What should I be feeding my birds?
I have been usually feeding my birds seeds and seed mixes (parakeet food e.t.c) from the store, but have not been really feeding them berries.
I have tried feeding them raspberries, but Pippen got a nasty stain on her cheek that didn't really wear off for a few months! :budgie:
What do you guys typically feed your budgies? A lot of sites aren't really descriptive :D
I feed veggies, fruits, occasional egg mix besides seed and cuttle and millet sprays. Yesterday I made boiled corn off the cob for the vegetable for my dinner, and they got some of that, cooled and unseasoned.
BTW, this site has VERY helpful and descriptive stickies about feeding at the top of the Diet and Nutrition forum. A definitely worthwhile read.
There are a lot of voices competing for our pet food dollars. It is our job to look behind the hype and do a little research. Here on TB we try to strive for nutritional balance, recognizing that seeds alone are not enough, nor just pellets but a variety of fresh veggies and some fruit , egg food mixed with some type of grain base and additives like vitamins , minerals probiotics, electrolytes, apple cider vinegar like Braggs Proteins take the longest to digest as they break down to carbs and fat to feed your budgies little heat generator. High quality fuel produces high quality nutrition. Check out the Stickys and threads under diet and nutrition, there is great info from Lindseys diet examples to ways to cut through the hype and feed the best basic seeds like canary and different types
of millets available in your area plus oat groats and flax during molts and breeding. Hold out 5 to10 percent for the fancy finch/high calorie oil/ simple sugar treats our budgies love.It is great fun to watch a budgie take a bath with a wet spinach or romaine leave on a semi flat saucer and nibble at the same time. Lots of vitamins and minerals available and fun as well. Budgies are stubborn about diet so we all do have trouble successfully exposing them to what is good for them. We like to shoot for variety and balance with a treat/reward now and then. We get mung beans to sprout, flax, anise seed, eucalyptus oil and other treats at our local health food store . Read the content on your seed package. Remember that unless the seed is preshelled, al lof those fancy additives fall away attached to the husk. Also check out the first aid area and start your own birdy first aid kit. Again there are great examples to follow In the Stickys. It is always better to have needed supplies and avian vet before trouble happens. I hope you enjoy all of the goodies and friends you will find here on TB. Blessings, Jo Ann:budgie:
I suggest reading the diet and nutrition section and the come up with clarificatopn questions .Follow your avian vets guidance .
Here is a some information regarding quality seed mix:
This link will give you an idea of an excellent diet for your budgies:
Our Budgies Diet - Cute Little Birdies Aviary
I just reread these links.. and they are so helpful! I'm always experimenting with nutritional options, so this clarified so many things..
I have a list of safe budgie fruit and veg I carry in my purse so I can grab a little treat when I go out. They honestly are so stubborn about trying anything new. As pet store budgies they are all seed obsessed but if it's not in the cage they will never be able to try it, so I just keep trying. :)
Me too, I carry a list with me! And also some photos on my phone of information / food list ideas here on TB. Only today I bought yellow pepper for them to try as I'm sure I read about that as an option. I've already tried them on carrot, but without success, but I bought more today to try with them again but shredded this time. They've recently been enjoying cooled, boiled egg mix( unseasoned). :-). They like spinach...ish...! They absolutely love tangerine and apple but I don't want them to have this every day as I read it has too much sugar. They've not been keen on other fruits, especially anything red! Broccoli doesn't do it for them either, unfortunately, as that would surely be good for them.(and it just shows how individual they are, as my other budgie had loved it!) Their otherwise basic diet is seed...which I think is a good varied quality one. I hope. I'm still sort of persisting a bit with Harrisons pellets...on and among the seeds to see how we go...not much success there though... As yet?!:-)
Please take the time to read the tips on how to introduce new foods to your budgie which can be easily found in the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum.
When I introduced pellets to my budgie, my Avian Vet recommended using Harrison's High Potency Mash and sprinkling it on the budgie's seed mix every day. This way, when the budgie hulls the seed it tastes the pellet mash and ingests bits of it as well. This helps the budgie identify the taste as a food source.
Many members seem to find the easiest pellets to use for introducing pellets to their budgies to be the CANARY sized Zupreem fruity pellets. Most budgies like the taste and the "Canary" sized pellets are tiny enough for them to easily eat them. Once they've become accustomed to the Fruity Pellets, introducing the smallest "natural" pellets is then an easy step.
Other than when I was using the Harrison's mash, I've never mixed my birds' pellets and seed together. My birds have three separate dishes each with a different brand/flavor of pellets available to them 24/7. Their seed is rationed to approximately 2 teaspoons of seed per budgie each day. I give them seed first thing in the morning right after putting clean newspapers on the bottom grate of the cages. I sprinkle their morning ration on the paper so they can forage for the seeds. I then do the same thing in the evenings (after replacing the soiled newspaper with clean) and again allow them to forage for their seed.
All of my birds have the option to eat the available pellets whenever they like throughout the day and they all enjoy them!
Zupreen Fruity Pellets (most budgies seem to accept these quickly)Good seed brands are:
Dr. Harvey'sIt can take several weeks for budgies to decide to try a new food.
Fruit is high in sugar content so vegetables are actually healthier for your budgies with fruits given only occasionally.
Look at the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum for lots of good tips on how to introduce new foods to your budgies.
Diet and Nutrition - Talk Budgies Forums
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.
I tried mine on courgette (= zucchini?) but they didn't like it at all, and actually seemed scared of it.:-( (...and they never forage or go near the bottom of the cage seemingly a bit afraid of that too!?) But I think working at presenting their veg in a different way each time, whilst allowing for time for them to get used to it / to try it is a good way to find out what they like, and how they like it.
So, good luck, audit, I'm sure you'll find your own way with the foods, and enjoy doing so, just as we all do. It's an interesting journey, I find, and one which serves to get to know your budgie buddies so much better.:):budgie:
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