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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 11-09-2017, 02:37 PM
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I've researched what to feed my budgies and what not to, but I wonder - should insect protein be a part of their diet?

I've tried to find information on this. In the wild, I have read they mainly feed on seeds, but that it isn't unheard of for them to snack on flies or ants, etc. I'm curious to know if it would be of benefit to offer them something like mealworms or anything like that.

I feed mine zupreem, mixed with seeds, treats are millet and oat sprays (they LOVE the oat sprays), and offer fresh fruit/veggies normally every day (I've been hiding millet in it to encourage them to at least try the fresh food! Stubborn babies). I'm just wondering if an occasional insect treat would be something good for them or not.

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Dunno about insect protein, but have you considered egg in their diets?
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Budgies can be fed mealworms for a little protein, if they will take it, however these are quite fattening. If you are providing pellets and egg food once a week then that should be all the protein they need
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A good seed mix, pelleted diet and fresh veggies, gives them everything they really need.
Agree that if you want more protein hb egg is the safest, but not daily. Also if you use egg remove after an hour or so to prevent spoiling.Budgies in the wild are mainly seed eaters.
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Insects can be used as a protein source for larger show budgies raising large clutches. However, it is linked to aggression which seems to occur if the parents is getting too much protein. For pets or standard breeding budgies there should be no need to add insects as they get enough from sprouted seed and veges etc with a bit of egg food for breeding or moulting times.
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I've not tried them with egg (yet)...still working on getting my babes to accept fresh food! They've also been eating around the pellets (I have noticed that). I was debating crushing up the pellets and mixing it with the seeds so that the seeds get a coating of pellet on them. Not sure if that would work or not.

Glad to know insects are not necessary

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I've not tried them with egg (yet)...still working on getting my babes to accept fresh food! They've also been eating around the pellets (I have noticed that). I was debating crushing up the pellets and mixing it with the seeds so that the seeds get a coating of pellet on them. Not sure if that would work or not.

Glad to know insects are not necessary

Thanks all!
I have found crushing the pellets into a powder and sprinkling them over the seeds to be quite effective. What I did, was I used a mortar and pestle to crush up a teaspoon of pellets, and sprinkle that over a teaspoon of seed, morning and night, and I also added a pinch or two of pellets into the bowl. And then I also had another bowl of just pellets available all the time in their cage and on their playstand. Many people, myself included have had great success when using zupreem fruity pellets in the extra small canary size.
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