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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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Hello, I have converted my 7 budgies to Avifood/Harrison Pellets about 2 years ago.

Since then they get around 65% Pellets + 35% seeds as their main dish.

But my budgies are not happy with this. They do eat, but not like the pellets and it seems they always hope for more seeds, before they are hungry enough to eat the pellets.

So, few days ago I took the seeds completely out of the food, only pellets.

And I have the feeling they arrange now better with it. No more hope for seeds at all, no more complaints, they just eat it.


How do you do it? Is here anyone who feeds only pellets? If yes, how are your experiences?

The people of Harrison say, one should indeed feed no seeds, but only pellets - but of course, they want to sell.

I'm wondering how the digestive system would "react", if its only confronted with pellets which quite fast change into mash compared to the quite hard seeds....


(I don't want to go back to the all-seeds-diet, because I see - even only tiny - improvement since they eat the pellets).


Thank for your feedback,
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The best diet for budgies is a mix of everything. The majority of the diet should be fresh fruits/veggies, then pellets, then seed. Somewhere on the site there is a breakdown in approximate percentages of how much of each a budgie should consume. The seeds themselves aren't bad for the budgies when given as supplemental feeding. I'll see if I can find it and come back to post the link.

My budgies eat as much fresh produce as they want. Then they each get about 1 1/2 or less teaspoons of seed a day and they have pellets available 24/7.


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https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...ur-budgie.html

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Tiffanie has given great advice and I agree with her 100%

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Tiffanie is correct.
A budgie should always have a good quality seed mix as a part of its diet.
You can try sprouting the seeds which is even more nutritious!

https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...r-budgies.html
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Hello, thanks for your replies so far, although they don't really answer my question. Obviously I have written either too much or too less.

I'm from Germany and we are feeding our budgies a bit different than you do. More like the wild ones eat. Wild budgies do not eat any fruits or greens, especially in the non-breeding-season they live in some kind of desert!

So, our budgies do get greens etc., too, but not on a daily basis and only in small amounts. More like an additional treat than as a real part of the food.

Pellets are not yet very common in Europe, but I'm always curious, so I gave it a try (although quite sceptical) - and the outcome was not overwhelming, but good, so I stick with them.


My question was: has anyone experience in feeding only pellets and no seeds as main dish?
That is what the manufacturer recommends, even for budgies (I have asked).
But I would be very interested in "neutral" experience.


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I understand your question, but since the purpose of the forum is to promote the best practices for the health and well-being of budgies, we find it necessary to address what we believe is best when it comes to their diet. There are trees and vegetation even in the dessert which wild budgies eat.

That is why you've been given the answers you have.

I would also suggest you take the time to read all of the articles in the Budgie Articles Section of the forum if you wish to provide the best care for your birds.

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I live in Europe too and can certainly relate to how difficult (or next to impossible) it is to find pellets for small birds. My flock only gets pellets from a seed mix that contains them.
And besides this they also get a daily portion of veggies/sprouts, the occasional piece of fruit as well as egg food.
I also strongly believe that having a varied diet is the way to go when it comes to providing the required nutritional needs, not only does it provide a good balance but also makes the meal times more interesting for the budgies.

And wild budgies will certainly eat vegetation/plants as well as different berries, fruit alongside an assortment of seeds.
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On related note - we also don't have pellets here so obviously I can't give them to my birds but I've seen that they do have pellets for other small animals (hamsters?) so can those be used? Or do they make them differently for birds?
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On related note - we also don't have pellets here so obviously I can't give them to my birds but I've seen that they do have pellets for other small animals (hamsters?) so can those be used? Or do they make them differently for birds?
The pellets for small animals are not suitable for birds. If i did not have access to pellets, I would feed as much fresh food as possible and add a powdered vitamin supplement to the soft foods.
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On related note - we also don't have pellets here so obviously I can't give them to my birds but I've seen that they do have pellets for other small animals (hamsters?) so can those be used? Or do they make them differently for birds?
No - please do not use pellets for small animals.
If you cannot order pellets on-line, then you are better off to provide a very good quality seed mix and lots of fresh vegetables for your budgie.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...-seed-mix.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...lay-roses.html

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