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Old 05-29-2015, 03:11 PM
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Can anyone tell me what the best food to feed my budgie is.
It's confusing he likes seeds and of course millet! He would just live on millet if I let him but I don't I limit it as I don't want him to get too fat
I want to give him the healthiest food possible .. He has fruit and veg and like a bit of wet lettuce.
I keep reading other budgie keepers saying don't give them all seeds they should have pellets??
Please can you tell me,
What do you all feed your budgies on.. It will be useful for other budgie keepers too
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I feed my budgie 2 teaspoons of seed per day, plus leafy greens clipped to the cage. She also gets unlimited pellets in a separate dish from the seed. I use Zupreem FruitBlend pellets in the tiny finch size - I have found these pellets to be the easiest kind to get my birds to eat.

I have also sprouted seeds in mason jars and fed those to my budgies in the past. I had to stop doing that because my metal jar lids began rusting, but I would like to start sprouting again especially since I will have some extra time this summer. I have tried birdie bread in the past but my birds wouldn't eat it (even though they REALLY like human bread ). Maybe I just haven't tried the right recipe yet.
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I second ZuPreem FruitBlend, the XS canary size is the best size for budgies.
I agree that it's the easiest food to get "seed-addicts" to eat and had great success with my own finicky princess.

Remember that seeds to pellets is a gradual process, you'll want to introduce pellets into his diet by replacing a small amount of seed with pellets each day. It's important that even though he eats the seeds and begs for more (while ignoring the pellets), you mustn't give in, so he learns that unless he wants to be hungry for the rest of the day, he has to eat the pellets. Eventually you'll get to the moment of truth where all his food is pellets, and at that point it's ok to leave them for 2 days even if he's not eating--budgies can go for 2 days without food. If at this point, he's still not eating, give a few seeds and try again. Don't give up! Even if it seems to no avail at the beginning, as soon as he gets curious and begins to eat it, you'll know, as pellet-poop is a different color than the dark seed-poop

Good job with the veggies, it's good to hear he likes wet lettuce. Make sure it's Romaine lettuce or mixed greens, as regular iceberg doesn't have many nutrients. Budgies also tend to like carrot, either shredded, sliced, or whole, fresh parsley or cilantro, bell pepper, and corn. You can also give fruit as a treat, like slivers of apple or grape halves. My little girl's favorite fruit is pear.

I hope this helps and I'm glad you've decided to change your little one's diet, it might be difficult at first but you will have a happier and healthier budgie!
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I don't feed pellets. The dislike stems from way back when. I feel I got better control over quality with seeds (you can sprout them to see if they are fresh, with pellets, you can only guess), plus I try to avoid artificially colored foods as best as I can.

Your best bet is a good variety: Seeds, leafy greens, pellets if you choose. (I mean it loosely when I say greens...I use mixed greens, purple green and red....)
Vegetables, maybe some egg food, and of course minerals and calcium.

If your bird eats greens and vegetables already, awesome!
If not, sprouting your seeds is a good starter (and really easy if you a little diligent)

Diet and Nutrition - Talk Budgies Forums has many good ideas to explore.

You can also make one of the many recipes members have shared to spoil your little friend.
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Take a look at this link which provides information on an excellent diet for your budgie.

Our Budgies Diet - Cute Little Birdies Aviary
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Thank you for all your ideas I have tried some already the romaine lettuce kale carrots have been the favourites and the zupreem fruit blend is on it's way from the US
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He wasn't very keen on the apple and grapes which was surprising but I will keep trying them
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