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First, kudos for trying to get your budgie on a better diet :) Seed isn’t a good staple diet for birds in our homes; in the wild it’s fine, since the birds are moving constantly and expending all the calories they take in, but birds in cages/houses can’t get that amount of exercise. It’s like bird candy! Fatty diets can lead to conditions like hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease… essentially the liver turns into a red/white blob) and shorten the lifespans of birds. They also lack a lot of essential vitamins necessary for your birdie to fight off infection, etc.
It can be tough to get budgies to eat fruits/veggies. The avian vet I’ve worked with (and her techs) are of the mind that they prefer things with a crunch to them. My budgie, Nimbus, HATES most fruits/veggies. I have her on lafeber’s nutriberries, which are a great transition food. They’ve got a lot of good vitamins, etc, on them and they’re much more along the lines of what budgies like to eat. Once they’re eating those, you can try converting them to a pelleted diet (smaller pellets are better, since they resemble seeds).
My vet recommends parsley as a budgie-fave, and Nimbus likes carrots/raspberries. One thing you can do to get the budgie to want to try veggies/fruits is eat some yourself and make a HUGE deal about how tasty it is. This works for some people :) Budgies also seem to like lettuce (not iceberg; there’s no nutrients in that really), and the cockatiel I fostered loved quinoa.
Also, budgies and cockatiels tend to be bigger fans of veggies than fruit. The thing I tried that finally worked with my tiel was tiny tiny broccoli florets—like cutting off the very tips of broccoli—and putting it on top of the seed. If sort of looks like tiny green seeds anyways! And now she’ll eat almost any veggie I put there, as long as it’s chopped up small, and actually gets super excited about it! I recently discovered that she also loves carrots. So that’s my advice—try chopping things up really small and budgie-sized, and try tiny broccoli florets too.
Oh I also second the rice thing. Even before she would eat veggies, Keuka loved cooked grains like rice and quinoa, and sometimes other random things like scrambled egg. There are lots of other healthy things you can trick them into eating! I have a parrot nutrition tag on my blog that has some posts on getting birds to eat healthy things that could be helpful, too.
I had a hard time getting my budgies to eat anything but seed for over a year. Thankfully they would eat the small amount of dried fruit and veggies in the seed.
I would suggest trying multiple varieties of food and always putting them in the same place in the cage so they get used to things being there. Also cutting things up really small helps as well and they may throw stuff out of their dish and eat it later like my budgies sometimes do.
In the past 2 weeks i discovered that my budgies LOVE kale. They can eat a whole piece of it in less than a day! I get my kale from a small farmers market so i know it is totally organic and fresh. A small bag has lasted a long time since they are the only ones who eat it and it was really really fresh when I got it.
If you put stuff in the same place every time and get them to at least try some veggies and fruit then they may like larger pieces with some things (like the kale) since it is fun to chew on. But still like small pieces as well.