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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 11-07-2015, 09:49 AM
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Default U.K. Members do you feed pellets

I've been reading through the posts and I'm slightly confused by the seed vs pellet diet. Squidgy has been with us 2 weeks now and so far I've given her budgie seed mix and grit ( this is what I've been brought up on feeding budgies) but I read a lot of hype about feeding pellets. Im struggling to find information on uk suppliers of pellets. Are these essential?

Yesterday I dropped a small broccoli floret in her seed mix. I could tell she had pecked at it (her poop was on the greener side) but I wouldn't say she lived it as I kept finding it on the cage floor where she had thrown it from her bowl. Do I continue to offer a different vegetable each day or get her used to brocoli then introduce another flavour?

Today I cut a little piece of Apple into tiny pieces and spread it on cage floor as she really enjoys pecing food from floor and she seemed to enjoy this. I know fruits are high in sugar so should be used occasionally but what is the recommended portion?

Also Ive had a Millet spray in her cage to help her settle in, I understand these are treats and help with training but what is the recommended intake of millet? And would fruit treat replace millet treat?

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I'm in the U.S. but this was recommended to me about diet....good information!
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Hi Natalie
From experience it is difficult to find pellets here in the UK except online, you are right about the debate around pellets and their use, some people swear by them because the birds get a steady supply of vitamins and minerals that birds need, personally I feed my bird a decent seed and fresh vegetables every day and fruit once or twice a week, up until fairly recently I had 18 birds in a garden aviary which thrived on their diet, my opinion is that if you don't have time to prepare fruit and vegetables for your bird then try them on pellets, but our birds need different vitamins etc at certain times of year, for instance here in the UK we are having very little sun so even though my bird has a healthy diet she still gets extra vitamin D so personally I don't think pellets would suit me or my bird, my bird chooses which vegetables she wants and needs at that specific time, which also gives her variety, imagine eating food that looked exactly the same every single day, not nice in my opinion.
Anyway to give you an idea what my bird has, she loves carrot, brocolli, celery, peppers, sweet corn, kale, she has a hardboiled egg once a week complete with shell, once a week I give her some banana mixed up with a little bit of apple, fresh water twice a day and of course seed on demand.
Some well respected members have different methods which work well for them but as pellets aren't easily available here and the fact that my bird is very healthy and happy I would not change to pellets, but this is only my opinion.
Oh and budgies do not need grit and personally I wouldn't give your bird grit !
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One of the members here recommended Haiths for their seed mix, which is where I get mine from now and they gets a good mixture of veg daily.
I have bought pellets and they always have them available in their cage but I've never had the try any.
They tend to be fairly expensive to ship here as well.
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I don't feed pellets.

I buy the usual Trill but then I also buy the budgie seed mix from Jolleys as well as a finch mix they have, both in loose weight. Then I just alternate a little bit every week. I found a new mix called Avia in Petworld recently and Houdini loves it.

You seem to have done really well already with vegs and fruits, my Houdini is awfully fussy, and since she's the boss Caleb won't eat it if she doesn't! I haven't been able to find one, single fruit they will eat, luckily they like most green leaves, lettuce, spinach, carrot tops and other dark salad leaves.

In my eyes they look awfully healthy and are active, so they are obviously happy with what they get.

p.s. and I sometimes give them a seed stick or a seed wheel on a Monday morning as that is the day thay I feel most guilty about having to go back to work again!

