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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 08-22-2015, 07:59 AM
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Hi. Everyone!!! I thought i'd share this vetafarm Maintenance Diet Parrot Pellets they are small little pellets for our budgies to nibble on. I use these for my budgie but he only picks at them sometimes as Indigo loves his seed the best...

The brand i have is formulated by Avian vets but this brand is made in Australia but you should be able to buy it over the internet..You can also get this brand with fruit mixed in the pellets as well... These little pellets are not hard to nibble on...

What i do is that i have two separate containers i put Indigo's budgie seed In one container and in the other container i put his small pellets.. It is my budgies choice if he goes for the seed more than the pellets..... Indi loves his seed the best i make up a good seed mix that is not fattening... Indi does have a nibble on the little pellets when he wants to..

Out in the outback of Australia the wild budgerigar's only eat grass seed there is no pellets in the wild for them to eat...

I give my budgie a good variety of seed mix plus a good variety of veggies and fruit....

I believe that our budgies should have a good variety of seed mix that is not fattening... I was told by a vet once that they only want to make money selling the product...

Anyway here is a photo of what i buy for my budgie Indigo. Indi loves his seed the best...





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Old 08-22-2015, 08:47 AM
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The vets only want to sell us the pellets only to make money on the product...
I don't agree with that statement. Obviously the vets are going to sell pellets to make money, but that is not their main intentions for selling pellets. Pellets provide budgies with nutrients not found in seed, and when part of their varied diet is very beneficial to their health. Yes, budgies do not eat pellets in the wild, but they also don't spend time in cages throughout the day, see a vet, play with silly DIY toys, and many other things that a domesticated bird does. That does not mean we should not take an opportunity to better their diet based on what birds in the wild do, especially when what we're talking about has been proven to be very beneficial to their health.

Many members, including myself, have had great success with pellets and know that they are beneficial to our birds when part of their diet.

I do like how you give your budgie a varied seed diet and fruits and vegetables, while offering the pellets, however budgies will always prefer seeds over pellets
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That is good. I think it is wonderful that people can get there birds to eat pellets... I admire them.... It was the silly vet who told me that they only make money from the product..... I think pellets are a good thing for everyone to try...

It is just my budgie doesn't care for them much.... I just thought I'd share the pellets I use as it is easy for our budgies to chew on....
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I think pellets are kind of unnatural. I prefer to feed seeds. But of course it's up to the budgie owner what to feed them. I think it's no surprise that budgies prefer seeds over pellets because seeds are natural. I think it's best to feed seeds,millet and veggies. But that's just my opinion!
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To me it's not a matter of believing in just the one thing over the other as far as diet goes.
I believe in variety when it comes to my flock's diet and yes, a good seed mix for budgies is vital and so are fresh foods, like sprouted seeds, veggies, the occasional little piece of fruit and egg food whenever needed.
Just like you, Lyn I have pellets for my budgies and they are also free to choose what they want to eat. Usually they would only eat them with gusto when I hand feed the pellets to them. My lovebirds take to the pellets more easily than the budgies and I don't fret over this at all because I know they are on a healthy diet.

Just some FYI, not all countries sell pellets for smaller birds, so pet bird owners don't have that much of a choice (not all people have the means nor the ability to order online) and still these people are able to provide a healthy diet to their birds. I'm not radical to the point of only allowing my birds to eat pellets, personally I don't really want to go that route.

In my country, bags of pellets for small birds aren't sold, at least not to my knowledge, since I have never seen them on specialized pet stores.
I get pellets through my budgies and lovebirds seed mix from Vitakraft that has pellets in the mix.
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Oh! I use Vetafarm, too, Lyn. They have a crumble that I'm just starting to get my birds to eat.

But you're right! No pellets in the outback. (Though it'd be pretty funny if there was. ) But wild budgies eat a heap of different stuff: like grasses, leaves, seeds, and lots of different shoots. They even sometimes *ick* eat the insects they find while foraging.

I really think there's wisdom in offering a varied diet -- like the diet that Lindsey recommends -- to our budgies, even if some vets are a little slow to believe that pellets have any place in it.
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To me it's not a matter of believing in just the one thing over the other as far as diet goes.
I believe in variety when it comes to my flock's diet and yes, a good seed mix for budgies is vital and so are fresh foods, like sprouted seeds, veggies, the occasional little piece of fruit and egg food whenever needed.
Just like you, Lyn I have pellets for my budgies and they are also free to choose what they want to eat. Usually they would only eat them with gusto when I hand feed the pellets to them. My lovebirds take to the pellets more easily than the budgies and I don't fret over this at all because I know they are on a healthy diet.

Just some FYI, not all countries sell pellets for smaller birds, so pet bird owners don't have that much of a choice (not all people have the means nor the ability to order online) and still these people are able to provide a healthy diet to their birds. I'm not radical to the point of only allowing my birds to eat pellets, personally I don't really want to go that route.

In my country, bags of pellets for small birds aren't sold, at least not to my knowledge, since I have never seen them on specialized pet stores.
I get pellets through my budgies and lovebirds seed mix from Vitakraft that has pellets in the mix.

I also believe in feeding a wide variety of foods to try and cover most or all of the nutritional needs of mt babies, Lynn I feed a pellet called Zupreem fruit blend... I also cook for my birds
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This is great info, Lyn, We all have to remember that pellets are processed grains with extra vitamins, minerals, nutrients compressed into various shapes.or served as small grains mixed with breeders choice of fresh foods and egg/food, sprouts and added nutrients or for treats can be baked in birdy bread.
Products like game bird starter are made for chickens and turkeys raised on farms. The important nutrients are present but the expensive pellets are replaced by the bulk granules. People with only a few birds can choose to use pellets or other supplements to provide a balanced diet. There are any number of recipes that are just fine. The point of all of this is keeping our birds healthy and free of vitamin and mineral deficient diets that weaken the immune system and allow harmful organisms to successfully take hold, making birds miserable and in danger of death. No one wishes this for our little ones. So each of us should study -research continually always looking for improvements that can help us care for our birds. Blessings, Jo Ann
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Thank you so much everyone... You all made me feel better.... I was worried that I may of said the wrong thing in my post I Had to change a few things in my post above...

I sent a PM to Ana to see if my post was alright I didn't want to upset anyone with the pellet issue..

I believe that our budgies should have there natural seed for there diet as pellets are kinda un natural to give them....

If you give your budgie a good variety of seed and veggies we will have wonderful healthy birds....

It is the owners choice to give there birds pellets maybe they do make our budgies healthy. I only wanted to share this as so many people buy the big pellets and I thought these little pellets would help people if they chose to give there Budgies pellets...

Indi has fresh veggies everyday plus fresh water 3 times a day changed...

Here is what I give my budgie in seed if anyone wants to try a breeder told me this he uses it all the time.....

1 cup of plain canary seed
1/2 of white Millet
1/2 of a cup of Jat Millet
Small amount of hulled Oats.

Mix this together store the seed mix in an air tight container in a dark cupboard.
I only fill Inds seed dish up as the container is small.... I buy my seed loose from a produce seed place....

I haven't had one health issue with Indi from the first time I got him he has never been sick... My bird is a show budgie so I have to give him the best of everything...

I believe if you give them a seed seed mix fresh veggies and fruit if you wish to give pellets that is fine but I still really like to be all natural.....
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I'm new to the world of parakeets, only having my budgie for 4 months, but the question I have regarding pellets is this: how long have pellets been around? Aren't they a relatively new trend in the pet bird industry? If so, do we really know what the long term effects of feeding birds a diet of strictly pellets will be? Just wondering...
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