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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 08-23-2017, 12:16 AM
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Default Mealworms and pellet ratios?

I've been trying to do some research into if mealworms are safe and beneficial for budgies. I know they are good for chickens. I've gotten conflicting results. So does anyone here feed their budgies meal worms? Do they enjoy them?

Secondly, most articles I read and info I have found on here says that budgies should be rationed 1 and 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of seed a day, which my budgies get. But it's also said that pellets should make up the majority of the birds diet. However I and most other people I've talked to on here, have a small amount of pellets in the cage 24/7 and the budgies nibble them throughout the day. So it seems to me that the seeds are actually making up more of the diet than the pellets are. Am I missing something here?

My budgies get 2 level teaspoons of seed a day (one in the morning, one at night) and because they are picky little things I have to put their pellets in with their seed to make sure they eat them. So with each teaspoon of seed they get a quarter of a teaspoon of pellets. I can see from their droppings that they are eating the pellets, however there are still some pellets left in the dish each time I change it and the birds are maintaining their weight and overall seem to be healthy. They get their veggies too. And they don't get a ton of treats. Just a little millet for training. So again, it seems like the seeds are making up more of the diet than the pellets are. Am I doing something wrong?

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Many people, myself included, just have separate dishes out for each food item.
You can have one out for rationed seed, one for pellets not measured - free feed and always available, one for veggies, maybe one for dry egg food mix (which is available commercially, and a good source of protein especially when molting). The 2 teaspoons of seed should be fine, but don't stress over "exact" measurements. You don't really know what "exact" amount of each food is actually ingested anyway.

You don't want to feed a non-breeding bird an over abundance of protein. You don't want to stimulate breeding condition. Remember the pellets are formulated with a balance of nutrients including protein also.

There are conflicting ideas out there about feeding mealworms to budgies. Some people do it without consequence. I would wonder if their hard exoskeletons could potentially cause any problems. Softbill species eat them, but I'm not sure for parrot species. You might want to call an avian vet. Not just any vet, but avian. I would just avoid it personally, as they are not 'necessary'.

I hope that gives a little clarity.
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Thanks for the info on the mealworms. I won't bother asking an avian vet since as you said, they aren't nessecary so I won't be feeding them anyway.

As I said, I have been unsucessful using seperate food dishes for them. The birds either ignore the pellets when they are in their own bowl, or they will throw them out of the bowl. The only way I've managed to get them actually eating the pellets is having them mixed in with their daily seed rations. I use the 1/4 teaspoon because I've found that there are always pellets left over at the end of the day, so the pellets are available to them 24/7 but i also don't end up throwing out a ton of pellets when I change their food. I do the same for eggfood when they are molting because otherwise they don't touch it at all. And they won't eat veggies in a bowl so their veggies are always clipped inside their cage.
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