Here's another topic beaten to death, but i havent found any concrete solutions on the net, my budgies eat only grass seed, they're extremely fussy and don't eat anything else. Even if they're starving. we've tried everything which includes tempting them by eating their food ourselves to show them it's edible and tasty. they just dont get it.

we're really anxious to make them eat vegetables , other seeds etc and have tried mixing foods but they eat what they like and ignore the rest. any practical ideas which have worked will be most welcome.

Also, i love my budgies very much, how do i express it to them in budgie language ? does it involve stroking their beaks ? how does a human get across the message "you guys are cool" to budgies ?
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Manik
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Also, i love my budgies very much, how do i express it to them in budgie language ? does it involve stroking their beaks ? how does a human get across the message "you guys are cool" to budgies ?

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Here's another topic beaten to death, but i havent found any concrete solutions on the net, my budgies eat only ... includes tempting them by eating their food ourselves to show them it's edible and tasty. they just dont get it.

My budgies love their seed and millet. I do add other foods to their diet, but the bottom line is that they're seed-eaters and will choose seed first before anything else.
With budgies I've noticed it takes a long time before they'll even try new foods. You have to keep on putting the new food in their cage over and over. It may take weeks (even months) before they feel adventurous enough to sample a bite, but there will come a day where their curiosity will overcome them and they'll take a nibble of the new food.
we're really anxious to make them eat vegetables , other seeds etc and have tried mixing foods but they eat what they like and ignore the rest. any practical ideas which have worked will be most welcome.

As I said, keep on putting the new food in the cage. If it's fresh fruit or cooked/fresh vegetables, leave it for a few hours and then remove it. Try serving the fruit/veg in different ways in chunks wedged between the bars or grated into smaller pieces in foodcups. My budgies love sweet apples and pears, celery (including the tops), carrot, broccoli and cauliflower.
You can also tempt them with cooked rice (brown/wild), cooked macaroni, or bits of good nutritious bread.
The more varied the diet, the better off your birds will be.
Also, i love my budgies very much, how do i express it to them in budgie language ? does it involve stroking their beaks ? how does a human get across the message "you guys are cool" to budgies ?

Spend a lot of time with them ... talk to them a lot ... play music for them. Budgies love their people, so regular daily interaction is really important to keep your budgies happy. They also love toys, so keep them happy and busy with bird-safe toys. They especially love mirrors and anything with bells.
Anyway, this is my own experience. Hope it helps.

Linda
Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
I got my budgie back in December, now he's around 20 weeks old. He too is very fussy about his food. He will only eat seed and millet. However I've been providing pellets and tiel mix. What I started doing was having dinner with him. I would bring him and his seed bowl to the dinner table and I would eat with him. What I've found is that my budgie is more willing to try something while I'm eating with him. He started eating cheerios which was a big step.

He likes sunflower seeds but I don't think he can break the shells so he ignores those. But the coolest thing that happened was I had a salad one night for dinner and he stopped eating to watch me eat. He was so intrigued by what I was eating that he jumped into my salad bowl three times! He sat there all kinds of happy covered in soy-ginger sauce. Needless to say he got some romaine lettuce that night Emotion: smile
Anyway that's been my experience, perhaps you can apply this to your bird.

Rusty
P.S. Remember to chop fruits and veggies into small chunks, or different styles, it certainly can't hurt.
don't think he can break the shells so he ignores those. But the coolest thing that happened was I had ... there all kinds of happy covered in soy-ginger sauce. Needless to say he got some romaine lettuce that night Emotion: smile

Come to think of it, they are very inquisitive about what i'm eating. when they see me eat, they turn their heads, they have jumped into my food once. let me try this out !
Here is a list of calcium sources I received from my avian vet. My budgie especially likes kale. If you don't do it already, try clipping the vegetable or fruit to the side of the cage with a plastic clip (safer) next to a perch. For some reason, birds will often eat something when it's in that position even though they've previously ignored it in their food bowls.

Best calcium sources are:
turnip greens, chinese cabbage, mustard greens, leeks, watercress, chard, collard greens, kale, dandelion greens, endive, beet greens, parsley, yellow wax beens, blackberries, and papaya.
Moderate calcium sources are:
cabbage, strawberries, turnips, okra, rasberries, green beans, guavas, apples, pears, mango, radish, eggplant, and romaine lettuce.

Poor calcium sources are:
Blueberries, summer squash, zucchini, carrots, cantaloupe, yams, apricots, plums, beets, pitted cherries, cucumber, pumpkin, sweet potto, iceberg lettuce, asparagus, tomato, pineapple, bananas, peas, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, corn, alfalfa sprouts, kidney beans, lima beans, white potatoes, green peppers.
Dave
Here is a list of calcium sources I received from my avian vet. My budgie especially likes kale. If you ... Moderate calcium sources are: cabbage, strawberries, turnips, okra, rasberries, green beans, guavas, apples, pears, mango, radish, eggplant, and romaine lettuce.

Actually yellow wax beans and blackberries have very little calcium. Strawberries, rasberries, apples and pears have very little calcium. Broccoli has about as much calcium as those fruits. Birds don't need a lot of extra calcium. Of course egg laying females need it, but there's really no need to stress extra calcium in a bird's diet.
The foods you mentioned above are healthful and a nice supplement to seed/pellet, to add variety to the bird's menu.
Here is a list of calcium sources I received from ... beans, guavas, apples, pears, mango, radish, eggplant, and romaine lettuce.

Actually yellow wax beans and blackberries have very little calcium. Strawberries, rasberries, apples and pears have very little calcium. Broccoli ... The foods you mentioned above are healthful and a nice supplement to seed/pellet, to add variety to the bird's menu.

My avian vet is the vet who saved the African Grey Rupert. Don't know if you've heard of that bird, but he was in People magazine, etc.

Anyway, I tust his info. Not saying that you are absolutely wrong, but just that I trust his knowledge of birds 100%.
Dave
Anyway, I tust his info. Not saying that you are absolutely wrong, butjust that I trust his knowledge of birds 100%. Dave

Glad to hear you've got such a good vet. I would like to point out that even though he treated Rupert and may be an excellent vet he's also got a condition called "being human". I'm not just talking about your vet either, don't ever trust anyone 100% not even yourself. That human condition is catching... I got mine from my parents LOL
That being said, thank you for that list! I've just read that pionus should get more calcium and was off to find out what had the most calcium and read up a little more on nutrition since my knowledge of that is limited. I've been trying to decide if I have the dedication necessary to sprout my own seeds... isn't that awful! If it don't come in a box I don't know how to burn it LOL Anyway, these darned birds are making me pay attention to nutrition for the first time in my life and that list is a great leaping off place. Thanks again!
Ma
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