Is it okay for Phyllis to eat this?
I got a budgie, close to a year ago. She's approaching her hatchdate soon actually (happy bird-days are in order!)
I read somewhere that it's good for budgies to eat grains, but I was unsure what KIND of grain. For my own breakfast each morning I eat "Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal". I read the ingredients: whole grain brown rice, corn, sorghum, and buckwheat. Phyllis can't get enough of it, but I've only let her have nibbles here and there. Is it safe for her to eat? If it is, how much should I give her per day? I don't want to create negative effects on her health, so before she tries mighty tasty cereal for sure I have been keeping it away from her.
It's completely natural, it's not organic though (even if I'd like it to be). I have organic cream-of-rice and corn grits too, which I'm sure she'd love, and even if I did give her Mighty Tasty, I'd make sure that it would only be sparingly since it's not organic and I know mostly you should try to give organic fresh food.
Before you ask, I have fed her other things too like blueberries, (she loves the frozen ones but they make such a mess!) and apple which she'll only eat if I cut it into tiny pieces. She loves melon too but I never really have any around.
In short, I'd love to give her some mighty tasty hot cereal because she's already given it the go ahead, and she begs me for some every morning (even though if she sees you eating ANYTHING, she's going to try to swoop in and get some. hahha)
Sorghum is ok in the grain form but toxic in the leaf form. All the other ingrediant's are fine. My concern would be the amount of sugar in it. Manufacturer's like to add sugar and salt to everything so we enjoy their product more. I would check out the sugar and salt content and just use it as you already have, sparingly...:)
I share foods like this with my budgie too. He will have some bites of my oatmeal or cereal at breakfast. But the best food for budgies is pellets (like Harrison's) and some seed, plus occasional fresh veggies (you can find "safe lists" here on TB). I think it is safe for your budgie to have a few nibbles a day of this grain mix, but she needs to be fed budgie food mainly.
Thank you two!
She already eats a mainstream budgie seed mix with pellets in it, my cereal is not her entire diet haha!
I believe the sorghum is in grain form, because the cereal is stone-ground. There is also no sugar and no salt added, and I only make the cereal with water, not milk or anything. I don't add sweetener to it either, only frozen blueberries which she also likes to nibble on!
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