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Old 07-01-2015, 08:52 PM
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Question Dr. Harvey's seed diet???

Sorry to keep posting but I really want my buddy to have a good diet and I am rather new in with budgies (I had a few before but I was a little kid and had no knowledge of them other than they were noisy )

So right now he is on LM Farms Vit-a-mix. And it *****. Just got Harrisons in the mail today, but of course they are pellets. I want to get fresh seeds for my buddy, but I think making my own mix would be too hard and expensive as I would have to buy in a rather big bulk of different seed. So I am thinking of ordering Dr. Harvey's seed diet and slowly get to 25-30% seeds, 10-20% fruits/veggies, and the rest pellets.

Is Dr. Harvey a good seed mix? What seed diet are your birds on?

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Hello, and welcome to TalkBudgies.

I personally used to have the basic millet variety of proso millet (red, white), canary seeds, and of course oat groats. These are the most basic variety for any budgie, and constitutes a stable seed diet.

Nowadays, I would like to add a bit more variety to my budgies' seeds. Now, I add Japanese millet (not to be confused with grey millet) and German Gold millet. I have two dedicated bird stores in Vancouver so I don't have to pay for the expensive shipping costs of buying online.

If you don't have the convenience of birds shops at your doorstep, I too wouldn't buy seeds individually online. If Dr. Harvey's seeds offer more variety, don't have pellets (which any budgie won't eat if mixed with seeds), and are fresh (within 3 months of harvest), then I would buy them. Another good brand is ABBA budgie premium. As soon as I run out of seeds I will buy ABBA.

But lets not forget, seeds aren't everything. There is an overwhelming evidence that fruits and vegetables should also be a part of a budgies stable diet. In fact, the kind of different ways manufacturers process seeds (such as steaming minerals, fish, insects into them, or adding pellets) is less important than you making fruits and vegetables avaliable to your budgies.

I hope that helps.

Hopefully more experienced members will add on to what I just said.

Its nice meeting you Jennifer, and if you can please post pictures of your budgie(s)!

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Hi... Personally, I think Dr. Harvey's is one of the best out there. I used to feed exclusively use this brand for seed. It's also one of the pricier products out there. I mix with Volkman's parakeet mix and I've used All Living Things brand (found at Pet Smart) as well.
My birds also have Zupreem Fruit Blend (in size extra small) in their diets.
Harrison's pellets are supposed to be the best ever... I never had much luck integrating them in my budgies' diet.
The one thing I know... be patient with the pace of the change..
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Thanks guys!

In my other post I asked how to switch to pellets and then I realized that though they need a little amount of seeds, the seeds I have are terrible and mixed with crappy pellets. I was going to go to the farmers market to get a variety of seeds but realized that I will be buying quite a lot of seed and 1) that's expensive; 2) I don't have enough storage so it may go bad before all can be used.

Unfortunately, there are no good bird stores here, so the only thing I can buy locally is Harrisons.

If Mr. Harvey seed mix is one of the best then I will buy it to add to my bird's diet. I plan on doing 20% seeds, 10-20% fruits/veggies, and the rest pellets. I think that will add a good variety to his diet.

I will definitely look into ABBA seed as well, thanks!
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