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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 02-23-2020, 10:01 AM
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So I've been buying alot more food for my budgies to try out. They now love quinoa mixed in with their veg and also couscous. I bought some red split lentils. Are these safe for budgies? If so do you cook them? Or just soak them?

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Yes they are safe for budgies.

And you can serve them either way. I use mine in my sprout mix, so they are soaked for about 8-12 hours. You can also cook them too, either way your birds will love them.

You can also add green lentils, mung beans, green and yellow peas, brown rice, wild rice....there's so much you can either soak or cook for them
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Thank you, I've been shopping and bought lots more goodies to try sprouting. They are currently in soak. I've been watching lots of youtube videos so thought I'd give it a go. At the moment I've got quinoa, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, green and yellow lentils,popcorn kernels, peas and chickpeas in soak, I'm assuming all these are OK for my budgies? Although I haven't got the proper equipment for sprouting I'll drain them tomorrow in a sieve, do I wash and drain them daily then or do you just leave them to grow?
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I used to sprout my seeds in a sieve, over a bowl before I had my sprouting jar. It works just fine. Soak your seeds for about 24 hours, then thoroughly rinse them 2-3 times a day, leaving them to drain over a bowl. Watch the quinoa. It sprouts very quickly, but also goes off quickly. Throw away your seeds as soon as they show any signs of becoming slimy, mouldy or smelly. Itís best to start fresh before they get to that stage of course. You can also sprout your budgies seed mix (remove any pellets, or anything that isnít seed). They love it and it is good for them. Iím not sure if popcorn kernels will sprout. Iíve never tried those, so maybe someone else can answer that one.


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Thank you. They've almost been in soak for 24hrs so going to wash them off now before going to work then rinse again later in my break and tonight before bed. I did see a video of someone sprouting popcorn kernels so thought I'd give it a try. If not I'll just pop it for them as my little boy loves shredding, kicking and throwing popcorn about haha
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They don't need to soak for 24 hours, that's pretty long and can actually cause them NOT to sprout.
The items that you have are good, but don't be dismayed if they only sort of peck or nibble at the larger items. The sunflower seeds will still be too big to crack, but once they sprout a tail they may munch on that part.

Here is the link to my "How to sprout everything" guide. There's lot of pics and info, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

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OK well they are out of soak now anyway, its my first try so I'll know for next time not to soak for so long, thank you. Been searching for flax seeds in supermarkets but they all seem to be ground, I did accidentally buy a bag of this, will I be able to sprinkle that on their food or not?
The sunflower seeds I got aren't the usual big black seeds, I don't know whether it's the inside? I've been buying lots of products to try, golden linseed and pearled spelt are these safe too?
I've attached a photo of the sunflower seeds (they are mixed in with sesame seeds)

Oh and for the larger items my budgies eat peas and sweetcorn whole and they love it haha
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OK well they are out of soak now anyway, its my first try so I'll know for next time not to soak for so long, thank you. Been searching for flax seeds in supermarkets but they all seem to be ground, I did accidentally buy a bag of this, will I be able to sprinkle that on their food or not?
The sunflower seeds I got aren't the usual big black seeds, I don't know whether it's the inside? I've been buying lots of products to try, golden linseed and pearled spelt are these safe too?
I've attached a photo of the sunflower seeds (they are mixed in with sesame seeds)
So the sunflower seeds will not sprout since they have already been hulled. Don't worry, they are likely good and soft now and the birds might nibble at them.

Flax seeds never seem to sprout for me, but I include them anyways. I find them at my local Bulk Barn. I don't include a lot of them because they are the type of seed that gets a slimy film around them (like chia seeds) when they are soaked.

You can certainly sprinkle the ground lineseed (flax) on their food.

I don't think the pearled spelt will actually sprout either (SORRY!) because of the "pearling" process. It removes the outer layer of the grain, which is needed for anything to sprout.

When looking for new things to sprout, I usually do a really quick google search to see if it's sproutable before I buy it.
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I normally do do a quick search before going shopping then I forget ha. And with having no signal in supermarkets I buy random stuff ha. Are they able to eat the spelt?
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I normally do do a quick search before going shopping then I forget ha. And with having no signal in supermarkets I buy random stuff ha. Are they able to eat the spelt?
Yes, spelt is still safe to eat. Whether or not your birds will eat it depends on how soft it is right now. If it soaked for 24 hours, I'm sure it absorbed enough water to become soft. If it's still hard, they may avoid it.

Sprouting is truely a "try it and see" sort of adventure.
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