On 11/29/05, Sparow wrote:
> Hi, I was wondering if anyone had any insight into
> those "treat disks." We recently put up a "calcium treat
> cup" (thingy) for our Budgie, and while she has taken to it
> (Predictably, as she demolished her previous mineral block
> into a pile of pink dust), she does not seem to be able to
> handle the "treat discs" of seed that it came with. We
> noticed that she couldn't get the seeds off of it, and,
> having observed her sporadic interest in a similarly
> constructed (but out of different types of seeds) treat
> stick, we took out the disc and broke it up to help her, as
> we had heard of Budgies having trouble with those treats
> that are stuck together with honey. She immediately became
> more interested in it, and took the small clumps of seeds
> out of the bowl and tossed them around! However, she still
> wasn't eating them, and seemed unable to. We have been
> occasionally giving her some of the "ecotrition" food
> supplements (made by 8-in-1) in her regular food, for
> variety, and she enjoys them, so I put a little of that in
> the calcium cup. Right away, she began to munch on it.
> Looking at the packaging, I see that those treat discs
> contain Sunflower Seeds, and Pumpkin seeds! Budgies don't
> eat that! I don't think she can hull them! Are there any
> treat discs that are REALLY designed for budgies (not just
> claim to be)? Or does anyone have a suggestion of a type
> of 'loose' seed that we could give her for a treat? She
> loves her spray millet, but we've got a holder for that
> (and it's so cute to watch her unhook it and play with
> gravity--that's half the fun for her!) so I don't want to
> put spray millet in it, but something different instead.
> Has anyone else noticed their budgies having trouble with
> treat discs or sticks? There isn't aything wrong with her
> beak, because she can't handle them, is there? She eats her
> regular food and her spray millet just fine! I would
> appreciate any reflections or advice! Thanks.
First of all, be thankful that she demolished her calcium
treat cup. Many birds won't use them.
Have you tried Lafeber's Nutri-berries? They are nice treats
and are made with seeds sized appropriately for specific
birds. They have a budgie formula and the seeds are selected
for that size bird.
Even if your bird doesn't eat or ingest the entire item that
you're serving it, the stimulation that they get from just
destroying the treat can be beneficial to their well being.
There are home made treats that you can make for your bird
and that way, you control the ingredients and sizes that are