"Budgies are from a desert region and as such have water conserving abilities that have evolved in them over time and pellets interfere with these natural functions in the budgie, so that pellets are not recommended for them. Also the high potency pellets are not normally recommended for birds that are not very young, sick, malnourished or very old."
This is the response I got when asking on another forum about pellets/scheduled feeding.
My avian vet recommends pellets/crumble as part of my birds nutritional needs and that's the advice I'll be sticking with. Perhaps the budgies have developed water conserving abilities to survive in a desert environment but our budgies are far from those sort of dangers and therefore it is not a necessity to use them.
Just because they may not have access to pellets in the dessert, it does not mean that their diets cannot be improved allowing them to live healthier lives.
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The policy here on TB is to always follow the directions of your Avian Vet.
We exchange experience and information here on TB. ALWAYS, check any information and make an educated decision whether to use this information to care for your budgies. For every budgie and owner and vet there can be several ways to successfully keep a budgie healthy and happy. If this feels like good info, check it out and decide whether to use this. Never, Take what anyone says is correct, me included, Check it out and make the results your action. Do not let others just think for you. and forget it!!!
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I would not say pellets have no place in a budgies diet. Our goal in our aviary is to provide a broad diet content including fresh, dry, egg food basic seeds with 10% of the fun /treat seeds with calories, and pellets just in case we some how miss some nutrient needed in your birds diet. We also add vetafarm's Soluvite D, ACV, Electrolyte and probiotics as needed and other nutrients as needed. You never know until you try it and see how your budgies health and well being improves. It will be different for every budgie, but similar through experience of a lot of people here on TB and always meet the approval of your avian vet. Blessings, Jo Ann
I agree, desert conditions are completely different from domestic life which is why they eat a mostly seed based diet and have completely different conditions.
I see no reason why we give them pellets to improve their diet, there's no "water retaining capabilities" that would be interfered with nor that need to be used in a place where they always have access to the things they need.
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One will always encounter people who have opposing viewpoints when it comes to various topics regarding budgies (just like there are opposing viewpoints on how to best rear children).
Examples of topics that have very strong proponents on both sides include wing clipping, seed vs pellet diets, breeding practices, etc.
In making any important decision with regard to budgie care, I would recommend the following:
Remember not all information you receive is valid under every circumstance. People living in different countries face different situations and and some areas have more limitations than others. Circumstances are not always going to be comparable.
Verify facts independently when possible through your own personal research by looking for articles, scientific papers, advice posted by Avian Veterinarians, etc.)
Always weigh the validity of any information on the basis of the knowledge and experience of the individual offering it.
Remember some individuals will try to present themselves as experts but know very little about the topic(s) at hand.
Additionally there are those who have the ability to sway opinion by appealing to what seems to be common sense or logic when in fact their reasoning is based on a faulty hypothesis.
In most cases, there will be valid points to arguments presented from both sides of specific topics.
Weigh the evidence carefully, discuss the matter with a trusted Avian Vet and do the best you can.
I assume they are referring to the water that the budgies store could be compromised by pellets as they will soak up the water during the digestion process?
Our budgies have water available all day . As all above have said by all means read and listen then make your own judgement. TB is and always will be a wealth of knowledge regarding budgies, BUT we always stress we are not Avian Vets and do not substitute or claim to be 100% right.