Soft food for baby budgies
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Up until a few decades ago, it was customary to feed budgies mostly on seed mixes, Trill being the favourite with a cuttlefish bone clipped to the cage bars, maybe a spray of millet as a treat. And that was it.
These days pellets have become the choice of many vets and you will have to choose whether pellets or seeds or your own mix will form the major part of the diet.
Current feeding advice is that 40% of the diet should be fresh foods. Choosing the correct food needs plenty of research and advice from trusted sources.
What fruit can budgies eat?
Budgies can eat banana, strawberries, apples, grapes, oranges, peaches, blueberry, pear, raisins, mango, melon (all varieties), nectarines, cherries (ensure you’ve removed the stone) and kiwis. Tropical fruits are also a favourite.
- What salad vegetables can budgies eat?
- What vegetables can budgies eat?
- Food and drink budgies can't have
- Pellets or seed mix
- What seeds can budgies eat?
- Calcium for budgies
- What do baby budgies eat?
- How much should you feed a budgie?
- How often should you feed a budgie?
What salad vegetables can budgies eat?
You may like to offer small portions of: Cucumber, lettuce, beetroot, tomato, rocket, celery and pepper.
Budgies enjoy cucumber along with other salad vegetables
What vegetables can budgies eat?
Budgies can eat: Green beans, carrot, peas in pods, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet corn and sweet potato – this should lightly cooked and your budgie would only want a teaspoon full.
There is controversy that onions, mushroom and garlic should be avoided. Some of us have used them successfully. Others do not. It is true that often a food stuff like parsley or fruit pips if taken in large amounts can cause harm but not in small amounts. Unless your fresh food is home grown or organic, it’s a useful precaution to wash well.
Food and drink budgie’s can’t have
You should avoid letting your budgie eat: Fried food, salt, crisps, bacon, coffee and caffeinated tea, although herbal teas are fine, biscuits, pastries, alcohol, cakes, chocolate, pizza, chips, bread, vanilla, peanut butter and cheese.
These foods aren’t that wonderful for humans either 😊. But most parrots, like toddlers with junk food, adore these human foods. The solution is to try to have unsuitable food out of sight.
If she’s out of her cage, don’t beat yourself up if a tiny bit of cookie or a chip was stolen or offered. Our family meals improved a lot, once we had free ranging parrots around at meal times.
This budgie is enjoying a piece of cabbage
Pellets or seed mix
Pellet diets for captive birds originated in USA. Avian vets nowadays recommend pellets because a good pellet is considered to provide nutrients, minerals and vitamins that an amateur cannot match.
Seeds contain too much fat and lack other ingredients for health, so vets choose pellets. Several manufacturers produce pellets designed for budgerigars and other small birds.
The nugget shaped pellets are made from grains and vegetables and easily digestible. The formula is fortified with essential minerals and vitamins that will meet your budgie’s various needs better than an all seed diet.
A well-chosen pellet is a sensible choice for budgies, canaries, and finches. If you choose a pellet be sure it contains no artificial preservatives and buy in a small quantity.
A useful serving for a budgie would be one tablespoon a day, with the rest of the diet made up of fresh food. Usually around a thumbnail amount.
If your bird was not weaned onto pellets but onto a seed-based diet you can accustom her to the change by gradually substituting the food she’s currently eating with the food you want her to eat. It can be done with patience.
If you are feeding seeds, and don’t wish to switch, you can provide sprouts and seeds for 40-60% of her diet and a varied selection of fresh foods for the rest.
What seeds can budgies eat?
Most budgie owners buy a ready-made seed mix to feed their birds, which is fine as long as you are sure the seeds are fresh as they have a limited shelf life. Once past their sell by date the food has little nutritional value.
It’s easy to test if seeds are fresh. Soak some seeds overnight. Rinse and drain them and spread out on wet cotton wool or kitchen paper and keep them warm for 24 hours.
If less than 50% of the seeds start to sprout throw them away. At least 90% of good seeds will sprout.
Seeds can make up between 40-60% of your budgies diet, with fresh vegetables and fruit being the rest
Grass seeds for Budgies
Grass and grains are in the same category and make up 50% of your birds intake. They are the budgie’s staple food in the wild.
