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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of foods.

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Old 01-10-2007, 05:06 PM
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I searched the forum for a list of fruits and vegetables that are good to feed to budgies, but I didn't find one (I bet there is one, but I couldn't find it). So I decided to post one on here, plus it would make it easier for me to find it and would be great for people who are interested in introducing various fruits and vegetables to their budgies diet.

Nutritious Additions

Vegetables

-Radishes
-Turnips
-Carrots (root and tops)
-Cooked sweet potatoes
-Radicchio
-Endive
-Mustard & dandelion greens
-Swiss Chard
-Kale
-Parsley
-Cooked red potatoes
-Green beans
-Bok Choy
-Tomato
-Sweet red & green, and other types of peppers
-Cauliflower
-Broccoli (head and leaves)
-Beet & turnip greens
-Kohlrabi
-Sugar snap or snow peas
-Squash (peeled & steamed)
-Red beets (peeled)
-Romaine or green/red leaf lettuce
-Collard greens
-Corn
-Cucumber

Fruits

-Apples
-Berries
-Kiwi
-Mango
-Cantaloupe
-Honeydew
-Pineapple
-Cherries
-Cranberries
-Banana
-Pears
-Peaches
-Oranges
-Pomegranate
-Tangerines
-Star fruit
-Grapefruit
-Papaya
-Grapes
-Apricots

Wash all vegetables and fruits thoroughly before feeding. Remove the pits and all seeds from the fruit. Any vegetables and fruits left uneaten should be discarded daily so spoiling is not a problem. Because vegetables and fruits are high in water content, the urine portion of the droppings will increase.

Helpful tips for those who are beginning

Adding variety and appeal: Birds decide what to eat by sight, texture, and taste. Offer a wide variety of vegetables and fruit to provide a balanced diet. Keep them in as natural a state as possible and be creative when preparing meals. Hang food from the cage top or sides, weave food into the bars of the cage, or stuff food in the spaces of toys. As an example, for larger birds, feed corn on the cob rather than feeding kernels of corn in a dish. This will help entertain the bird as well as provide physical and mental stimulation.

Switching your bird from a seed-based diet: It is much easier to start a young bird on a varied diet of healthy foods than it is to convert an older bird to a new diet. A bird on an unhealthy diet may take more effort to be converted to a healthier diet. For more information, see our article: Switching from a Seed-based to a Pelleted Diet. When switching a pet bird's diet to one based on pelleted foods, you may notice a change in the bird's droppings, which will appear larger and lighter in color. If you see only scants amount of dark droppings, contact your veterinarian; it may mean your bird is not eating well and may need to be converted more slowly.

Can't forget this now can I.

Foods to avoid

Some foods are also labeled as do-not feed. These include:

High-fat junk food (potato chips, doughnuts, etc.)
Avocado (guacamole)
Chocolate
Alcohol or caffeine
Fruit pits
Persimmons
Table salt
Onions
Apple seeds
Mushrooms

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Great list! Very helpful I try to give my budgies all varieties that are healthy for them and they seem to enjoy it all.

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Great thread!

I can't imagine someone giving their budgie alcohol though.
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I can't imagine someone giving their budgie alcohol though.
you would be surprised, my conure coco will hunt down a pint!

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Are budgies allowed to eat nuts?

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Budgies can in fact eat nuts, if they are unsalted of course and it is preferable to offer them in their natural state (like not roasted or blanched for example). Examples of nuts you can feed your budgies are:
  • walnuts
  • pinenuts
  • almonds
I have read that raw peanuts are not good, but I am not sure why.

Just keep in mind that nuts are generally quite high in fat so you would only want to offer them occasionally.
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Don't forget various beans and legumes.

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Why not mushrooms? And I can't find it now, but I read somewhere to avoid feeding them grapefruit... And this was just after I had given one of mine some grapefruit, so I felt terrible, but there were no negative effects.

(mushrooms- not that I'm questioning you, or saying you're wrong, I just want to know why they're not good for the budgie.)
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i will go get my bird cookbook, let me look....

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