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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of foods.

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Old 12-13-2008, 09:32 PM
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The last parakeet i had for 8 years i only fed him bird seed cuz i was only 10 when i got him and we didnt know much about them. I just brought home a new parakeet a week ago and would like some advice on what to feed him. Iv been reading that they can eat veggies and fruits, are they suppose to be cut a certain way or blended? Is there any other stuff i could be feeding him? Ill take any advice cuz i want my new baby to be eating healthy! Oh and also should they eat grits, iv heard different things about it.

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Old 12-13-2008, 10:51 PM
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hello its nice that u want to learn what other healthy & fun foods to feed your budgie!~ there's a whole entire list of safe fruits & veggies they can eat... they can eat A LOt of things youd be surprised... just make sure to wash everything very well... and yes chopping it up so that its smaller like the size of their seeds helps.... sometimes they will be scared and not try it for weeks or months, the younger the budgie, the easier for you to train them....

next time u go to the pet store, look for the high quality seeds that come with "pellets" or you can buy a separate bag called "Zupreem Fruitblend or Natural" or "Harrisons" brand pellets etc... those are basically fruit or veggies blended up into lil bits of crunchy food... its supposed to be healtier...and many people here feed their budgies pellets and a little seed each day.. but they wont or might not eat it right away..

budgies LOVE Millets ...almost every single budgie will go crazy for them...its like candy or your favorite food to humans but for birds hehe...they sell them everywhere at the bird store... they go crazy for them and its a good treat to give them while trying to train them to bond with you... some people say not to give too much ...others say its ok if your budgie gets a lot of flying time/exercise..

there's so many things they can eat... but also to avoid... but yes an all seed diet is not good for them... they will live a longer healthier lifestyle with a well balanced diet..

please read the "DIET" section for more advice and specific list...

good luck!

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thanks so much for the advice, i think hes 5 month old so hopefully itll be easy to change his diet
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Old 12-14-2008, 03:38 AM
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no problem. i also wanted to add that when trying to give your budgie new fruits/veggies food, presentation really does matter. some peoples budgies prefer their veggies wet while others dry...some start their budgies off with "wet rommaine or red leaf lettuce" or celery or parsley, cucumber etc... some hang their veggies while some chop them up and mix it in their food...

also u asked about "grits" earlier, everyone kind of has mixed thoughts on that... it really just depends what your budgie will be willing to eat...

good luck on the conversion! i'm still TRYING to get mine to eat any veggie or fruit... mine only like whole wheat bread and my female i think likes dry brocolli tops chopped up really fine..and slightly wet... LOL
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My understanding is that grit is only required for birds that eat seed husks, as budgies remove the husks from their seeds it isn't necessary, and if they eat too much it can be bad for them.

There are so many different ways to serve your budgie fruits and vegetables. Here is a good forum to get started on Vegetables and Fruits but it is going to depend on your bird's preferences. Raw is easiest although some people like to give their budgies cooked veges, I give mine cooked corn but everything else I just serve washed. Experiment and see what works for your new budgie
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if they won't eat their veggies try to puree them and make some budgie bread - i also grind pellets and put that in their bread too...they love thier birdie muffins for breakfast
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A mixed diet is really the key. If you can get your bird to eat pellets that is a great basis, and it can then be supplemented with seed, millet and fruit and veg. My birds tend to get whatever I'm having - sometimes raw, sometimes cooked. Mine really love peas, sweetcorn and lettuce (although lettuce doesn't have a great nutritional value)

You can also feed them a little cooked rice, ideally brown but white is ok, and cooked pasta.

Grit is something people have opposing views on, I think most people on here don't bother.

Boiled egg also goes down well, just hard boil an egg and mash it up. You can include mashed shell too, good source of calcium, just make sure it's well crushed.
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Sweet, you guys gave me alot of good ideas im gunna try out! I tried giving him choped up apple yesterday and he looked at me as if he were someone who loved meat and i was making him go veggitarian haha. I put some of the seeds in there with the apple so hed feel more comfortable with the new food.
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Just in case you don't know, if you're giving him apple make sure there are no pips as they can be toxic.
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I didnt know some of the stuff that parakeets could eat until i read this book and fed it to them and they like it!!

They can eat-
seed
unsweetend breakfast cereals
millet
whole-wheat bread
cooked beans and rice
and cooked pasta

They say they should get-
%50 seeds, grains and legumes
%45 dark green or dark orange vegies and fruits
%5 protein in the form of well cooked meat, well cooked eggs or dairy products.

They need vitamin A so some stuff that they can eat that has that in it are-
carrots
yams
sweet potatoes
broccoli
dried red peppers
dandelion greens
spinach

Canned fruit and vegies are not as good for your parakeet as fresh ones
You can steam or bake yams and sweet potatoes.....yams are a kind of patatoe i think. thats what my dad said.


I hope this helps and all the best to you and your budgie..
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