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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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I know a lot of folks here recommend pellets. I've tried Zupreem and Roudybush. The crew is not having any part of it so I give up. I know a lot of people also suggest Dr Harvey's and Volkman seed. Most of my birds are older and I have fed them Kaytee Supreme parakeet seed. It doesn't have the colored bits in it and is vitamin enriched. Dr. Harvey's and Volkman are not vitamin enriched. I also use the Missing Link avian food supplement. I think the recommended seed mixes have great ingredients, but I am reluctant to switch since there are no vitamins. Thoughts?

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I have been feeding kale, parsley, carrots, basil and sometimes Apple too

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I'm in the same boat as you. Honestly, I wouldn't be too worried if they're eating fresh vegetables as well, since they should get the vitamins they need from that
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Thanks Bella - I worry about vitamin D. I also read that seeds are higher in fat than pellets. I compared the guaranteed analysis of Zupreem pellets and the Kaytee Supreme seed. The pellets had more fat. I'm baffled lol

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My personal thoughts are, if your budgie is getting a varied diet which contains a mix of seeds, crumbles, pellets, greens e.t.c. then they do not need vitamins added to their diet. Of course cuttlebone ,and birds that are breeding require a special diet .
If your birds do not get outside for some sun them vitamin D is a wise supplement.
I have a Megaback budgie so he is on a special diet, I use probiotics in all of my birds seed mix as well as ACV .
I also collect fresh green grasses with seeds which the birds go mad for, sprouting is great as well.
Egg and Biscuit mix is also a good food for sick birds.
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If you're worried about Vitamin D, I would just make sure they get direct sunlight. I always make sure my birds get enough sunlight, as I have had a bird (european starling) almost die from lack of vitamin d
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