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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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I've been working on getting Holly, Oak, and Ivy to a better diet. Fresh veggies aren't working yet. I want to try to offer some sprouts. What seeds make the best sprouts for Budgies? Birdo only ever needed to see me eat something to want it, so he loved apples, broccoli, lettuce, and mangos, so sprouts never occured to me.

I started trying to switch them to a better pelleted diet with Zupreem Smart Selects... but our local store stopped carrying it, and the vet recommended a pellet diet, so I started switching to Roudybush.

They toss it all OVER the place and I'm not sure how much is actually eaten. The vet gave me a sample of Harrison's, has anyone had better success with that? It's a small sample so if I wanted to switch, I'd have to get a much larger bag.

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Take a look at this link regarding sprouts:
https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...r-budgies.html

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)
Use the smallest size - the ones labeled "canary".

Zupreem Natural
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Zupreem Avian Entrees Harvest Blend
Good seed brands are:
Dr. Harvey's
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My birds eat Harrison's pellets, and they love them! Start them on the high potency first to get them to start them. If your bird has been on nothing but seed up to this point, you'll want to do this for approximately 6 months. Get the super fine size, as it's the smallest, and easiest to munch on. Check with your vet to see the timelines you should go by, but this is what Harrison's recommends. Then oyu can switch them to the adult lifetime, super fine size. Be sure to mix the pellet with some of their seed, that way they don't starve while you are trying to convert them to a pellet based diet. Start out at a 75% pellet to 25% seed mix, and gradually wean them onto the seed. I also use Dr. Harvey's seed mix, and they LOVE that. Although the fruit pieces are a bit too big for budgies, even though it says parakeet mix on the bag. Anyway, I hope this helps, good luck!!!
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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. TOther 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.
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Do you find that offering different pellets works better than one variety? I've never kept more than one bird at a time, and that hadn't occured to me. I already have three cups in the cage to reduce mealtime disagreements. Would I need to double that?

I'm happy to try the Zupreem pellets, it's what I fed to Birdo, though I never convinced him that the green ones weren't for putting in his water dish.

Thanks for the sprouts info link! If I start sprouting bulk seeds, I could toss some out to the chickens too, they'd like that.

I also keep an herb garden. Are there herbs I can try?
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I do find my birds like having a variety of pellets in different dishes to choose from.

There are lots of herbs that are safe for budgies.

Following are a few you can try:

Basil
Rosemary
Thyme
Cilanto
Parsley
Red Clover
Wheat Grass
Garlic
Lavender
Dandelion
Milk Thistle
Chickweed
Alfalfa
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I'm glad to see cilantro on that list! My girls (chickens) love the stuff, and I love feeding it to them, so I grow it. It's a great source of vitamin k.

I like to grow my own, that way I can be sure there's no suspicious residues. I'll let you know how it goes!
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