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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods
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tl:dr -> Is it ok to give my budgies grated carrots every day?

I'm so happy that my two budgies have finally started eating vegetables but I'm wondering how often to give these to them. Every website seems to have conflicting information. Currently,

1. Grated carrots: every day
2. Broccoli, spinach, coriander, baby corn, kale: 3-4 times a week (each)
2a. Cooked sweet potato, peas and frozen (& cooked) sweetcorn.: 2-3 times a week.
3. Other veggies, herbs & fruits, sprouted moong: occasionally.
4. Egg: 1-2 times a week (yeah, I know, it's not a veggie )
5. Vitamin supplement from the vet: every 2-3 days in their drinking water

Basically, I fill up two dishes with grated carrots and then hang the other veggies from the cage bars. I've seen them eat carrots (and the younger one at least tries everything else as well) but I don't think they really have large quantities of any of the veggies. E.g. if I didn't see them eat carrots, I wouldn't be able to tell because the level of carrots in the dishes doesn't really seem to reduce. The younger one definitely has large chunks of baby corn though whenever it's in their cage, probably 1/3 of a baby corn. The younger one nibbles at the other vegetables but in very small quantities (e.g. a few tiny bites of a spinach leaf)

On some websites I've read that you shouldn't give carrots every day but broccoli is fine daily and on other websites I've read the exact opposite. I know that humans can overdose on some vitamins such as vit A (even if it's unlikely unless you are taking supplements) and I think you aren't supposed to give too much of spinach or basil to budgies as it binds calcium. I just can't figure out what is meant by too much, especially considering that they are also getting a vitamin supplement.

Initially they weren't eating any veggies and the older ones beak looked quite unhealthy, which is why the vet suggested the vitamin supplement. I'm slowly reducing the frequency of the vit supplement from daily to just 3-4 times a week now. Should I stop it completely now that they are eating veggies?

Also, how long can you leave the veggies in their cage? I usually put them in their cage in the morning and leave them there for 8-10h till I return from work (on weekends, I change them every 4h). Somewhere I've read 24h and somewhere else just 2-3h. It's not too hot at the moment, about 18C.

Also, are these safe and how often can I give them:

Sugar snap peas
Mangetouts

??

Any other vegetables/fruits you'd recommend that are either super healthy or that your budgies absolutely love?

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Personally, I would stop giving your budgies vitamin supplements.
They are getting a healthy diet and should not need supplements other than Vitamin D (and possibly calcium).

You might consider scaling back on the carrots to every other day and try different vegetables on the days they don't get carrots in order to give them a bit more variety.

Mine love basil leaves, chickweed, zucchini and sweet red pepper.

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I agree with Deb. You shouldn't need to be giving vitamin suppliments if you birds are on a healthy diet unless your birds have a known deficiency.

The things I give occasionally is spinach, as it reduces calcium absoprtion or something like that, and fruits because they are high in sugar. Otherwise I like to give my birds a vege mixed selection.

The base for my mix is usually carrot or broccoli simply because these are available year round. Then added to that is whatever is seasonal, all thrown into a blender and stored in an ice cream container to use as required. It easily lasts 1 week this way. This mix is fed daily, but because it is a mix they are only get small amounts of a large selction.

I also include unchopped vege to their cage as the mood takes me. At the moment it is corn season here, so a couple of times a week they get corn cobs.
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Thanks. I'll stop the vit supplement but are you saying that I should give them a vit d supplement.?

I'm running out of ideas what other veggies to give them as I give them at least 3 different vegetables every day.

I'll try zucchini though (you mean courgettes, right?).can they have it raw or does it need to be cooked?

They haven't yet really taken to peppers. Do I have to remove the seeds?

Also, does anyone know for how long chopped vegetables last outside the fridge (ie inside their cage)

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I don't give mine green's everyday, usually every other because they seem to get a lot looser dropping's if they have green's everyday. If your going to give them everyday, I would do as Li suggested and chop finely with lot's of other non green fruits and veggies...
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It is indeed very hard to decide who is offering the right advice I can assure you any advice offered here comes from expert avian breeders and owners who have many years of experience and care.
I give my budgies a forage plate, they love it roughly cut and chop a variety then either place it in the bottom of the cage or scatter small amounts around, they love running around finding little treats.
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There is a huge array of vegetables, herbs and fruit that you can give your budgies. I am also known for giving my guys frozen vegetables, especially corn and peas since the season for these here is quite short. As for how long it will last in the cage, it depends on environmental factors; heat, humidity etc. On a hot humid day I wouldn't keep it in the cage for more than an hour or so, on a colder winters day It can last a bit longer. I still tend to change vegetables after a couple of hours though.

This thread mentions the most common ...
https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...es-fruits.html

Here is the list I work off ...

Cooked, Sprouted or Soaked Grains
Millet
Quinoa
Amaranth
Oats
Barley
Spelt
Brown or Wild Rice
Buckwheat

Cooked or Sprouted legumes
Adzuki
Mung
Sprouting Peas
Lentils
Chickpeas

Vegetables
Pumpkin
Carrots
Acorn or Butternut Squash
Red or Green Pepper
Kale
Dandelion Greens
Mustard Greens
Collard Greens
Turnip Greens
Broccoli
Celery
Cucumber
Romaine or other dark leafy lettuce
Jicama
Peas
Zucchini
Green Beans (cooked)
Tomatoes
Cabbage
Chinese Cabbage
Bokchoy
Carrot Tops
Cactus Leaf
Okra
Kohlrabi
Spaghetti Squash
Cauliflower
Radish
Chayote Squash
Brussel Sprouts
Escarole
Endive
Corn
Beetroot (beets)
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