeing more of them around here :)
 
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