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Old 11-29-2011, 05:41 PM
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I just joined today, and I'm posting all over the place because my new budgie (my third in eleven years) is proving to be a challenge. He will ONLY eat spray millet. He ate a few seeds out of my hand a few days after I got him, but now he won't touch them. Maybe because I mixed Harrison's mash and pellets into the blend? I've had him for nine days, and I'm worried that the lack of nutrition will catch up to him. I don't want to introduce fruits and veggies until he is tamed and therefore more trusting. Still, I tried showing him that apple was good. He was briefly curious, but ultimately he refused to go near it.

Is this normal? My other two budgies took to seed/pellet mixes within days of their arrival. Maybe this one is too young for anything but spray millet? Does that happen?

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Old 11-29-2011, 05:57 PM
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give him some millet in the morning for and then only leave the seeds in the cage for the rest of the day. Eventually he'll try them just make sure he eats something everyday so he wont starve. Also, Sart adding the millet to the harrison's mash to get him to eat it. When you finally catch him eating some seeds, slowly reduce the amount of millet yu give him until he eats all seeds. Then, when he's eating all seeds start introducing ellets by mixing them in with the seeds or mix the seeds with mash like I said before. Also, try another brand of seed to see which one he like's best. GOOD LUCK, it took my budgie 2 wees to eat his new seed and pellets!
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Old 11-29-2011, 05:58 PM
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OHH and yes its normal. its just some budgies are slower than others lke my frst budgie took pellets on the second day of introducing them.
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Welcome to TalkBudgies!

If your bird is new, he may just need to get used to his new surroundings. Millet is a "comfort food" for budgies, and it may be the only thing they touch for a few days. Then you can usually get them eating seeds out of a dish (since most are fed just seed at the store) and gradually add pellets or other food, like Nydelis said. A warning, though: budgies almost always prefer seeds to pellets, and tend to eat around them if there is seed available. Good luck with your new birdie!
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Thank you! I'll take the millet sprays out mid-morning and return them in the evening, just in case he doesn't eat anything else.
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I just joined today, and I'm posting all over the place because my new budgie (my third in eleven years) is proving to be a challenge. He will ONLY eat spray millet. He ate a few seeds out of my hand a few days after I got him, but now he won't touch them. Maybe because I mixed Harrison's mash and pellets into the blend? I've had him for nine days, and I'm worried that the lack of nutrition will catch up to him. I don't want to introduce fruits and veggies until he is tamed and therefore more trusting. Still, I tried showing him that apple was good. He was briefly curious, but ultimately he refused to go near it.

Is this normal? My other two budgies took to seed/pellet mixes within days of their arrival. Maybe this one is too young for anything but spray millet? Does that happen?
What I did was just put a little bit of millet in his bowl with seeds and pellets. It's not a good idea to have millet available at all times. They LOVE millet and that's why it's best used as treats in the hand training process. They will usually pick millet over seeds and pellets and I've also heard that they are high in fat.
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Millet spray is actually chalked full of nutrients and vitamins - Most people don't know this - or refuse to believe it. but it is true.

Most people will tell you it's high in fat - False
It is actually low in fat.

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One particular seed, millet, is lower in fat and in fact, very nutritious. Millet is a grass that has the
botanical name of panicum miliaceum and is one of the most nutritious grains you can give to your bird. Millet contains high levels of proteins, carbohydrates, B-complex vitamins, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium in addition to a host of other important nutrients.
from http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=598

P.S. Millet is seeds and if you read your seed package ingredient list there will be at least 2 types of millet seed in it
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Millet spray is actually chalked full of nutrients and vitamins - Most people don't know this - or refuse to believe it. but it is true.

Most people will tell you it's high in fat - False
It is actually low in fat.



from http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=598

P.S. Millet is seeds and if you read your seed package ingredient list there will be at least 2 types of millet seed in it
Wow! Thanks for the correction. I had no idea.
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I knew that millet is a seed, although eating it is not the same as eating the stuff in a feeding cup. Thanks for the information that millet is actually quite nutritious, though. I always heard that it is "candy" for budgies, so I assumed that he was only eating junk food. Still, he cannot live on millet spray alone. I'm going to try Nyde's suggestion today.

I'd like to get him eventually on a diet that contains a little seed, pellets, and fresh vegetables/fruits. I was never very successful with my two previous budgies to get them on pellets. Our first would eat the occasional Zupreem fruit blend, but the second only got as far as eating the mash sprinkled on the seeds. Both would have rather starved than eat pellets, but since both died of cancer, I hope to get Harley eating a mostly pellet and fresh food diet with the hope that it might help prolong his life.
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Wow, thanks for the info on spray millet!! I had no clue... I always thought spray millet was a treat only.
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