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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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Default beetroot and courgettes (zucchini) - raw or cooked?

I know that sweet potato is only supposed to be given cooked but are there other vegetables that are only safe when cooked? As a general rule of thumb, can I trust that if a vegetable can be eaten raw by humans then they are safe for budgies to be eaten raw as well?

Also, are tomatoes recommended at all for budgies? I've seen them on some budgie safe vegetables list (Yeah, I know it's a fruit ) but in general, for some reason I try to avoid anything that tastes slightly acidic (not sure why though). I think, I read somewhere that oranges aren't recommended but mandarins, tangerines, satsumas, etc are ok. Is this true?

Also, are mangetouts and sugar snap peas safe? If yes, raw or cooked? What about parsnip and leek?

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Beetroot can be given raw, makes a lovely murder seen look on the budgies feathers haha, and courgette can be given raw but some like to blanch it so it's softer for them. I don't know how the "human eats raw means safe for budgies" rule works out, as budgies can eat broccoli raw and other things we wouldnt, so I guess its just a matter of researching individually
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Thanks so much, so beetroot and courgettes will be on their menu today. Hope they'll like it.

They seem to prefer their vegetables raw though prefer is slightly exaggerated as they aren't a huge fan of veggies.....That's why I'm so keen to offer them more options in case anything hits their sweet spot.
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Beetroot can be given raw, makes a lovely murder seen look on the budgies feathers haha, and courgette can be given raw but some like to blanch it so it's softer for them. I don't know how the "human eats raw means safe for budgies" rule works out, as budgies can eat broccoli raw and other things we wouldnt, so I guess its just a matter of researching individually
Beetroot is great isn't it! Nothing more fun then getting a red faced budgie, even better than orange faced budgies But what do you mean you don't eat raw brocolli? A raw broccoli salad is delicious, I think I need to convert you to raw food eating

I had never thought of a "we eat it, they eat" theory regarding feeding them raw before. I do agree that it is more likely that they will eat raw what we consider unpleasant. The only things I can think of that I blanch or steam for my budgies are beans and sweet potato. Anything else that may require cooking I just don't feed them as there is such a huge selection of other foods out there.

I am the same as you regarding tomato and citrus/acid based fruits. I believe we can feed it to them but prefer not to. I also wouldn't feed leeks as they belong to the onion family, a no go food for me.

Sounds like your budgies are in for a treat
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I have not heard the of this theory but it mostly seems sound.
Nothing from the onion family as its a blood thinner.
Tomatoes belong to the nightshade family and can exacerbate inflammation conditions in humans - like arthritis - but you have to eat a lot. But there would be no issue of toxicity in budgies.
Oranges are fine (my Bertie freaking loves oranges) but lemons, limes and grapefruit are to acidic and bitter.
Ripe persimmons are fine but unripe ones contain to much tanning agent.
Cucumber is suppose to be great for them especially if moulting
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