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Old 02-18-2015, 04:47 PM
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Hi everyone,
My breeder asked me never to buy budgie food from pet shops. He said that the seeds their are infested with mites and other diseases. Only, I can not find millet spray at the supermarket. If I do want to get it from a pet store, how can I wash it to make sure there are no illnesses that will be passed on to my budgie?
Unfortunately, all the millet spray here is open and not packaged either.

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Old 02-19-2015, 06:35 AM
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I have heard of a few instances where people found bugs in their pets' food, but I think they are very rare.
If you are concerned about that, maybe you can ask your breeder where he gets his pet food and millet from?

Sorry not very helpful, but I wish you the best
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Thanks for replying Zeena. I actually asked him when I was there but he told me he didn't use spray millets.
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where do you live? you may be able to get it packaged online depending
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Istanbul, Turkey. I searched on the net and in many stores but they all had them in bunches (open bunches)

Cant they be washed or disinfected in some way?
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You can freeze bird seed and or spray millet to kill bugs.

I don't know what other "diseases" your breeder is referring to nor do I think there is a viable way to "disinfect" spray millet if it has been treated with pesticides or other chemicals.

In my opinion, your best option would be to purchase from an on-line bird supply store.
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Thanks Deborah,
I'll freeze them then.
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You can check the corners of the bags to see if they have evidence of moths or bugs (sometimes they have what looks like a "furry" piece of something that's about as big as a sunflower seed). We do this even here in Madrid and we won't buy if we see even one bag with evidence of moths.

Are there any pet distribution places near you? They might sell millet by weight, and it might be fresher since it's not yet in the pet store. (We buy it this way)
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Please remember that millet spray should be given as a treat -- not too much of it as it is fattening to budgies.
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Sure Deborah I'll keep that in mind. As you know Im trying to wean my 74 day old so I am trying to give him a variety of food so he forgets his formula.
By the way, my friend told me that if I freeze them the eggs of any mites might survive. Do you think this is possible?

Bethany, I haven't seen pet distribution places but there are big pet shops with a lot of millet spray piled up in separate plastic bags (but they are not packaged). Sorry for being so fussy Bethany but I raised this chick with my own 2 hands and I think you know how challenging it is to rear a chick. If I could trust one pet shop then I would always go there. What would the worst case scenario be if there were any mites?

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