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Red face Budgies love bananas ?

I have 2 Budgies Charlie and Frankie they both seem to love bananas I wanted to know if this is normal and how much I should give them?

Truth be told I have been giving them the peelings every other day and they LOVE them they spend a couple hours eating on it.

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I knew budgies could eat bananas but I didn't know they could eat the peel. Is it good for them?
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My last budgie Sparky(RIP) loved the inside of the banana peel,when I told my vet she thought it was odd because she never had met a budgie who would eat any part of bananas.
I let him eat as much as he wanted and never had any problems. Gracie-Mae won't go near them though.
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It is unusual for birds to eat banana they often find it too bitter. If your birds are eating it let them. Banana's are high in Potassium, Phosphorus and Magnesium which is often lacking in their normal diet. It is one of the reasons I use Banana Rice Cereal in my Lorikeet Mix. The lorikeets just don't seem to like the banana itself but the Cereal I use has dehydrated banana ground up to a powder and mixed in with it, and they love it. I use the Heinz brand of Rice Cereals in my mix. I get it from the manufacturer in 10kg bags as I make a lot of Lorikeet mix which I also sell.
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One of my budgies likes banana but the other wont go near it.
Kate C, I never knew that it was unusual for them to like banana but then again, if anything was unusual it would have to be one of my pets LOL.
Are there any brands of budgie mix with banana in it? If it's good for them I want my other budgie to eat it as well.
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It is unusual for birds to eat banana they often find it too bitter. If your birds are eating it let them. Banana's are high in Potassium, Phosphorus and Magnesium which is often lacking in their normal diet. It is one of the reasons I use Banana Rice Cereal in my Lorikeet Mix. The lorikeets just don't seem to like the banana itself but the Cereal I use has dehydrated banana ground up to a powder and mixed in with it, and they love it. I use the Heinz brand of Rice Cereals in my mix. I get it from the manufacturer in 10kg bags as I make a lot of Lorikeet mix which I also sell.

Kate C... you think you could post some pics of your lorikeets :O?


as Kate C ssaid.. bananas are healthy... so if your budgie is eating it its a good thing .. if your worried about your bird.. i would just suggest you give it to them fresh.. rather than over ripe.. it might get to sweet when over ripe but i believe buidgies can be sweet beaks.. so the extra suger might just get them hooked more.. iv never tryd bananas with my budgies.. i think i will..
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You could try them with dehydrated banana slices. Over here near me there are some budgie breeders who are using my lorikeet mix as a dry powder instead of egg and biscuit. Many Egg and Biscuit mixes now don't have any egg and no biscuit in it. My mix has whole powdered egg and biscuit crumbs in it, along with about 15 other ingredients. It is made of Bread Crumbs and Custard Powder, they go nuts over the vanilla flavour. They give the mix to them when they have young in the nest and are getting good results from it especially the size of the youngsters are starting to increase. I give the dry mix as a supplement to all my seed eaters when they have young in the nest. Because it is very easily digested the parents cram the babies with it so they get extra food which assists in growth.

I sure that the Heinz Banana Cereal is made for New Zealand as well as Australia so you could try mixing some of that with egg and biscuit mix (even try making your own by very hard boiling eggs and mashing very fine or grinding along with Milk Arrowroot biscuits). The Banana Cereal is mainly rice cereal with the dehydrated ground banana in it. Or even the Heinz Banana Egg Custard. I'm sure the company that makes it for Heinz in Australia also send it to New Zealand.
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