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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 07-31-2015, 07:04 PM
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I brought my budgies home about a week ago and just decided to get the pet store food they were eating at the time so they didn't have to transition to my home and new food at the same time. I'm shopping for new foods, I want to get a good seed and pellet, but I have no idea what to pick!

I've read the threads that talk about what they need for a good balanced diet but I'm still confused. I was just planning on ordering something off of amazon, so I put in the names of a couple brands I have seen discussed on here and sooo many options came up! There are natural, fruit blend, diet, daily maintenance, fortified, crumbles....and the list goes on! How do I decide which of these to buy?

I would love some specific suggestions for seeds and pellets I can order here in the US to start my birds on a healthy diet.

I'm going to work on getting them to eat fruits and veggies too, so far I've only tried strawberries and they have showed no interest....I know this might take time so I'll keep trying!

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For seed, I like Hagen's VME Staple Budgie seed mix (it also sprouts EXTREMELY well for me).

For pellets, I like Harrison's.
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Harrison's, roudybush, zupreem...there are a lot of quality pellet's out there, and folk's here at TB use most of them. It may be hard at first to convert them, there are various method's you can try. I converted my tiel last year by using nutriberries crushed up, and slowly adding more pellet and less nutriberri. You can try the same method with their current food. Two thing's I would recommend, sprouting seed, and getting them going on mashed hardboiled egg or eggfood, which is very beneficial for helping them with new feather growth during molt....
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Good brands of pellets are:
Roudybush
Harrisons
Zupreem
I started with Harrison's High Potency Mash (at my Avian Vet's recommendation) and sprinkled it over my budgie's seed mix to get him used to the taste. This allows the bird to associate the taste with a food source.

Now I keep three kinds of pellets in the cages 24/7.
Zupreen Fruity Pellets (most budgies seem to accept these quickly)
Use the smallest size - the ones labeled "canary".

Zupreem Natural
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Zupreem Avian Entrees Harvet Blend
Good seed brands are:
Dr. Harvey's
Volkmans
Fruit is high in sugar content so vegetables are actually healthier.
Look at the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum for advice on how to introduce new foods to your budgies.
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The first vegetable my guys tried (and loved) was sweet corn kernels sprinkled with a teeny bit of garlic powder (NOT salt).
Budgies seem to love "spicy" tastes.
My guys adore fresh basil, cilantro and chickweed.
They also like zucchini and red pepper.

https://www.cutelittlebirdiesaviary.c...gies-diet.html

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https://talkbudgies.com/holistic-natu...r-vinegar.html

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Thanks for the brand names guys!

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Two thing's I would recommend, sprouting seed, and getting them going on mashed hardboiled egg or eggfood, which is very beneficial for helping them with new feather growth during molt....
I've been wondering about hardboard eggs...I've seen a few people mention them but I wasn't sure what it was for. How often do you give them one?
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The first vegetable my guys tried (and loved) was sweet corn kernels sprinkled with a teeny bit of garlic powder (NOT salt).
Budgies seem to love "spicy" tastes.
My guys adore fresh basil, cilantro and chickweed.
I'll try giving them corn tomorrow! I was planning on making some anyway My brother's african grey loves corn on the cob.

I have a decent sized garden (basic veggies and herbs), I don't use any chemicals on it but I read somewhere that the soil can have some in it that are bad for them? Am I able to feed them the plants from my garden?
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Oh and why do you keep 3 different types of pellets Deb? Is that just for variety?
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