I am new to this website, and I'm planning to get two baby budgies soon!
The budgies are about 3 weeks old now and the breeder is currently feeding them formula, along with the food the parent budgies are feeding them. The breeder then told me, that when the babies are ready to go at around 6 weeks old, she will be feeding them seed.
My question is this. She told me that they will be eating seeds when I take them home, but I read online that they should not be fed seed until they are at least 3 months old. Should I feed them what she does or buy something else?
I plan to eventually convert them to Harrison's pellets, with a little seed, because I read it is better for their health.
All advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
The information you have read online is sadly inaccurate. Chicks are fed seeds/pellets by their parents (as well as other foods that make up a balanced breeding diet) and will also naturally wean on seeds (and pellets when available) as well as a varied assortment of fresh foods where vegetables and home made egg food are included.
It's perfectly okay for you to offer your budgies a good quality seed mix as well as pellets and also introduce the fresh foods mentioned above.
Since you are new to budgies be sure to read the valuable information on the articles and sticky threads at the top of each section of Talk Budgies.
You can start by checking the stickies here at the Diet and Nutrition section.
I agree with the excellent information aluz has provided for you.
It would be best for the budgies to remain with the breeder until they reach 8 weeks old and are fully weaned and eating normal foods on their own for a minimum of two weeks.
Otherwise, they may regress when moved into a new environment and you will be unprepared to handle that situation since you are new to budgies.
Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions about budgies and caring for them will have been answered after you've read through all of them.
I will have to see if the breeder is willing to take care of them a little longer. If she does, that'll be great!
I do have another question about the food. She is going to be feeding them a cheap brand of food from the dollar store, so I can't imagine it's very good quality (she's nice and caring but doesn't seem to have a lot of money). Like I mentioned above, I would like to switch to mostly Harrison's pellets in the long run.
So should I begin with most of that cheap feed, and slowly change it out over the first few weeks? Or should I wait a bit longer, until they settle in more, before beginning to switch over? I want them to be as nourished as possible all along, but I also don't want to overwhelm them all at once with too much change.