If you have a garden or access to open spaces here are some grasses that you can forage for free and feed the budgies.
Your budgie will pick out the seeds from the grass you give her.
- Annual meadow-grass (Poa annua)
- Meadow foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis)
- Orchard grass, aka cock’s-foot grass (Dactylis glomerata)
- Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne)
- Poverty brome, aka barren or sterile brome (Bromus sterilis)
- Rough bluegrass (Poa trivialis)
- Soft brome, or soft chess (Bromus hordeaceus)
- Velvet grass (Holcus lanatus)
- Timothy grass (Phleum pratense)
- Yorkshire Grass, aka Meadow soft grass, velvet grass or tufted grass (Holcus lanatus)
You can feed your budgie these grains: Amaranth, barley, buckwheat (whole), canary seed, oats, quinoa, rye, sweetcorn kernels and wheat.
Budgie herb seeds
Herb-derived seeds can form a quarter of a good seed mix. You can store herbs in sealed jars and give a varied selection of the following: Alfalfa, cabbage, chia, clover, dill, fennel, fenugreek, kale, mustard (yellow, red and black), radish, red clover, groundsel and coriander leaves.
Budgie seeds that are high in fat
Parrots love many seeds that are bad for them. The following seeds need to be used sparingly because of their high fat content: Sunflower, flax, hemp, millet, niger, pumpkin (soaked and allowed to germinate first), rapeseed and sesame.
Millet, hemp, niger and rape are actually grains but they’re included here due to their high fat content.
Budgies in particular - like Galahs or some Amazons - can become obese and this shortens their life spans.
Peas and beans are high protein foods. They can be detrimental if fed in too large amounts as they can be a trigger for hormonal behaviour. If you use one or two sprouted legumes in a homemade seed mix that should be fine.
These are suitable for budgies but do not ever feed raw:
- Black-eyed peas
- Green peas
- Lentils (yellow, green, black NOT split)
- Mung beans
- Yellow peas
What is the best source of calcium for budgies?
Cuttlefish bones are the best source of calcium under normal circumstances. Parrots love to gnaw on the cuttlefish bone and it provides a great deal of enjoyment – far more than a couple of drops of calcium added to water or moist food.
If your birds are breeding you may need to use additional calcium in the form of supplements, although you always need to be careful not to over feed vitamins and minerals.
Budgies and drinking water
Many carers prefer bottled water. Also, the addition of a few drops of cider vinegar is a choice for many. The most important consideration is providing fresh water daily and more often in hot weather or aviary conditions.
Budgies - mealworms, chicken and egg
If you want to add an occasional treat some budgies adore dried or live mealworms. Although with a pelleted diet a budgie will be getting enough protein.
Also an occasional bite of hard-boiled eggs or a fragment of chicken or meat can be offered one or twice a week. Remember that small amounts should be given.
What do baby budgies eat?
Here’s a suitable recipe from the excellent Omlet website. You would not need it in everyday care but it’s helpful for young birds, breeding birds, moulting birds and unwell birds.
- 1 egg, with shell
- 1 tbsp cooked brown rice
- 1 tsp millet
- 1 tbsp crushed budgie pellets OR milled, mixed seeds
- 2 tbsp mixed chopped and grated fruit and veg
Boil the egg for 15 minutes, remove the shell and grind it up. Finely chop the egg and mix all the ingredients together and serve cold.
The fruit isn’t essential, but some budgies take more readily to the mix if it has that sweet kick.
Never be tempted to add honey or other sweeteners, though; and don’t be tempted by recipes that suggest a boiled egg and a couple of digestive sweet biscuits can do the trick.
No biscuits sold for human consumption are suitable for budgies, due to their added sugar, salt and fat.
What to feed budgies when breeding
If your budgies are in breeding mode, both parents need adequate calcium.
The hen needs more than the cockbird and to absorb calcium from cuttlefish or grits the birds need exposure to sunlight.
If your budgies are kept wholly indoors then a liquid or powdered form which also contains Vitamin D3 can be sprinkled over soft food and seed. Using calcium products in moderation does not have adverse effects.
You can also feed the recipe from the Omlet website that’s explained above.
