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Well, there ain't a lot of pellets in nature. And seeds ARE the main diet of many bird species, including budgies.

Seeds are not the main diet of a bird in the wild. They much prefer to eat sprouts in the wild. Gee wiz, why not just ignore me?

Birds do eat a lot of seeds, and naturally like the tender chutes and sprouts. But in the wild, how often do they get those? Only when they're seasonal. For that matter, until recently, people in developed countries also only got seasonal stuff. Then again, a lot of birds, especially non-parrot species like canaries and finches, survive a lot longer in captivity with modern care standards than they ever did in the wild. Some of this stuff gets out of whack; reminds me of someone I know who wanted to feed their cat a "natural" vegetarian diet to avoid cruelty to animals ...
Good lord woman, Budgies are from where, Teils are from where? Sprouts, LOL oh Lord someone slap me cause if I laugh at this fool any longer I'll pee my pants.
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Good lord woman, Budgies are from where, Teils are from where? Sprouts, LOL oh Lord someone slap me cause if I laugh at this fool any longer I'll pee my pants.

I hate to defend Jangchub, but I hope she meant recently sprouted seeds rather than a brassica sprouts plant. The image of budgies living off Brussels sprouts is rather "interesting" :-) At least their owners would know what to do with the Christmas leftovers.
Bob W

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Warm climate or cold? I'm guessing that birds need, and want to bathe more in warmer climes.

We live in Columbus Ohio so have all kinds of climates. The temps in our house can be anywhere from 68 in the winter to 80+ in the summer.

Our 5 1/2 mo old bird took another bath on his own today. I came in and found his little bath tub empty again, and water all over the bottom of the cage paper, and he was all soaked. This is the second time in about
10 days that he's bathed on his own. I'm so proud. Emotion: smile

Proud mom.
I was trying chub's advice and giving my pup ( 5 mo old ) lovebird some brocoli and carrots but he wouldn't touch them.

Do yourself a favour and ignore any and all advice from Jangchub. By all means continue to read her hilarious ... don't take her seriously. Think of her as the group's clown; laughable, with an underlying pathos. With kind regards Chu

Well I do read that brocolli and carrots are good for lovebirds, from various sources. I just wouldn't take everything chubbie says as "word" without verification. Emotion: smile
I'm a bit surprised too that they're not (seemingly) into bathing but apparently I've just not provided the proper 'vehicle' ... way and bathing will ensue with a fury (they certainly like to preen, which is a Necessary and Good Thing!

We have one like this and it's starting to work quite well for our lovebird:
Warm climate or cold? I'm guessing that birds need, and want to bathe more in warmer climes.

The weather here (NC) can be cold in the winter and this fall so far has been colder than usual. ... also does not get below probably 60 or 55 in the room, which is not terribly cold for feathered creatures!

It was chilly here last night, but he bathed this morning, probably in a room that was 65 degrees.
Good lord woman, Budgies are from where, Teils are from where? Sprouts, LOL oh Lord someone slap me cause if I laugh at this fool any longer I'll pee my pants. Bob W

You gotta realize that chubbie is a granola crunching vegetarian ( old indian word for "lousy hunter" ). Emotion: smile
I'm a bit surprised too that they're not (seemingly) into ... like to preen, which is a Necessary and Good Thing!

We have one like this and it's starting to work quite well for our lovebird:

Thanks for the bathtub tip : - )! I've seen them but hesitated about getting one with a mirror in the bottom. Still, if they use it, that's fine too. If I only get one, they'll have to line up for their Saturday night bath, though! Once again, my brain conjures amusing visuals!

Tried the romaine lettuce today and they were happy to nibble and munch it but no one really seemed interested in bathing or rolling in it. Oh well, trial and error and of course, with birds, what is disdained today could be wholeheartedly embraced tomorrow!
Thanks,
Thea
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