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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 04-09-2018, 02:27 AM
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Greetings everybody,

I have two budgies and I've had them for 1 week. I put a lot of their parakeet seed food in their food bowl, but I never noticed if they ate any. I usually get rid of food if its been in the cage for 3 days, and then wash the container and resupply their food bowl. They eat millet sprays just fine. Yesterday I noticed them eating millet on the bottom of the cage and I got curious, and thought what would happen if I placed some of their seed mixture food on the bottom of the cage near the millet sprays, so I did and they started to eat their regular parakeet food! They were both eating their parakeet food really well when it was on the bottom of the cage, but have never noticed them eat from the food bowl. Are they eating when I'm not around? Or am I doing something wrong? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 04-09-2018, 07:33 AM
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Alan,

Your budgies should only be getting millet as a treat - not as a regular part of their diet.

Millet is like "candy for birds". It's fattening and, given a choice, the budgies will usually eat it instead of their regular food.

Each budgie should receive 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of a high quality seed mix per day.

You should give them their fresh seed daily rather than changing out the food every three days.

You can scatter the seed on the CLEAN newspaper on top of the bottom grate at the bottom of the cage if you wish.
If you replace the newspaper in the evening as well as each morning, then splitting the ration between morning and evening works well.

In addition to a high quality seed mix,
https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...-seed-mix.html
you should also be offering pellets and fresh vegetables.

It can take several weeks (or even months) for budgies to decide to try a new food.
Fruit is high in sugar content so vegetables are actually healthier for your budgies with fruits given only occasionally (once or twice a week)

Healthy Diet for your Budgies

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...lay-roses.html

Please take the time to read the Budgie Articles and the Stickies posted at the top of each section of the forum.
Most basic questions have been answered there.


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.
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).

Budgies seem to love "spicy" tastes.
They also adored fresh basil, cilantro, chickweed, zucchini and red pepper.

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

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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.
Obviously, if you are going to use this method, the seed will need to be given in a food bowl rather than scattered on the newspaper on the bottom grate of the cage.

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. My budgies love Roudybush crumbles and Roudybush minis.

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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I just want to add that if your budgies are pooping, then you know they are eating. They can be sneaky about this sometimes because eating makes them more vulnerable in the wild.

Best of luck getting your budgies on a healthy diet! It can take some time.
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Thank you very much for your help!! When I got my budgies at the pet store, the employee helping me pick out the food said that millet should be given daily! And now I know that is not the case. I am going to try that method of only feeding them twice a day, but I need some advice on that. Should I just put 1.5-2 tsp of food per budgie in the morning, but when should I take the food away? After an hour? Or for more time or less time? And then how many hours should I wait before giving them their second feeding? I am currently feeding them Kaytee Fiesta parakeet food. Is that ok? If not I'm buying them that Volksman seed mix from Amazon, and would Avi-Cakes be a good addition to the Volksman Seed Mix? Or would the Avi-Cakes suffice since it says its pellet food attached to seeds? Also, would giving them the fruity pebble canary pellets be ok? I am just asking because I do not want them to have blood in their stool and not be able to tell because of the food dyes from the fruity pellets. I made them a hard boiled egg today, and neither budgie even got close to it. Thank you very much for the help and Links!
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For your two budgies

Offer two teaspoons of a high quality seed mix in the morning.
Leave it all day until you change the food in the evening.
Offer two teaspoons of a high quality seed mix in the evening.

It would be best if you can look for a higher quality seed mix than Kaytee.
https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...-seed-mix.html

Zupreem Fruity Pellets for Canaries are fine to give your budgies. Yes, the dye "may" color their poop a bit but that is nothing to be concerned about.

Re-read my previous post in this thread about diet.
It tells you everything you need to know to ensure your budgies are getting a good variety of food and answers the questions asked.
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