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Hi Natalie
From experience it is difficult to find pellets here in the UK except online, you are right about the debate around pellets and their use, some people swear by them because the birds get a steady supply of vitamins and minerals that birds need, personally I feed my bird a decent seed and fresh vegetables every day and fruit once or twice a week, up until fairly recently I had 18 birds in a garden aviary which thrived on their diet, my opinion is that if you don't have time to prepare fruit and vegetables for your bird then try them on pellets, but our birds need different vitamins etc at certain times of year, for instance here in the UK we are having very little sun so even though my bird has a healthy diet she still gets extra vitamin D so personally I don't think pellets would suit me or my bird, my bird chooses which vegetables she wants and needs at that specific time, which also gives her variety, imagine eating food that looked exactly the same every single day, not nice in my opinion.
Anyway to give you an idea what my bird has, she loves carrot, brocolli, celery, peppers, sweet corn, kale, she has a hardboiled egg once a week complete with shell, once a week I give her some banana mixed up with a little bit of apple, fresh water twice a day and of course seed on demand.
Some well respected members have different methods which work well for them but as pellets aren't easily available here and the fact that my bird is very healthy and happy I would not change to pellets, but this is only my opinion.
Oh and budgies do not need grit and personally I wouldn't give your bird grit !
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Thanks Pete, no grit for a budgie? I feel bad now!

I imagine a corn on cob is good fun for the birds to eat. Thanks for the advice
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One of the members here recommended Haiths for their seed mix, which is where I get mine from now and they gets a good mixture of veg daily.
I have bought pellets and they always have them available in their cage but I've never had the try any.
They tend to be fairly expensive to ship here as well.

Thanks for your advice. I will be sure to check out that brand. My closest pet shop is pets at home and they have little available for budgies. There must be much demand in my neck of the woods
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I don't feed pellets.

I buy the usual Trill but then I also buy the budgie seed mix from Jolleys as well as a finch mix they have, both in loose weight. Then I just alternate a little bit every week. I found a new mix called Avia in Petworld recently and Houdini loves it.

You seem to have done really well already with vegs and fruits, my Houdini is awfully fussy, and since she's the boss Caleb won't eat it if she doesn't! I haven't been able to find one, single fruit they will eat, luckily they like most green leaves, lettuce, spinach, carrot tops and other dark salad leaves.

In my eyes they look awfully healthy and are active, so they are obviously happy with what they get.

p.s. and I sometimes give them a seed stick or a seed wheel on a Monday morning as that is the day thay I feel most guilty about having to go back to work again!

Houdini is a great name, I've been referring to Squidgy as Houdini they are little escape artists ha ha. Maybe it's the texture of fruit that puts them off, seems they will be getting plenty of nutrition from vegetables.

My intention is to tame Squidgy to us then get a second bird as I also work and share your guilt
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When mixing seed this is what I use for my budgie I go to a seed produce place and buy my seed loose.. I store what I have mixed up in air tight plastic bags then in an air tight container in a dark cupboard...

1 of a cup of plain canary seed
1/2 of a cup of Jat Millet
1/2 of a cup of White Millet
Small amount of hulled oats..

Mix this together and place in an air tight plastic sealed bag and I only fill my budgies seed dish up and store the rest in a container in a dark cupboard.. I buy each item enough to last for a few weeks then I go back and buy more fresh seed.... Most budgies won't eat pellets they have to require a taste for them Some people make there budgies eat pellets and the bird doesn't like them... I have little budgie crumbles in a separate container if he chooses to eat them that is good but my budgie loves his seed and the seed I give him is not fattening... Out in the outback of Australia there is no pellets only wild seed for the birds to eat... I believe in giving my budgie all natural seed.... He very rarely eats the budgie crumbles...

If you get grit make sure it is fine...You can buy from the pet store fine shell grit..Kate C says that budgies don't need shell grit.... I have fine shell grit..I only have a small amount in my birds cage and only put it in twice a week then take it out... There is another one people use here can't think of it right now... I also have a small crystal salt in the bottom of his cage to as budgies need salt to... I'll find out the name of the salt I use and come back later.....
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Thanks for your advice. I will be sure to check out that brand. My closest pet shop is pets at home and they have little available for budgies. There must be much demand in my neck of the woods
Haith's is in Lincolnshire, you can select a variety of different sized bags and mixes.
Pets at Home has an awful range. And one of their budgies seed mixes had sunflower seeds in as well. There's a small local pet shop closer to me and I buy a lot of bits from there- toys and cuttlefish as well as the occasional budgie.
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