If you're planning on breeding your budgies, the diet is more specialised that we’ve discussed here.
How much should you feed a budgie?
A reasonable amount for a budgie would be 15 or 16 grams of food and 3 or 4 grams of treat items like nuts, sunflower seeds or a piece of human food.
Individual birds just like individual humans vary in their food needs and preferences. If your bird has sufficient exercise and you like to err of the generous side, as long as the dish is emptied the budgerigar will remain healthy.
How often should you feed a budgie?
First option: The day’s food is put in bowl and left all day. Treats are given during day during in training sessions or out of cage time.
Second option: The food is divided into two and fed twice a day – you should take the morning bowl away after 15-30 minutes.
This can be advantageous in hot weather when fresh food can spoil. Feed fresh in the morning and dry in the afternoon.
Hygiene is essential so never put fresh food on top of stale food. Garden birds will finish off what our house birds leave.
Can two pairs of budgies live together?
The trend now is to keep birds in pairs which makes their lives more enjoyable when they have to be left alone and enable them to realise more natural behaviours when they are with other birds.
Birds prefer to be with their own species but will make friends with other species.
How much exercise your budgie gets is a key factor in how much food she needs. I believe cages for small birds are often too small.
Certainly, if you have tame budgies watching them flit across rooms or aviaries and with training land on your hand is a delight you will never tire of.
How to sex a budgie
Visual sexing: Mature hens and mature cocks over 12 months show some physical differences.
The female is generally smaller with a smaller head. The cere, the little tuft of feathers over the beak is brown in a hen. In a cock bird its blue. A hen’s legs and feet will be tinged brown. While a cock bird’s will be tinged blue.
In juvenile birds these attributes have not yet appeared.
If you need to sex younger birds there are several reliable methods:
Feather testing can be done at your vets, or you can ask for a kit from the laboratory and pluck the feathers yourself and send them off. Instructions are clear and simple and I have used that method successfully for years.
A few drops of blood will also contain enough DNA for successful testing. If you feel competent enough you can get a kit to draw blood at home and send the lab the results.
Another method is testing the eggshell of just hatched chicks. When chicks hatch, they leave some DNA in the broken shards of eggshell.
If you can get some eggshell and are sure it has not been contaminated, the lab will test that.
Genetics laboratories now have the ability to determine the sex of a broad range of avian species and types. Being such a common pet, budgies are included on a list of testable bird breeds.
Did you know?
Wild budgerigars are ground feeding seed and grass feeders. Grains and grasses provide the bulk of their intake in the wild. They move in flocks often thousands in number and fly enormous distances in their native Australia.
Earthflight - Black Falcon and Budgerigars captures budgies in their massive flock in Australia.
If you become fascinated with the species you will find a lot of interesting information in Cage and Aviary Birds, a weekly publication which lists all the bird shows and has a free For Sale and Wanted section.
The Budgerigar Society founded in 1925 deals with show birds but provides an excellent resource and information for any keen owner.
What Can I Feed My Baby Parakeet? 5 Homemade Baby Budgie Food Recipes – My Pet Parakeet
Your baby is growing up! They're no longer a tiny newborn parakeet but are now an adolescent parakeet that needs to be fed.
Feeding your little feathered friend can be a daunting task, and there are many things you need to know about what they should eat.
In this blog post, we will discuss 5 homemade baby parakeet food recipes with step-by-step instructions. These recipes provide healthy nutrition without any dangerous chemicals or artificial flavors in them.
You'll also find out what types of foods baby parakeets can't eat and how much each recipe feeds!
You can feed any of these recipes to your newborn parakeets from day one to weaning if, for whatever reason, the mother parakeet is unable to feed and nurture them.
Table Of Contents
- 5 Homemade Baby Parakeet Food Recipes
- How To Prepare The Formula (Step-by-Step Guide)
- How To Feed The Formula To Your Baby Parakeet
- How To Preserve The Formula
- Don't Forget Your Pet Parakeet Must-Haves!
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The following recipes are hand-feeding formulas that can be fed to your baby parakeet from the time it is hatched from the egg until it is time to wean and eat a regular diet of seeds and pellets.
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These homemade formulas will help your baby parakeet to grow quicker and wean sooner, in addition to developing a brighter, fuller plumage.
