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Hello yet again,all

I've had Tiki for 3 weeks now and I have not had any luck getting him to eat his vegetables or fruits. The first few times I cut them up and put them in a dish,(carrots one day, cherries another), and the most he did was take a very tiny nibble and then ignore them altogether. Tonight,I hung kale from the top of his cage to see if he takes to that. I'm practically offering these to him at least every other day, with no luck...

The girl from the pet store did tell me that he was never fed fruits or vegetables, so it's to be expected that he's not quite taking to them yet...but it's still worrisome to me, because I'm concerned he's not getting his optimal daily vitamin intake. I'll even take a few bites of the food before putting into the cage in hopes he will see it as edible and okay to eat.

Currently his main diet consists of Vitakraft Menu Complex, and he will also eat Zupreem Fruit pellets(which I have in the cage 24/7), but not as readily as the Vitakraft.

Is it necessary to perhaps introduce a multi vitamin supplement to Tiki, at least until he picks up on the veggies/fruits?

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Not sure about the multi-v, but you could try to throw the veggies into a food processor, and make sure they're very small pieces. Sprinkle some seed in there and offer that mix to him, and see if he accepts that. In trying to get the seed, he will inadvertently taste the veg and hopefully eat some! Try to offer this stuff everyday. if you make big batches of it, you can freeze it into portioned sizes and thaw as needed. Good luck!
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Thank you for the advice, Kristen Unfortunately, I do not have a food processor, but I do own a blender. I wonder if that would work? I've never thought of it until now! lol. Beforehand I was using one of those hand dicer containers that you put the veggies in and keep pushing down on the button repeatedly to chop them up.
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That will work too, the hand chopper. I actually used one before the food processor I got. I think Target sells them for about $20. I'll check tomorrow when I go to work. They are amazing! Anyway, persistence and patience is key here. He will give in and try something long before you give up, so long as you keep at it. The thing with these guys is, is that they don't know that a lot of this stuff is considered food. Try eating some of it in front of him, and making all kinds of 'yummy' noises, and be excited to eat it. The bigger deal you make about eating the veggies, the more interested he will become! Good luck!
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Thank you. I will try that!

If anyone has any input about vitamin supplements,it'd be much appreciated
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Something else that would be well worth trying is sprouted seeds. I have yet to meet a budgie who doesn't love them, And they are bursting with vitamins!
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Julie, when do you serve your sprouts?
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First thing each morning they are given their bowl of seed, immediately followed by a bowl of chop and sprouts.And strangely enough they go for the latter first
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I meant when in the sprouting process, I should have been more clear! That is cool to know that your flock goes for the healthy stuff first!
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D'uh I knew that!
I sprout wheat berries as I live on a farm estate and they often walk out of the barn of their own accord
I soak them for 24 hours, drain them and leave them for another 24 hours, then I spread them out on kitchen towel for another 24 hours and finally feed them They have about .5 cm tails when the buds get them.
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