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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 08-22-2018, 10:15 PM
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My family has two budgies that, against my better judgement, have been allowed to become seed junkies. About 2.5 ounces of seed has been left in their cups throughout the day, and of course they'd pick out their favorites and leave everything else. They also get Roudybush pellets and actually eat some, as well as a leaf of lettuce (not iceberg). Still, the seeds have been too much. I finally persuaded the family to switch to the diet recommended by VCA Animal Hospital. Do you think it's okay to make the full change right away if the birds are eating and not making a fuss, or should they still be eased into it to minimize any risk of digestive distress?

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Hi Vince
Its a great help that they will already eat a few pellets and leafy greens.

I donít think that you need to ease them into the new diet, it shouldnít cause any digestive issues, however:
1) If possible, it would be a good idea to weigh your birds as a bench mark measure for any changes. Iíd suggest, first thing in the morning of the second day of the new regime (so you know that they donít have a belly (crop) full of seed) and then keep any future weighing to the same time of day.
2) Try to observe your birds more in this transition time, being vigilant at catching any aggression (brief little squabbles are normal) due to scarcity of their favourite food.
3) Ensure that food (especially seeds) is spread over two+ bowls, and try not to have these side by side, to help prevent one bird hogging them.

Best of luck

Edit - Just adding on here, that different diets can cause slightly different poops. Birds eating a lot of pellets can have poops with the dark portion appearing brown (or the colour of the pellets). Similarly fruit and vegetables can alter colour, and eating a lot of fruit/veg can cause the occasional wetter poop. So, if you notice a change, consider what they have been eating before you panic.
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I have had a quick read over that website and must admit I'm not overly impressed with some of the information in it.

I can tell you right away I am not a fan of pellet diets and I do not and wouldn't feed a budgie a pellet diet.
Pellets are not natural and generally they will advertise one brand as being suitable for finches to macaws. Each species is different. Even between say macaws a hahns needs different quantities of mineral and vitamins to what a hyacinth needs.
Unless that pellet is designed for one species and one subspecies only I wouldn't advise it.
Too little is no good and too much is no good.

Seed is not as bad as it is made out to be providing you provide fresh live seed and you sprout it. You also need to provide a good chunk of the diet with fresh foods. Veg more So than fruits as fruit is naturally high in sugars.

Certain veg must be cooked such as potatoes. You can not feed these raw.

Eggfood can be offered either cooked up yourself or store bought.

I wouldn't advise converting mainly to pellets. Try upping the amount of veg and sprouting the seeds.
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Vince,

I'm happy to hear you are switching your budgies to a healthier diet!

I agree 100% with Julia's post and recommendations.

Please refer to the information in this link:

A Healthy Diet for your Budgies
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