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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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I am wanting to give my new budgie some broccoli today. Do all of the vegetables need to be cooked?

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Nope, you can give them raw!
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nope not all of them do

Potatoes do though! and it has to be cooked thoroughly

You can give raw Broccoli, carrots, cauliflower

I think even green beans (i can't remember though) but since most of my veggies come out of the freezer I have to unthaw them all , which if I'm just making some up for the birds I just run hot water over them to unthaw them. But I cook them in the microwave at dinner then some of our bigger parrots get what's left over after dinner.

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nope not all of them do

Potatoes do though! and it has to be cooked thoroughly

You can give raw Broccoli, carrots, cauliflower

I think even green beans (i can't remember though) but since most of my veggies come out of the freezer I have to unthaw them all , which if I'm just making some up for the birds I just run hot water over them to unthaw them. But I cook them in the microwave at dinner then some of our bigger parrots get what's left over after dinner.
You can give them cauliflower?? I had no idea! I thought it wasn't good for them. It's the white broccoli like stuff right?...What are its benefits
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You can give them cauliflower?? I had no idea! I thought it wasn't good for them. It's the white broccoli like stuff right?...What are its benefits

yes they can have Cauliflower and yep it looks like broccoli only white

this is from a Quaker parrot site but it's for all birds it doesn't state what makes the food The best, good, bad etc. but has a nice chart all the same

http://www.quakerparrots.com/diet/fo...e-for-parrots/

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I grab whatever veggies and fruits in the fridge and put them in the food processor. As long as some part of it is coriander leaves, they eat it all.

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I'm curious now -- did Skyler eat the veggies?
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Raw is best. For us too, you lose vitamin content when you cook veggies. You can steam them if you want to make them softer.
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If you are cooking potatos to attempt to avoid the toxins they carry it won't do much good. The glycoalkaloids like solanin are pretty heat stable and while high temperatures can have an impact it will not get rid of them. Majority of the toxins are found in and just under the peel though so it's suggested you peel potatos now even for human consumption. Also keep potatos cool and away from light. If they start to turn green or grow throw them out because solanine levels can be 5-10times higher in a green potato skin. Not always but can and that can approach toxic levels even for humans. The older a potato is the more of the toxins are likely to have been created as well. We do not feed potato peels to anything around here including animals like rabbits and guinea pigs who would normally enjoy such vegetation.

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I would cook the hard boild egg tho for calcum in its diet.
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