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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 04-02-2010, 12:05 PM
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Is Grit all that bad for your Budgie? I read and was told that Budgies who do not live in the wild need a little extra help to digest thier food. So I bought some High Calcium Grit ( Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro-Health High Cal Grit Supplement )
I have not even opened it yet, and I spent about 6$ on it.
Should I just throw it away?
Or could it be helpful to my birds.

They don't like veggies or fruit either.
They're like picky little kids who dont like thier vegtables.

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if you'd like to try grit, go for soluble girt like oyster shell, limestone, marble and gypsum
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It's debated, but I would never feed my budgies gravel/rock (insoluble) grit. Almost all the research I've ever read says that it is not for psittacine consumption-- it's for passerines like canaries/finches. Both of my avian vets advised me not to use it as well. They have both seen several cases of budgies and other parrots fed grit that caused crop impaction.
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Ingredients:
Granite Grit, Oyster Shell, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Charcoal, Mineral Oil, Orange Oil, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Ferrous Carbonate, Copper Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate.

Sounds.. um interesting to be feeding to birds?
Is this good for them, or you recommend I don't.
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:43 PM
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Some birds eat seeds whole and require grit, but budgies hull their seeds. If you look in their seed dish you will see the empty shells. They do not need help digesting, even though grit is sold for them.

Actually, that's one thing I would caution anyone about: just because something is sold in pet stores, doesn't mean it is safe! Pet stores sell plenty of items that are unsuitable, such as hamster cages that are only suitable for mice, round bird cages or toys that contain toxic metal parts. It helps to do research before shopping for items at a pet store, so you can pick out safe toys and quality cages, items, etc.
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I offer it to my Sky but he never touches the stuff.....
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Ingredients:
Granite Grit, Oyster Shell, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Charcoal, Mineral Oil, Orange Oil, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Ferrous Carbonate, Copper Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate.

Sounds.. um interesting to be feeding to birds?
Is this good for them, or you recommend I don't.

Finches eat whole seeds, Parakeets shell theirs. So you can offer oystershell or eggshell, but that is more of a calcium supplement - especially for hens not a bad thing.

The stuff you got, maybe offer it to the feathered friends outside...(not sure on the mineral oil in it...)
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Thanks everybody - I think I will leave the Grit out of my Budgies diet.
Now to get them to eat thier veggies..
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Try making cornbread muffins with organic veggie baby food instead of milk and some seed or pellets. They WILL eat it. And they won't know it has veggies in it.
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