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intro of fruits and veggies

ok here is the thing kiwi GCC will try any veggie or fruit i give her so she does good when it comes to eating. flower will not touch anything but seeds he is a budgie i heard budgies were the one bird that could live a healthy life on only seed not sure if this is true so if you know please let me know. dusty will try some things mainly fruits he will try having a hard time getting him to try veggies and some fruits he is a CAG any advice on getting him to try would be great . now my new lovie he has been weaned onto a seed diet i am trying to get him on pellets and fruits and veggies he has yet to touch any of it. if you have any advice to help me out with these picky eaters i would greatly appreciate it

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Try feeding them Corn. My budgie, Schwepp won't eat Carrot probably because it is a strange colour. She absolutely LOVES Corn!!! She will eat about nine boiled Kernals in a row. If i can't be bothered to just defrost the corn then i just place it in a plastic cup with water covering it and cook it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. It works so well. If your birds aren't tempted to taste corn try something more natural looking such as Spinach. My birds love Baby Spinach as well. If they're still not eating them maybe you could try wrapping millet in a Baby Spinach leaf or put some millet in some corn. If worst comes to worst and they're not eating ANY at all and you've tried everything you can just give them some grass every day. To be honest I don't know one budgie who won't go for a nice snack of fresh, green grass!

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Corn is pretty much the only thing my English budgie will eat He has picked at carrots that I chopped up very small, and sometimes broccoli, but otherwise there isn't much he will go for. The two little ones haven't even come near the veggies I try to put out. I wish they would just try it because I think they would like it!
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My birds LOVE grated carrot. I think chop is the best way of getting a healthy mix into your birds

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I agree with Daisy.

When it comes to fresh foods, my birds get a little bit of frozen veggie mix everyday.
In addition to that, I often cook for them, and what I cook depends on what I feel like
making, what we have in the kitchen, etc. But persistence is key; you just have to
keep trying! Fresh foods are so good for your birds.




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My cockatiels won't even touch fruit! They love broccolli though.
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I am one of those who has claimed a Budgie like Cockatiels, can live a fairly good long life on just seeds.
And evidence is starting to emerge that they would be better on just seeds than just pellets. There are some reasons for this that I will go into here.
Not that this is what one should do!
They do need a good variety of fresh natural foods as well.

You could try sprouting. I prefer Mung Beans. But any fresh seed can be served as soak seed or sprouted.
www.landofvos.com/articles/sprouts.htmlhttp://www.kirstenmunson.com/cockatiels/blue.html
Dark green leaf veges are all good. Dandelions, Sow thistle, are two good weeds for them.

One of the things that did come up in talking about seed diet,is. Does he just pick out one type of seed? That is a hard one to change.
Getting picky eaters is also a hard thing to change.
I am glad to say I do not have this problem here.
One recommendation seems to be. Fresh foods in the morning and seeds in the pm.
When changing diet you do need to make sure they are eating enough, and not just waiting til you put the seeds in.


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