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How much does my budgie need to eat each day?
A budgie needs 2 teaspoons of seed per day, it's a great idea to measure your budgies seed as giving only the amount it requires ensures that it's eating ALL the different types of seed rather than picking out just it's favourite. This ensures a healthier diet. In addition fresh veggies should also be offered daily.

What should I feed my budgie?
Despite common belief an all seed diet is not adequate for a budgie. If fed only on seed you may be damaging it's liver and risking illness. A good diet for a budgie is a mix of budgie pellets/crumbles and a good quality seed mix (with as many different seeds as possible). Budgies also require fresh vegetables (spinach, broccoli, corn, carrot, etc) every one to two days as well as constant access to a source of calcium (cuttlebone) and a mineral/iodine block. Some things to avoid with budgies is apple seeds, chocolate, alcohol, avocado, salt and sugar. Wash all vegetables before giving them to your budgie as most have been around pesticides.

Should I feed my budgie grit?
Many sources will say that you should however recent research indicates that it can cause more harm than good. Grit was fed to aid the budgie with grinding down seed in the crop, however budgies dehull their seeds before eating them making grit unnecessary, feeding it can cause grit to stay in the crop causing your budgie to get ill.

I just got my new budgie, and he is not eating or drinking. Is this normal?
Yes. When you first bring your budgie home, he will be stressed out because of the move and needs time to adjust to his new surroundings. Your budgie may not eat for several days, but do not be concerned as this is normal. Most budgies love millet and you may offer it to them until you see them eat. Also, budgies do not require a lot of water so your budgie may be getting a drink when you aren't looking.

What are some safe fruits I can give my budgie?
There are quite a few fruits which are safe, but before you give them any fruits, make sure you wash them! Pesticides can be harmful to your budgie. Some fruits which are safe for your budgie include: kiwi, pears, bananas, apples, pineapples, grapes, oranges, peaches, tangerines, melons, strawberries, figs, cherries, raspberries, apricots, and blackberries.

What are some general symptoms of a sick budgie?
These are just general things to look for in a sick budgie. If you think you budgie is sick you should consult your vet as soon as possible! - Fluffed feathers - Eyes aren't opened fully - Often sleeping on both feet - Sleeping a lot - There's a change in color/consistancy in the droppings - May not eat a lot, or may eat a lot more than usual (they do this to keep warm). - Limping - Wings are drooped - On the bottom of the cage, often in a corner

What foods are toxic to budgies?
Budgies cannot eat any dairy, as they are lactose intolerant. Two of the most poisonous foods to budgies are chocolate and avocado. Never give a budgie either of these! Junk food (such as potato chips) should be avoided as well. You should avoid iceberg lettuce as well, as the pesticides on it are harmful to budgies. As a matter of fact, any foods with pesticides should be washed thoroughly before giving to your budgie.

What are some unsafe fresh foods I shouldn't give my budgie?
Not everything we can eat is non-toxic for budgies. There are some fresh foods which budgies can't eat. They include: green beans, avocados, lemons, plums, grapefruit, raw potatoes, and green potatoes.


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