06-13-2018, 07:28 AM
Sandpaper perches and liners are never recommended for cages so please do NOT ever consider using those.
Yes, budgies seek out minerals.
Budgies and parrots hull their seeds before swallowing them which means they do not need grit to digest the seeds.
Grit is necessary for birds such as canaries, finches and other passerine birds.
Parrots (including budgies) have a smaller opening from their stomach to the intestine.
Grit can become trapped causing blockages.
The necessary calcium, and minerals budgies and parrots require are available through the cuttlebone, mineral block and manu clay roses suggested in my earlier post.
Using the cuttlebone, mineral block and manu clay roses is a MUCH safer option than using commercially prepared packaged "grit" which is not recommended for hook-billed birds.
If you do decide to offer grit anyway, I strongly recommend you use ONLY a soluble grit such Oyster Shell grit and offer it in VERY limited amounts.