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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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Default A few questions about millet

I remember my last two budgies from years ago loved millet so I bought Sydney some. Then I realised I'm not exactly sure what to do with it! I'm sure I used to just hang some in their cage and they helped theirselves but I wanted to check a few things.

Is it healthy? Like too much won't be bad for him?

How do I 'serve' it, when and how often?

Are there any big no no's I need to be careful of? I've just bought a load from a pet shop because it's cheaper to buy 10 strips than individually, what's the best way to store it and does it go off?

Sorry for all the questions, I'm a worrier

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Always feed regular food first. We feed Millet spray attached to top of cage with clips so they hang down near perches. We also try to make it possible for 3 or 4 birds to forage a once. As treats go , most all budgies love millet spray
and it is healthier than sugar based treats. If a budgie is sick and off its food change drinking water to electrolyte and pre soak some millet spray in some electrolyte to encourage the bird to continue to eat. We get together and buy 25 lb boxes /minimum order 8 at a time. The millet spray has to be fumigated before shipping and it keeps for us several months at least. Right now the drought has reduced production, and our vendor is not taking any new customers and we even have to get on a back order list. So if you come across a 5 lb box at a good price grab it . Cost plus shipping is approaching 60 dollars a 25lb box with min 8 box order whole sale so It would not surprise me to see the 25 lb boxes going for100 dollars + retail. Save the seed that shakes off the spray and add it to the birds seed in the dish as millet is one of the better basic diet seed.
Many breeders feed millet spray to breeding parent to help them make the best high quality crop milk for young and for weening chicks it is great as well. We keep millet spray in each breeder box /fresh daily to keep the hen able to produce good crop milk and to give chicks a head start on practicing cracking seed shell. Keep the seed cool and dry in a sealed container. It keeps very well. Blessings, Jo Ann
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Thank you for your reply. Thankfully it still seems readily available in Scotland and at a really good price. I'll be sure to store it properly.
Thank you for the advice on the electrolytes too.
I love this forum for all these great bits of advice . It is very much appreciated x
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I'm fortunate enough to be able to source both these kinds of sprays:

French Millet is more grass-like, and Wiki definitely prefers this form to nibble on - I use it as bribery when I want him to do a cage return when he's not keen to go, and I like that he has to work more to get each seed! The tight sprays of standard millet are more useful for training, as you can put one nub of the millet between your fingers and control the bites given.
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Rather than putting millet in his cage, I tend to cut the stalks up into smaller pieces and feed them to Alistair by hand. :3 He has a little piece for every day or two.
It's something I was doing to try and tame him and it just stuck.

If I'm going out for more than a few hours I'll put an entire stalk in to give him a bit of a treat
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Thank you all for your answers So far I've put a few little bits through his cage bars (still getting him used to me!) and he's taken them happily. He seems to play with it more than eat it. I think he's eaten some of it but not a lot. Either way he seems to enjoy it
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