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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 09-17-2015, 11:18 PM
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Question Seeds - portion control?

I have just started to get my Pepito to eat his veggies! I have had him a year and 3 months and it has taken this long to get him to eat them! So happy he has finally accepted veggies...

ANYWAY, my question is about the seeds I give him: Is it best to portion out some seed and give it to him in the evening, and then in the morning, swap it out for fresh veg until evening again? Or should I always leave seed in his cage for him to pick at? If I do portion it out, how much should I give him? He is on the smaller side -- not one of those giant budgies I've seen.

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and welcome to TalkBudgies

I used to take away their seed during the afternoon, and give them fruits and veggies only.

This worked for a few months, but gradually they started to stop eating the fruits and veggies

I still believe however, that if you give both seeds and fruits at the same time to them they will definitely for the seeds. (Except dandelion leaves, which my hen eats after the seeds like an appetizer of some sort.)

You don't need to portion out the seeds, I'd just give them unlimited access to seeds in the morning and evening, then unlimited access to fruits, veggies, and pellets during the afternoon. This is exactly what I'm doing at the moment, and until I figure out why they have stopped eating the greens, I see no other alternatives but to keep doing what I'm doing.

Anyways, hopefully that answers your question. I'm sure others will join in with their own opinions and views.

By the way, what a nice yellow budgie you have

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As James suggested there are many different opinions on the subject of diet and how it should be approached. My view is a varied diet should be offered at all times. My birds get seed, crumbles and pellets mixed together in the morning for half an hour and then I take it away. They have fresh greens such as broccoli, basil. thyme, a small amount of lettuce, spinach, kale parsley again in small quantity as it can hinder calcium uptake .I also pick fresh grass daily when available. I also use Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother in it as a natural probiotic and occasionally sprinkle Veta farm probiotics over seed mix. Later on around five thirty I give them the seed mix again for another half an hour. When experiencing a moult I give them egg and biscuit mix all of my budgies have access to mineral block and cuttlebones all the time.
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Birds in general have very high metabolisms, and have varying daily need of seed quantity depending on a number of factors.
Since I have several cages currently I just leave seed available at all times.
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As James suggested there are many different opinions on the subject of diet and how it should be approached. My view is a varied diet should be offered at all times. My birds get seed, crumbles and pellets mixed together in the morning for half an hour and then I take it away. They have fresh greens such as broccoli, basil. thyme, a small amount of lettuce, spinach, kale parsley again in small quantity as it can hinder calcium uptake .I also pick fresh grass daily when available. I also use Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother in it as a natural probiotic and occasionally sprinkle Veta farm probiotics over seed mix. Later on around five thirty I give them the seed mix again for another half an hour. When experiencing a moult I give them egg and biscuit mix all of my budgies have access to mineral block and cuttlebones all the time.
What kind of pellets? I've seen it mentioned a few times but i've never seen any pellets for birds in the pet store...? They arent the same as guinea pig pellets, are they?
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Hi again,

Pellets for budgies is like compact nutrients for budgies.

There are various brands of pellets for your birds. Noteworthy ones are Harrisons, Roudybush, Zupreem, Tropicana, and Kaytee.

All avian vets and bird specialists believe that Harrisons is the most recommended pellet for birds. But in my opinion Harrisions, like all other pellets, are produced for all bird species in general and might not hone in to the specific tastes and likes of every individual budgie, which various greatly from one budgie to another.

From what I've read about people's reviews, Harrisons is a tough one to swallow (no pun intended). Only reason people like it is because it is organic. Cockatiels seem to like it more than budgies.

I've been giving them harrisons for about 2 weeks now, and so far two of my birds eat only a little.

I think most owners will have better luck with Zupreem. Which offers much more appetizing choices than Harrisons.

Yes, go with zupreem. I dont know where you live but they should be able to ship it to you.

Remember, once you attach a budgie to one type of pellet, they are hard to switch to another.

That's all I can tell you.

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I'm not a pellet fan. I also have read many articles stating that many times 'organic' does not mean everything one thinks, that there is considerable latitude to the point where for some products, the description is merely an advertising gimmick.
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As you can tell from the earlier replies, there are lots of ways to feed your budgie and you'll probably just need to try things out and do what works best for you and Pepito.

Right now, I give Tweety one teaspoon of dry seed at night. Then in the morning before I go to work I put in sprouted seed (a teaspoon's worth of dry seed, sprouted) as well as leafy greens clipped to the cage. There are unlimited pellets in the cage at all times. I use the finch size of Zupreem FruitBlend. Tweety doesn't eat a lot of pellets and I see them as more of a supplement than as the main diet.

So I do portion out seed, but I can see why others don't. I've actually been considering changing the ratio of dry seed to sprouts so that Tweety gets more sprouts.
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