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I recently bought a 6 mos. old budgie and he grew up with bird seed diet. I want to feed him healthier foods, fruits & vegetables. For now, I'm trying to feed him a banana but he won't eat or pay attention to it. I even smothered it with bird seeds to no avail.. How can make him eat healthy foods? Thank you.

askbirdbloggers:

askbirdbloggers:

Hi there,

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. 

—Lucy (bootywraith)

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.

—Katie (flockdynamics)

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.

pepperandpals:


Pls helb poof birb obtain millet seeb.


Always willing to help a birb in need

pepperandpals:

Pls helb poof birb obtain millet seeb.

Always willing to help a birb in need

pepperandpals:

EDIT: I took the donation stuff out as all of the $120 vet bill has been recouped. Thank you so much to those that donated! You can still commission my friend if you like up until the 31st when this all ends. Extra money will go to a new Vision cage fund. Also see below for what’s been added to the giveaway! My friend fyuvix is helping me out by taking art commissions for the birds. She’s an awesome artist who will digitally draw your bird (or if you don’t have a bird you can request any bird species) for the prices listed above. If you’d like to commission her for the birds, send an email to thirdpotato@gmail.com with the bird you’d like and a reference photo.
This is also a giveaway post! I’m giving away a set of Pepper and Pals one inch buttons, (sorry I don’t have a pic of them yet. This vet thing was sudden so I haven’t made them yet) some of Pepper’s molted feathers, and your very own Pinocchikeet! I will be adding more bird-related goodies as well. Here’s the rules:
Reblog to be entered. Only one reblog counts. Likes do not count.
You do not have to be following me to enter but it would be awesome if you did! Hope you like birds.
Please have your ask box open so I can let you know if you win. You must also be willing to supply me with your address.
No giveaway blogs. In other words don’t reblog on a blog that you use just to reblog giveaways.
US and Canada only due to shipping.
Giveaway ends July 31st!
If winner does not reply with address within 72 hours of winning, a new winner will be chosen.
If this goes well, I’ll do another giveaway just for my followers. Thank you so much for your help and support. It means the world to me and my birds.
NOW ADDED:
Along with a few other bird trinkets, in commemoration of the Dashcon fiasco, this ball pit ball has been added:

You have until the 31st to reblog for a chance to win these bird goodies!

CUTE BIRBS.

pepperandpals:

EDIT: I took the donation stuff out as all of the $120 vet bill has been recouped. Thank you so much to those that donated! You can still commission my friend if you like up until the 31st when this all ends. Extra money will go to a new Vision cage fund. Also see below for what’s been added to the giveaway!

My friend fyuvix is helping me out by taking art commissions for the birds. She’s an awesome artist who will digitally draw your bird (or if you don’t have a bird you can request any bird species) for the prices listed above. If you’d like to commission her for the birds, send an email to thirdpotato@gmail.com with the bird you’d like and a reference photo.

This is also a giveaway post! I’m giving away a set of Pepper and Pals one inch buttons, (sorry I don’t have a pic of them yet. This vet thing was sudden so I haven’t made them yet) some of Pepper’s molted feathers, and your very own Pinocchikeet! I will be adding more bird-related goodies as well. Here’s the rules:

  • Reblog to be entered. Only one reblog counts. Likes do not count.
  • You do not have to be following me to enter but it would be awesome if you did! Hope you like birds.
  • Please have your ask box open so I can let you know if you win. You must also be willing to supply me with your address.
  • No giveaway blogs. In other words don’t reblog on a blog that you use just to reblog giveaways.
  • US and Canada only due to shipping.
  • Giveaway ends July 31st!
  • If winner does not reply with address within 72 hours of winning, a new winner will be chosen.

If this goes well, I’ll do another giveaway just for my followers. Thank you so much for your help and support. It means the world to me and my birds.

NOW ADDED:

Along with a few other bird trinkets, in commemoration of the Dashcon fiasco, this ball pit ball has been added:

You have until the 31st to reblog for a chance to win these bird goodies!

CUTE BIRBS.

onecelestialbeing:

cyosecret:

kckilgannon:

bossrobotdad:

phantomessangel:

Don’t Leave your kids in the car.

Spread this like wildfire. This man, Terry Williams, made a PSA to spread the reality of what little children go through when locked in a hot car. 

As it says in the USAtoday article: 

A child’s body temperature can increase three to five times faster than an adult’s. That means only minutes left alone in a car can be fatal for a child.

"I’m sitting in the car with the windows rolled up cause I want to know how it feels to be left in the car," 

"As you can see, I’m sweating, like I can barely breathe out here, but my system is stronger than these little kids systems."

Tumblr I’m counting on to get this going. Spread it like wildfire.

This is a topic that make me sob every time I see reports on the news of children or animals suffering from being left in a hot car. These innocent lives who suffer like this cannot protect themselves.

So, please take the time to spread this message and help people to stop and think before considering to leave precious lives locked in a vehicle. 

More information on Terry Williams and his PSA campaign go here: 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/07/10/man-social-media-car-deaths-north-carolina/12468881/

I remember hearing about several deaths involving this shit on the radio god damn.

How can someone even justify leaving a helpless infant alone in a car at all?

SIGNAL BOOST.

Seriously I had people saying shit like “Oh it can happen, you can forget about your baby for a minute.”

Really? I dont know how you forget about your own baby even for a second. 

coelasquid:

imageI can tell this pigeon is very comfortable with Mike Tyson because this is generally my experience trying to get my face close to my birds

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pepperandpals:


There’s a lot of indecisiveness in this photo.


My female budgie Cas does this when she does not want to be picked up and come out of the cage. You can get one foot but not the other.

pepperandpals:

There’s a lot of indecisiveness in this photo.

My female budgie Cas does this when she does not want to be picked up and come out of the cage. You can get one foot but not the other.