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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 01-30-2018, 06:50 PM
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Hi everyone,

Cutie is currently eating harrisons high potency pellets, and vegetables, but I have noticed that she is ignoring the calcium (cuttle bone) but before she used shred it and eat a lot of it, also she is starting to eat less of the vegetables she only pretends to eat it, she mostly enjoys eating spinach stems but not leaves like she used to, and also she used to love carrots when she came to me but she doesn't like it anymore, also I feed her daily sprouted seeds( from supermarket) and boiled sweetcorn and carrots(raw) do u think it might be because I feed her carrots daily?

Also do you guys think I should not keep her pellets food bowl in 24/7? I don't want to starve her but it seems like that will enable her to notice other food like cuttle bone and vegetables. Also can anyone please post what they feed their budgies in a day and whether they feed that throughout the week or change it

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My two get 1 tsp of a mix of a high quality seed mix from my avian vet and super fine harrison's pellets each for breakfast and again for dinner (so 2 tsp each total). I also have a cuttle bone accessible at all times, though they don't have to eat some everyday, it's just a supplement. Every day I give them a couple vegetables to choose from, accessible all day. My two like romaine lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, grated carrot, corn, peas, spinach, cilantro, dill. They love things that go CRUNCH more than anything. They don't like any fruit I've offered but be careful with fruit as it's got a lot of sugar in it.
My two get fat *very* easily, so they only get millet when I'm working with them on training. I find they eat a lot more of their proper food the more I work with them also. This diet is what my avian vet has decided on for my budgies' needs. Most budgies will be something similar, but it's a good idea to have an annual physical with your avian vet and discuss diet with them while you're there.
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Leaving the pellets in the cage 24/7 is perfectly fine.

My budgies each receive 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of Volkman's seed mix each day.
I keep Zupreem Fruity Pellets and Roudybush pellets in their cages 24/7.
Each cage has a cuttlebone, mineral block, and manu clay rose.

Don't worry about the fact that Cutie is not shredding/eating her cuttlebone.

Simply keep one in the cage at all times along with a mineral block.
She will use them when her body requires them.

With regard to the vegetables, Cutie may simply be tired of the ones you are offering.

The key to a healthy diet for budgies is much the same as it is for humans and other animals. You are best to serve foods in moderation.

I would recommend you cut back on feeding spinach to once or twice a week.

Spinach and Parsley contain oxalic acid which binds to calcium, blocks the absorption of calcium and puts stress on the kidneys.
Too much oxalic acid can also cause poor blood clotting and convulsions in birds.

Other green leafy vegetables you can offer include:

kale
chard
collard greens
fresh beet greens
fresh mustard greens
fresh turnip greens
endive
romaine
watercress
fresh sprouts

chickweed and dandelion leaves (ensure they have not been chemically treated)

My budgies enjoy basil, dried herb salad, red peppers, zucchini, broccoli, and egg food

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Thank you so much for the help everyone, i will try introducing her to new vegetables
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