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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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I plan on getting two budgies in the near future and I have looked up information of them on this forum and other sites. I still have a few questions and I would be thankful for you to answer them.

1.) What in your opinion is the best seed mix for the price?
2.) In your opinion, what is the best pellet product for the price?

3.) Is this feeding schedule good?
- Refill food dish every morning with 2 tablespoons of seed mix for every 1 budgie
- Leave pellets in 24/7
- Put in fresh fruits/Vegetables every night to every other night.
- Plus have a cuttlebone and mineral block in the cage at all times

I'm also putting my checklist in the "Housing for Budgies" section, hopefully one of you can give it a quick rundown to see if it's okay.

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Hi! I would put in 1 1/2- 2 teaspoons of seed in, and split it between the morning and evening meals, and offer veggies in the morning, when they're most hungry. I really like the Volkman's seed mix and Roudybush pellets are a great quality for the price
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Hi Logan and to the forums!

It's great to meet you and to hear about all the preparations and things you're taking into account for your future budgies! I really wish there were more people like you who adopted these sweet little birds

You've got a great diet plan-- splitting up the seeds is a good idea between morning and night, or you can do it the other way and give them all of their seed in the morning and still leave in pellets 24/7. I do it the second way and that works great for my girl!

I use Higgins Vita-Blend seed, it's of reasonable price and good quality. I also feed my girl ZuPreem fruity pellets (if you feed these, be sure to get the canary size as the ones marketed for budgies are too big for them to eat comfortably). Despite the added food coloring, these pellets are often more desirable to budgies who are just starting to eat pellets and will help them to transition to other types if you want, or are fine as a daily pellet food.

Also, by the way, fruit should only be fed in moderation (once a week is good) as it is high in sugars. Daily veggies are great, though! You should leave in veggies for a few hours at a time before removing them so that they don't have time to spoil. As a point of interests, budgies can actually tell which plants/veggies are fresh from looking at them, so they most likely won't eat it past a few hours anyway

Other good seed brands include Dr. Harveys, Vitakraft and Volkmans (Katherine mentioned the last one above). Here's a sticky with some good guidelines on choosing quality seed:
https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...-seed-mix.html

I can tell your budgies are going to get the best possible care with you

Meanwhile, be sure to continue to read through the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on all the best practices for budgie care.

If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask!

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You've been given great advice. Budgies only need 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of seed a day as Hunterkat said.

Additionally, you can offer them sprouted seeds as well as egg food once a week.

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You've received excellent advice!

As mentioned by iHeartdPied - Each budgie should only receive 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons of seed per day.
Splitting their rations to morning and evening is excellent.

Like Hunterkat, I use Volkman's seed.

I also use both the Canary sized Zupreem Fruity Pellets as well as Roudybush natural minis (crumbles are fine as well).
I keep separate dishes of each type pellet in their cages 24/7.
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