Budgies refuse fruit and vegetables

by Alex
(London, England)

Hi, I have 1 adult female budgie and a juvenile budgie, and both downright refuse any type of fruit and vegetables apart from broccoli and rosemary.

Are there any ideas on getting them to try new fruits and vegetables, or any supplements (using term loosely) that contain fruit and vegetables or their extracts to ensure the budgies are getting the best nutrition. I don't think rosemary and broccoli would provide the best nutrition.
I have tried any difefrent ways to prepare and serve the foods, including blitzing them in a blender and chopping up in to small pieces before serving, but they look at it, as if to say "you are having a laugh, right?"

I have also tried to give them fruit and vegetables first thing in th morning after no food overnight, but thy just refuse again, and start to act very hungry.

They are already eating Harrison's pellets which they love.

Any ideas?

Thanks

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Dec 06, 2012
Thank you
by: Anonymous

Rita, thanks for your reply. I had tried this method, but ti was costing me a fortune, so I stopped as at the time I could not afford all the waste.

Many thanks

Alex

Dec 06, 2012
Thank you
by: Anonymous

Linda, thank you for your reply. It certainly puts my mind at rest to know that the Harrison's pellets make up for the lack of fruit and vegetables thay are not having.

I had not idea about the rosemary and would not have been giving it to them if I had known. That will stop now.

I will certainly look in to the bread mix.

Many thanks

Alex

Dec 05, 2012
Budgies refuse fruit and vegetables
by: Linda

If your birds are eating 80-85% Harrisons organic pellets, they do not need fruit or veggies. Harrisons is a 100% nutritional diet, and your birds are probably just full from eating what they are supposed to eat. Stop the Rosemary immediately because it falls into the category of herbs, and herbs are not to be given to birds without an Avian Vet's prescription and full approval. So, no more rosemary or you may poison your birds.

There is something here that is good nutrition and that they will like. Harrisons makes a bird bread mix in three flavors, and it is found here. Be sure and get Sunshine Factor's organic Red Palm Oil for the oil mix calls for, and it calls for two whole eggs and water after that. I bake it up, slice it up, wrap slices in saran wrap and put into freezer bags so I can take out what my birds will eat in a day or two. It keeps in freezer for up to 6 months and one loaf would last your birds for that long making it economical to use. Its base is Harrisons pellets, and it is souped up with various other tasty treats for birds. Your birds will love it as a treat food along with their pellets.

So, no worries about fruit and veggies if their diet consists of mainly Harrisons pellets. Birds from the hotter, dryer climes like Australia do not eat much fruit and few veggies unless they raid someone's crop field. It does not matter if birds are born here or there. Their home country is in their genetic makeup, so ones from Australia act like them and ones from other countries behave in a similar manner as their wild counterparts do.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

Dec 05, 2012
I understand
by: Rita

I am having the same trouble with my green cheek conure baby. They say just keep putting the food in everyday & eventualy they will go after it. Some birds learn quicker then others!

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