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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods
Thread Description:Are melons safe for budgies?

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Old 12-30-2017, 08:26 PM
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I know fruits are good for our babies, but what about melons like watermelon or cantaloupe? I'm creating a grocery list of things I can pick up for Puck to try.

What sort of fruit/veggie treats are your favorites to give your budgies?

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My birds like romaine lettuce, kale, broccoli and carrots the best. I do not give them fruit because of the sugar content, once in a while is ok but I would concentrate more on veggies. I also have 2 Linnies, in their diet they get fruit more often than the budgies, they love apples, cantaloupe and honeydew as well as an assortment of veggies.
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Take a look at the safe food list:

https://www.talkbudgies.com/diet-nutr...s-budgies.html

I'd also recommend reviewing the information in this link:

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

Fruit is high in sugar content so vegetables are actually healthier for your budgies with fruits given only occasionally (once or twice a week)

You will find many different tips with regard to presenting vegetables and encouraging your budgies to try new foods in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum.

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The first vegetable which my budgies that had not been weaned to vegetables tried (and loved) was sweet corn kernels sprinkled with a teeny bit of garlic powder (NOT salt).

They also adore fresh basil, cilantro, chickweed, zucchini and red pepper.

Other favorites are romaine lettuce, spinach and kale.

Using Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
as a natural pro-biotic is very beneficial to your budgies:

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...r-vinegar.html

When I introduced pellets to my budgie, my Avian Vet recommended using Harrison's High Potency Mash and sprinkling it on the budgie's seed mix every day. This way, when the budgie hulls the seed it tastes the pellet mash and ingests bits of it as well. This helps the budgie identify the taste as a food source.

Many members seem to find the easiest pellets to use for introducing pellets to their budgies to be the CANARY sized Zupreem fruity pellets. Most budgies like the taste and the "Canary" sized pellets are tiny enough for them to easily eat them. Once they've become accustomed to the Fruity Pellets, introducing the smallest "natural" pellets is then an easy step.

Other than when I was using the Harrison's mash, I've never mixed my birds' pellets and seed together. My birds have three separate dishes each with a different brand/flavor of pellets available to them 24/7. Their seed is rationed to approximately 2 teaspoons of seed per budgie each day. I give them seed first thing in the morning right after putting clean newspapers on the bottom grate of the cages. I sprinkle their morning ration on the paper so they can forage for the seeds. I then do the same thing in the evenings (after replacing the soiled newspaper with clean) and again allow them to forage for their seed.

All of my birds have the option to eat the available pellets whenever they like throughout the day and they all enjoy them!

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