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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 03-08-2017, 11:20 PM
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I currently have 2 budgies (I want 4 but haven't gotten the second pair yet) in a very large parrot cage. They have 3 feeders, 2 of the same size and kind, and one shaped like an open watermelon. They only eat from the top feeder so I just swap that with the lower one, while the watermelon shaped one sits off on the side. In one feeder, I put: 3/4full of Trill Mix Ins (Fruit and Nut), 1/4 Trill Mix Ins (Veggies), and several Peckish brand dried mealworms. In the other feeder, I put: 3/4 Vetafarm NutriBlend Mini Pellets, 1/4 seed, either Trill brand (the kind with shellgrit and added nutrient pellets added and stuff) or unbranded seed that is smaller sold in clear bags at a pet shop I really like. The idea of the watermelon feeder is simple- Use it for either watered down fruit juice or actual fruit/veggies, however they don't usually eat them. Today, for example, I gave them some Red Mulberries, washed and straight off the tree. Usually Bonejingles likes them but she didn't get into them this time. They're small from the drought here. Last night I tried some steamed carrot and broccoli, I eat next to their cage and they eat when I do, but even though I gave it to them straight off my plate they didn't eat it. They don't seem to like or are too unsure of the fresh stuff most of the time. I also put Aristopet Calcium and Vitamin D3 supplements in their drinking water, but not their bath water. Am I missing anything? The only other things they get are Millet Sprays and they have some cuttlefish bones in their cage. They chew on leather strips and rope, but don't eat it- I finally found a kind of rope they can't chew through at all. If it starts to fray I'll remove it anyway, I switch their toys around when I clean because they poop all over them.

Edit: forgot to mention, they're indoor budgies in an area with a crapton of snakes, midges, mozzies, spiders and more, so they only get sunlight from my window, which is one of the main reasons I give them that supplement in their water. I can also give them bottlebrush leaves, flowers, branches and seed pods to chew on. Yesterday morning Chitters was talking to the Lorikeets nearby, he'd chirp, stop, and you'd hear the lorries reply, stop, and Chitters would start again... It was adorable.


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Old 03-09-2017, 02:01 AM
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Not sure at all if I should use their old cage to let them have some sunlight. Snakes are going mad, ponds and creeks are drying up, kangaroos are starving...This is the Year To Date records from BOM for this area. Seriously. A creek dried up so badly after grass grew in the creek bed it died. It's at the end of the rain season now. I walked outside today to get my budgies some mulberries. I immediately inhaled two bugs and got covered in bug bites. All the wild animals are going crazy on the fruit, too. They only got 5 tiny slightly under ripe ones.

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I'm Autistic, I find it very hard to compare what I'm giving them now to that, and don't have access to many brands. It's pretty much all Trill and Vetafarm. I don't know how much is too much in terms of meal worms and millet sprays, I am also very bad at maths. .-. That's why I asked here. Most of that is pretty much just going over my head. I understand basic but detailed explanations, without them being addressed like to a child or as though I am dull, I just have trouble understanding/comparing certain things. Sadly this is one of them. Some things I pick up on very easily, at least. Too bad it's mostly Pokemon. >_>
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Let's try to take the issues I see in your posts at a time:

1. Your birds should not be in a cage where the spacing between the bars is more than 1.27 centimeters.
If the cage you are using is a parrot cage, the bar spacing is probably too wide. Get someone to help you measure it.
If the spacing is more than 1.27 centimeters, you need to buy an appropriate cage for your birds.

2. The food you are giving your budgies is fine.
They should only get fruit (mulberries) once a week.
Try giving them leafy vegetables like lettuce, kale, spinach, cilantro, dill, basil, etc.

3. You do not need to take the budgies outside.
Since you are using the Vitamin D3 supplement for them that will take care of their needs and you don't need to risk them to the temperatures being too hot, predators, etc.

4. If the budgies are eating the meal worms, that's fine.
If not, don't worry about it. They don't need much and you can give them egg food instead if you wish. (See #5 below)

5. You can give the budgies mashed up boiled egg for protein once or twice a week.

6. Millet -- you can give each of them two or three of the little millet balls off of the millet spray each day. That is plenty.
Consider millet to be more of a treat for them, like candy is for people.

Hopefully this will take care of all your concerns with regard to their diet.
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I didn't know the spacing had to be that small. It's 1.5 cm, I thought it was fine. And it took me months to laybuy, let alone get this one because my other one that I actually laybuyed didn't come in until 4 or 5 months after I finished paying... ;=;
They don't eat the mealworms, and I thought the egg food was only for baby budgies.
Didn't know that about the millet. I wondered why there were always so few branches in a pack.
Thanks so much! But what can I do about the cage in the meantime and why is it so bad for them? I can't get them a new cage for another 4 months at least...
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Budgies can easily get their heads stuck between the bars of any cage with spacing that is more than 1.25 cm which can severely injure or kill them.

How long have you had the cage?
Sometimes certain stores will allow you to return the cage if it is in very good shape and then you can get one with the correct bar spacing.

Also, I would not recommend that you get any additional budgies. I think having two is perfect for you. You need to become comfortable in understanding your budgies and how to give them the very best care before you ever consider getting more.

It's also a good idea to have a small cage as well as the cage the budgies are normally housed in.
The small cage is to be used as a quarantine cage/hospital cage and/or travel cage as necessary.
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I still have their small cage. They can't get their heads in these bars, at least. They're fully grown and I think Chitters has a bit of English Budgie in him- he even has a tiny crest. At least now I know not to put small/young budgies in there. While Bonejingles is a bit smaller than Chitters she's also fully grown, they both were when I put them in this cage. I only got it last month. Unless they can somehow compress their heads down they won't get their heads stuck anytime soon. And I am accounting for their fuzzy long feathers. XD Their heads are around an inch wide each. As for getting more budgies, I understand, I wasn't planning on getting them soon. Since my two are fully bonded I'm not even sure how they would react. I also have a small carry cage as well, for taking them to the vet and stuff. They really liked it when I put them outside when the pest control guy came (He didn't end up spraying in the room with their cage anyway, just gave me some special ant baits) and now I have to put pegs on the doors to stop them trying to open them. XD I'm slowly getting them used to my hands again. I can stick the tips of my fingers through the bars and Chitters will just keep singing, but watching them. Thanks for the advice on the millet. I thought I got ripped off when I bought a pack and there were only two millet sprays in there one time. I'm good at keeping pets at least, for example, to keep them from staying in breeding condition I've been switching their toys when I clean them, and have many spare perches too. When Chitters goes silent he's either sleeping, eating, or preening himself, so I know I'm doing something right. =D Every now and then Bonejingles sings too but mostly she's silent.
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They don't like their bath. And I just put in fresh drinking water- their first reaction? Bath in it. Yet their actual nice big bath with a small ladder and everything is getting ignored... >_> I thought they'd bath at the ground, not in tree hollows.
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My girl only wants to bathe in her water bowl, too! I've tried lots of other things but she's pretty set in her ways At this point, I just let her, and then change out her water dish

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