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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods

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Old 01-10-2017, 04:52 PM
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I took Jester to a well bird visit over the holiday to a recommended vet and she didn't take the trip well at all. I liked them well enough but she was so upset that it was difficult for them to do much with her. She is an apparently healthy little bird who still needs her nails trimmed but we didn't want to upset her longer then needed that day.
The only food she will eat is Vitakraft Menu Vitamin Fortified Parakeet food and of course millet. Giving her fresh food results in complete panic. She will happily play with or ignore food items placed on her bead skewer that she loves until it squishes or she tastes it then she goes into a fear flight. Mixing them with millet or her food causes the same reaction. Swapping a bit of banana for the millet I was feeding her on her gym nearly made her go facehugger on me in her determination to flee. If I leave the offending scary thing in her space she will eventually go back to ignoring it but she won't touch it. Jester is completely fine after about ten minutes with new toys and perches. She seems very curious about everything except food. Now that she is molting again I am worried that she isn't getting everything she needs.
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Have you tried finely chopping the veggies into tiny bits and placing them on a bowl?

Since your budgie is so far scared and reluctant to try fresh foods and given the fact she is currently moulting, you can get her ready-made dry egg food.
You can find this at any specialized pet store.
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She certainly is a pretty little girl!

Does Jester seem interested in what you are doing when you are with her? If so, you could try nibbling on a vegetable, making excited happy noises to see if that piques her curiosity.

Have you made any effort to get her to eat pellets?

When I introduced pellets to my budgie, my Avian Vet recommended using Harrison's High Potency Mash and sprinkling it on the budgie's seed mix every day. This way, when the budgie hulls the seed it tastes the pellet mash and ingests bits of it as well. This helps the budgie identify the taste as a food source. The mash will have nutrients your budgie may be missing in eating only the seed mix so it may be worth a try for you.

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I agree with Faery and aluz. Don't give up! Be sure to check out the Diet and Nutrition Stickies on the forum!
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I have tried small bits of fresh things in a treat dish as well as mixed into a little bit of of seed or millet. She is fine with them until she comes in contact with them and then panics.
When I first got her she was eating only pellets and the vet urged me to try to get her to eat seed and fresh things so we haven't gone back to it yet. I am going to do as suggested and will start spiking her seed with egg food tomorrow. I have ordered some of the recommended mash but it's on backorder from Amazon and my immediate stores didn't have it. Should I combine that with the egg food or just do one at a time?
I also am going to try to trick her by mixing her existing Vitakraft seed with Volkman superfood because I feel like she's not eating the larger bits in the Vitakraft.
Jester is curious and interested in what people are doing in my office space. I was able to convince her that the gym, desk and bath was not a parakeet eating monster as well as her travel cage by using an action figure but she apparently doesn't trust Deadpool's food choices. She nibbles on my fingers after I handle fruit but that's as close to cool with it as she has been.
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I would try the dried eggfood and the mash separately so you don't overwhelm her.

Good luck and let us know how things progress.

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Keep us posted, Clevergirl!
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My Tiki (2 years old) never ate veggies until just the last month!

To get him interested, before I go to bed I take out his seed from the cage. In the morning I put in his veggies when he's most hungry and willing to try.
I put them into a veggie chopper so they come out super tiny. I use all kinds of colorful ones- peppers, kale, carrots and then add dried sprouted quinoa as well. Then put his pellets in there (also something he would NEVER touch unitl this past month!) and then sprinkle with probiotics. The first week I put a load of millet on top. Every couple days I lessened the amount until there are no chunks of millet just the tiny seeds on top. Now I am mixing it down in there so he really has to dig for it. Over the next month I plan to faze out the millet all together and up the pellets on the veggies. He loves it at the moment. Just make sure you don't leave in for more than an hour or so so pellets and millet don't grow bacteria in wet veggies.

Also the first time I had him eat it, I had him step up on the same bowl he uses for seed. He would not take veggies out of any unusual bowl at first. Now he will but I think using the same kind of bowl as his seed told him it's food. I also held the bowl and had him step up on it outside of his cage so it was more of an event. Because I was holding it, and it was in front of him, he tried it. Previously though, like yours he used to fly away in horror every time! But I learned it was the size, like someone else pointed out, that really makes a HUGE difference.

I also use the mash because he, until putting them on his veggies, hated pellets. And he still isn't in love with them, but he's tasting them now and getting more used to them slowly. I also read recently about people putting them on a big sheet of paper and just letting them forage the tiny pellets for "fun" to get used to it. Tiki has done this and went from picking up and just crushing them to eating a few rencently. So small victories!

But I use mash and I put A LOT. I put 2 tablespoons on top so he has to really dig through the mash to get to his seeds. That way he eats a lot inadvertently. Start off VERY slow with the mash though and increase it over a months time. Just a sprinkling, so light, like you are putting salt on their seeds at first. Keep a little book log and keep track of how much you go up by weekly. Eventually she will eat seed with it on top. My avian vet said keeping her on mash indefinitely would be fine, but others on here may know better.
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