Millet only English Budgie (parakeet)
My English Budgie is almost a year old. I got him on Christmas 2008 as a baby, just a few weeks old. He's a social happy birdie. Loves every one of his toys, likes baths. I take him out often, mostly at night since we work all day. He always ate both his regular seed in a cup consisting of Red Millet, White Millet and Oats in addition to his natural millet sprays. I give him lettuce and celery as a treat sometimes too. He gets vitamins in his water.
We got a new batch of his "regular" seed (the white and red millet and oat mix) about two weeks ago and he stopped eating it. I thought it was that batch since he always ate it without a problem so I bought a new batch but he still refuses it. He will only eat the millet on the spray. I took the millet out of the cage for almost a day and he still wouldn't touch the regular food. Afraid that he would starve himself to death, I gave him back the millet spray and also got him a honey vita stick (basically white millet coated with vitamins and honey), which he loves. He finished two of them in a week.
It might be noteworthy that he was moulting when the finicky behavior set in, but he's done moulting now and still a seed snob! Did I spoil him or do you think he's sick? He's energetic and vocal as ever. Hard to believe that he'd be sick even though I know they try to fake it as long as possible for survival reasons. Is there enough nutrition in the millet sprays to just let him have his way? It's messier but as long as it's nutritious enough, I don't really care what he eats. I'm just afraid that I'm missing a problem or creating one by letting him have nothing but treats!