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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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Question What to feed baby budgies?

Hi there!

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!

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Welcome to the forums!

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.

Here are a couple of links for you to start:

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

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...-seed-mix.html
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Thanks! That really helps. I'll read those articles as well - they look very helpful too!

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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.
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Hi, thanks for the great advice!

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.

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Would it be possible/practical for you to purchase a better quality of food(s) and give the breeder a list of the things you would like to the budgies to be weaned on?

While they are weaning, she should offer them Harrison's high potency mash, egg food, and fresh vegetables from the safe food lists for budgies in addition to a good quality millet.

That would get the little ones started off on the right path from the very beginning.
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Hi there and to the forums!

Congratulations on your soon-to-be budgie baby!

Aluz and FaeryBee have both given great advice. It's important that the babies start eating a variety of healthy foods from an early age.

Be sure to read through the links provided to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices! If you have any questions afterwards, don't hesitate to ask as we'd love to help.

I look forward to meeting your newcomer when s/he gets there!

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Thanks everyone for the helpful advice! I will see what the breeder can do, and I'll enjoy reading through those links you so nicely provided!

I'll post pics of the babies when they arrive..can't wait!!!!
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