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I got by budgie from a pet shop when he was 3 weeks old, and unfortunately I did not know that purchasing an unweaned budgie was not right - Here in my country it is common to handfeed birds but now I do and I just want to ensure my budgie is happy and healthy.

Fastforward till today, he is 9 weeks old. I have been trying to wean him for weeks and he finally got the hang of eating pellets (I am still feeding formula 2 times a day) but he does not seem interested in eating or cracking seeds and vegetables and only eats pellets.

I wonder if that is normal, and how can i get him to try to eat seeds? He is not even interested in millet spray. He treats it more like a toy to remove the seeds but is never interested to actually crack them.


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It's good that the baby is at least eating the pellets. What type pellets are you giving him?
Try soaking some millet in pedialyte and see if that will make him more interested in trying them.
You can also sprout some various seeds and give them to him that way. Sprouted seeds are actually more nutritious for him anyway.
In the meantime, keep feeding him until he is fully weaned.


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Thank you for your reply @faerybee. He is on brown's pellets which the pet shop recommended me to get, but I am looking to convert him to roudybush's pellets in the near future.

I have another concern - he seems to enjoy drinking water a lot, and would not stop until he actually finishes what is in the bowl. I usually give him just a little at night, and some sips throughout the day to prevent overdrinking. His poop and behavior is fine. Should I be concerned about this? My idea is that he might not know his portion control at his age - since he finishes all the formula i give him and even have pellets after that.
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Your budgie needs to be seen by an Avian Veterinarian

Birds with diabetes often drink excessive amounts of water, and will also urinate excessively.
Increased urine in the droppings must be differentiated from diarrhea, which is an increased volume of fluid in the feces.
Some birds with diabetes may start out overweight, but many will become thin from not properly utilizing glucose.
Animals with diabetes are more susceptible to infections.

I strongly recommend you take your budgie to an Avian Vet for a well-bird checkup.
If there are no Avian Vets in your area, then an Exotic Pet Veterinarian that has experience dealing with small birds is your next best option.

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