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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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Has anybody given their budgies Hay cubes? My sister feeds her horses grass hay cubes and when she buys them I get a couple from her when they are nice and fresh and smell awesome. I chip a piece off and use cage clips to attach to the cage. I am not sure how much they actually eat and how much is just picked off to end up in the bottom of the cage but they seem to like picking at it. Does anybody know if this is an ok thing for them?

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You should always check if a food or material is safe BEFORE you offer it to your birds. Hay cubes are specifically designed for horses, so I wouldn't recommend feeding it to your budgies, and really there is no need. Manufacturers often add ingredients and preservatives to hay cubes that may or may not be safe for budgies. There are plenty of greens that are safe and healthy for you to offer your birds.

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I personally don't have a problem with this in that "hay cubes" are simply compressed
chopped timothy/alfalfa/orchard grass, and ingredients are listed as such. Dried grasses would interest budgies in the wild as a source of seeds (attached on the grass head) but the grass itself would not be eaten. (Millet spray is the seed head of this "grass". As an enrichment item, especially for budgies that are chewers, it could be an interesting addition. Hay is cured by drying, so preservatives are unnecessary.
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Thanks Phil, thats what I thought. I live in the middle of farm country and Hay is grown all around me. My sister gets her Hay cubes locally from a place that compresses them from locally grown hay. I was thinking it would not be much different then offering the dried herbs that are sold and at the very least it is a really inexpensive shredding toy. I really can't tell if they eat them or just shred them but they seem to like them so if they are not harmful which I can't see why they would be, I think I will continue to offer them.
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I agree with Phil that the hay cubes are preservative free and perfectly safe to offer to your budgies as a fun shredding/chewing option.

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I agree with Phil that the hay cubes are preservative free and perfectly safe to offer to your budgies as a fun shredding/chewing option.

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I personally don't have a problem with this in that "hay cubes" are simply compressed
chopped timothy/alfalfa/orchard grass, and ingredients are listed as such. Dried grasses would interest budgies in the wild as a source of seeds (attached on the grass head) but the grass itself would not be eaten. (Millet spray is the seed head of this "grass". As an enrichment item, especially for budgies that are chewers, it could be an interesting addition. Hay is cured by drying, so preservatives are unnecessary.
Hay cube's aren't always just compressed hay. It is actually common for manufacturers to add preservatives, vitamin/mineral supplements and binding products to hay cubes to help them keep their shape. The preservatives are needed for other ingredients that are sometimes added. While not all hay cubes will contain these, and you can certainly get cubes that are pure hay, it would be wise to check the packaging prior.

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Hay cube's aren't always just compressed hay. It is actually common for manufacturers to add preservatives, vitamin/mineral supplements and binding products to hay cubes to help them keep their shape. The preservatives are needed for other ingredients that are sometimes added. While not all hay cubes will contain these, and you can certainly get cubes that are pure hay, it would be wise to check the packaging prior.
Very good advice.
One should always check with the manufacturer to be sure specific products are safe for their budgies.
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