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Hi all,

I've been trying to look up some answers for giving my budgies uncooked grains (i.e. amaranth and buckwheat) but I haven't really found anything yet. I'm new to this forum so I do apologize if this has been posted somewhere. I'm trying to get my budgies to try new things and am currently exploring how to sprout things, although I'm completely new to it. Would it be bad to give them organic amaranth and buckwheat straight out of the bag without doing anything with it first? Most of the recipes I've found say to cook it. I tried cooking amaranth and they weren't interested at all. (They really like the crunchy texture of foods so it seems like softer things are unappealing to them)

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I don't give uncooked grains, I either sprout them or cook them. Have you tried cooking some quinoa, my birds love it, it's a perfect size when cooked. I sprouted buckwheat, they were afraid of it
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I would not recommend giving your budgies uncooked grains.

Sprouting isn't difficult.

Sprouting Everything

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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice. Giving uncooked grain isn't the best idea - it's not only harder to digest, but the grains are not guaranteed to be free of pathogens until cooked (same reason we shouldn't eat uncooked all-purpose flour, technically).

It's great that you offer your budgies a wide variety of things to eat! That's the best way to ensure a balanced diet

Be sure to read through the stickies above to ensure you're up to date on the best of budgie care practices as well as the forums themselves! If you have any questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

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