04-09-2018, 07:33 AM
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,
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
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:
Apple Cider Vinegar
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!
With a healthy diet, you should not need any vitamins or supplements other than Vitamin D3 which is used for birds who get limited direct sunlight.
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