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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 03-22-2016, 12:39 PM
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I'm very curious to know what everyone's preferred BRAND of seed feed is?? I have been feeding my budgies VitaKraft MENU Care-Complex......because it seemed to fit the recommended diet requirements that I have read. However, it does seem to me that the birds are eating only the tiny seeds and millet pellets. I of course, also feed them plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables each day too......but even those I'm not sure they are touching at all. I've experimented with grapes, strawberries, carrots, broccoli, kale, bananas, shredded cheese bits, peaches, and apples....but I have a hard time ever finding any signs of nibbling. I have only had them a couple of weeks or so, and they are still "acclimating" to life in a new home so perhaps that is affecting their "pickiness" with foods? Regardless, I wanted to hear from experienced owners what THEIR feed brand of choice is. I appreciate ANY and ALL feedback......thanks everyone!! ?
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I use the plain old Hagen brand of budgie seed. Why? Because I can easily sprout everything that's in it!
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I mix 2kg of ABBA 1600 seed mix with 1 454g bag of Harrison's Lifetime pellets super fine. I also give them each 1/8 tsp of chia seeds every day as per the vet's orders. And of course lots of fresh vegetables. They aren't really fruit fans honestly, haha
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Vitakraft( they love it specialy Kräkers diferent ) and Vitapol
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I really like Goldenfeast Australian Blend! It has all kinds of seeds in it, along with tiny flowers(she doesn't eat those though) and a lot of good nutrients. It's fresh and requires refrigeration so I always keep it in there.
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Volkman I've also used Higgins Supreme
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I know you're in America, but for any UK users, I recommend Haith's. These are beautiful, clean seed mixes.
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I have Vitakraft, but Cloud does not eat any of the colorful veggie pellets and throws away dried fruits such as dry banana pieces mixed with the seed. I am thinking may be I consider getting him a different brand. He only eats these small, round seeds (I don't know what they are called) and only sometimes the long brown seeds.Anybody have a suggestion on other brands?
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Anything fresh that is straight parakeet seed since I sprout the seeds. Lately I have been buying a mix called Vita Parakeet seed from a local business who specializes in selling avian food of all sorts. If I had to pick a commercialized brand then I would pick Volkman. However be aware no matter how reputable the brand is it won't matter if someone sells you old seed that has lost most or all of its nutritional value so buy somewhere that has frequent inventory turn over.
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I have been doing some research on this very topic for sometime now and reading labels and checking all the ingredients. It is not an easy choice by any means and I find myself a little sidelined by some ingredients like yeast extract and sesame seeds in feed like VitaKraft that are not necessarily, from what I understand, good for, or suggested, in feed for budgies. So, I have avoided the VitaKraft because of that even though I like the idea of the eggfood and probiotics, but I doubt they would like it very much. But I guess it isn't going to hurt them, just that yeast, for example, is not good for them and might encourage yeast growth in a bird.

That being said, I feed my birds Hagen Budgie Seed and they get a sprinkling of Harrison's High Potency Superfine on top of their seed with a bit of Ecotrition Herb Salad. The reason I can't switch them over totally to Harrison's is because they don't necessarily eat it, the stuff is expensive even though it is good for them, and I had NO results trying them on Zupreem Organic pellets. They literally refused Zupreem mainly because of smell (they are so fussy) and size and hardness of pellets. I tried grinding them but they are harder to break down then the Harrison's into a fine mulch.

I have also decided and started them on Hagen's Gourmet. Although, I seriously don't like the idea of food coloring in budgie food, there isn't much of it in there. I mix it with the regular Hagen's food and they are actually freaking out over it -- they love the gourmet. It has some extras in there that gives them more options and it's devoured every time I clean the old hulls off. They seem to like the dried fruit bits in there, too.

Volkman's, by the way, is comparable to Hagen's Budgie Seed, but a gourmet seed mix might be a better idea.

The way I see it, for my budgies, it's all seed, all the time. They own me. With the exception of Harrison's Superfine which they will nibble on with their seed. Seems to be the only pellet they don't mind and it smells good, is organic, and it tastes pretty good because I tasted it

Be wary of ingredients but if food is being wasted, it usually means you might want to introduce a different seed mix.

They love fresh dill (they go nuts for it), kale, lettuce, celery etc and sometimes apple but they are not always big on the fresh stuff.
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