01-23-2015, 12:09 PM
We buy in bulk--25 lb boxes-California golden, but there is no reason not to give your budgies a surprise taste treat Spray. For standard seed mix we use red and white millet. there are different types of red millet to choose from .
Millet is easily digested and mixes well with soft food especially for families.
We keep millet spray in all breeder cages and when enticing a hen to check out a nest box, we add a piece. when hen starts to sit tight through to weaning there is always a piece in the nest box for mom to nibble, and make plenty of crop milk, then the chicks watch and copy mom when they peck at the millet. It takes a bit of work for them to actually swallow a millet seed but it seems to make the transition easier with early exposure. When the first leave the nest we lay a piece down for the chicks as well as leave the regular one hanging for the parents.
We also start exposing the chicks to an assortment of water sources from the flat dish to the glass tube to the lixit 16oz bottle. So they gain the skills needed to find water source in a new cage. We always have 2 sources at least in every flight/cage. Until they are competent on perch we avoid any deep water dishes to avoid any drowning. Since we use the millet spray with electrolyte we expose the chicks to this concept by soaking a millet spray.
It helps in potential support while weaning or ill. Best wishes,
Thanks for the signature FaeryBee