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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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Old 06-09-2015, 04:23 AM
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I plan on going raw & organic with my birds seed mix from now on. I'm fed up of feeding them those unhealthy artificially colored seeds that are in pet stores. They have weird stuff inside the seed mix and different artificially colored grains added in. I've tried three pet store mixtures for my birds, and didn't like any of it. Recently, my newest one had this square spongy like material in it. i thought of it as odd, and just discarded it thinking it was only a one time weird material in my seed mix. Sadly, the whole seed mixture was filled with them. Finding seeds that are organic is slightly hard where i live in, so im buying them online. The store itself is located in Montreal and i do not live there. But, they do have an online section where you can make your orders. I need a bit help with my homemade seed mix that i'm planning to give them from now on. Luckily, the website specializes in variety of seeds. The good news is that they are USDA certified and all their products are all organic. I liked a few products of theirs, but i'm not sure if they can be given raw. I will be using them raw, and uncooked so im a little worried if they can actually eat them. I plan on adding just maybe a variety of 5-6, then building up to it. Since this will be my first purchase from this website, i want to be on the side side by buying minimal then be sorry later on. Also, does quantity matter? For instance, should i have more millet than some other type of seed mix? Please help me friends

Here are some of the list if seeds that they carry. Can they be given raw?

ORGANIC ALFALFA
ORGANIC AMARANTH
ORGANIC TRI-COLOR MIXED QUINOA
ORGANIC BLACK CHIA SEEDS
ORGANIC BROWN FLAX SEEDS
ORGANIC BULGUR (FINE)
ORGANIC COUSCOUS
ORGANIC CRACKED FREEKEH
ORGANIC FARRO
ORGANIC GOLDEN FLAX SEEDS
ORGANIC HULLED BUCKWHEAT
ORGANIC HULLED MILLET
ORGANIC HULLED SESAME SEEDS
ORGANIC PEARL BARLEY
ORGANIC PUFFED QUINOA
ORGANIC RED CLOVER

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I don't think you can feed unsprouted alfalfa or quinoa. Have you tried checking out local health food stores? If it's a large one, you can probably find unhulled organic millet and canary. If you're going to do up a mix, I'd recommend 50/50 millet and canary. 10% should be grains such as wheat and buckwheat.

The mix I make up is equal portions of millet (red, white, porso, etc.) and canary. Then about 10% is wheat and around 10% is flax. I don't actually measure it, so my numbers are probably off. I just eyeball it, really. You can buy organic quinoa, chia, flax, mung, azuki, wheat, spelt, alfalfa, broccoli, mustard, etc. at health food stores for sprouting.

In my opinion, amaranth is kind of tiny to be given unsprouted. They're like a quarter the size of millet. I'm pretty sure chia, flax, buckwheat, millet, sesame seeds, and barley is fine given raw and unsprouted.

You've definitely got some cutie budgies there. I give my kids sprouted seed during the day (along with veggies, grass, fruit, etc), and dry seed at night. Dude! Would you be interested in perhaps growing your own seed? Millet and canary can grow in our area.
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I don't think you can feed unsprouted alfalfa or quinoa. Have you tried checking out local health food stores? If it's a large one, you can probably find unhulled organic millet and canary. If you're going to do up a mix, I'd recommend 50/50 millet and canary. 10% should be grains such as wheat and buckwheat.

The mix I make up is equal portions of millet (red, white, porso, etc.) and canary. Then about 10% is wheat and around 10% is flax. I don't actually measure it, so my numbers are probably off. I just eyeball it, really. You can buy organic quinoa, chia, flax, mung, azuki, wheat, spelt, alfalfa, broccoli, mustard, etc. at health food stores for sprouting.

In my opinion, amaranth is kind of tiny to be given unsprouted. They're like a quarter the size of millet. I'm pretty sure chia, flax, buckwheat, millet, sesame seeds, and barley is fine given raw and unsprouted.

You've definitely got some cutie budgies there. I give my kids sprouted seed during the day (along with veggies, grass, fruit, etc), and dry seed at night. Dude! Would you be interested in perhaps growing your own seed? Millet and canary can grow in our area.
I do not plan on sprouting them, i mean i can but i want to just do a seed mix as of now. I will keep a few cups aside and sprout them for later on Should i get all of the unhulled? Unhulled means without the shell right?
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Hulled means without the shell, unhulled (which may or may not be a word) means with the shell. I prefer seed with the shells still on. It makes them work for their food and the seed with the shells still on are capable of growing, whereas many hulled seeds are incapable of sprouting.
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Hulled means without the shell, unhulled (which may or may not be a word) means with the shell. I prefer seed with the shells still on. It makes them work for their food and the seed with the shells still on are capable of growing, whereas many hulled seeds are incapable of sprouting.
Sure, that makes sense. My birds can handle that Thanks a lot for the help, i'll be using it as a guide to buy my seeds
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