We tend to gauge the measurements by eye when it comes to the dry ingredients such as ground oats and ground wheat, as you will find yourself adjusting the recipe based on what you have in your pantry and what your bird prefers.
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As long as you include good, whole sources of protein and fats and stay away from foods your bird shouldn't eat, your parakeet will be happy!
Baby parakeets require a high-protein diet and their stomachs are relatively small which requires them to eat small amounts of food at each meal.1) Cornmeal, Ground Oat, Boiled Egg (whole), Coconut Oil
Cornmeal is a good source of protein, calcium, and Vitamins B & E. Ground oats provide fiber as well as minerals iron, copper, and zinc.
Boiled eggs have a lot more nutrients than raw eggs, which are difficult to digest when eaten by baby birds who do not produce the proper enzymes needed to break down such food items quickly.
2) Ground Oats, Chia Seeds, Ground Corn, Dried Beetroot pulp
In this recipe, the ground oats provide a source of protein, calcium, and Vitamins B & E.
Chia seeds provide fiber as well as minerals iron, copper, and zinc.
Ground corn is rich in antioxidants and dietary fibers, while beetroot provides Vitamin A, which leads to a vibrant bright color of your baby parakeet's plumage by providing beta-carotene.
3) Ground Wheat, Egg Protein Powder, Ground Flaxseed, Dried Pumpkin
In this recipe, the pumpkin provides a source of Vitamins A, C, and E.
Flaxseed is rich in Omega- fatty acids while wheat provides a good amount of protein and fiber.
Egg Protein Powder contains all the essential vitamins and minerals for baby parakeets that are not able to be found from other ingredients listed in this recipe, as well as beta-carotene.
4) Ground Brown Rice (or Arrowroot Powder) , Dried Peas, Dried/Ground Sunflower Seeds
This recipe contains rice which is naturally enriched with Vitamin B.
The peas provide a source of protein and fiber, while the whole wheat flour provides Vitamins A and E as well as zinc for your baby parakeet's feather coloration.
Some birds do not like rice, so if you find that this is the case, for any recipe with ground brown rice listed, try replacing it with arrowroot powder).
5) Ground Oats, Ground Brown Rice (or Arrowroot Powder), Soy Protein, Flaxseed
This recipe contains oats that are naturally rich in Vitamin E. The brown rice provides a source of Vitamins A and B as well as zinc, while the soy protein is enriched with all eight essential amino acids.
The flaxseeds contain omega-fatty acids, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and phytoestrogens.How To Prepare The Formula (Step-by-Step Guide)
We recommend that you only use one of these at a time and see how your baby parakeet likes them.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
- Place them in a high-speed blender for 30-60 seconds until you have a smooth (not thick and sticky) consistency.
- Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil with constant stirring for three minutes.
- Add more water if/when needed to maintain a thick liquid consistency.
- Remove from heat and let cool until the mixture is lukewarm but not cold.
- Feed your baby bird!
We also recommend adding some bird vitamin drops to your homemade formula for a vitamin boost. This should be added to the individual feed and not the entire batch, so you can manage how much you are giving your parakeet at any given feed.
If you have quite a busy schedule, it can be quite time-consuming to make your own baby bird feed. No worries, we've got you covered. This high-fat, nutrient-dense hand-feed formula will do just as well.
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You will need baby bird feeding syringes to feed formula to your baby bird. This is the “least messy” way to feed them. The tip of these syringes curves to allow easy feeding into your bird's beak.
You can also use a baby spoon, but it will be more difficult to get the food into their tiny beaks.How To Preserve The Formula
If you have used any wet ingredients, you will need to freeze the formula. We recommend freezing it in an icecube tray so you can separate and defrost smaller portions.
If you wish to preserve the formula as a powder instead, replace the wet ingredients with a dried variety (or dry them yourself).
Combine the ingredients and place them in a blender for 30-60 seconds (or until they become a fine powder.)
Store them in an airtight container until needed.
Once you have the blended powder formula in a container, you simply take out a few teaspoons at feeding time and blend with boiled water. Let it cool, or add cool boiled water before feeding your baby bird.
FAQCan Baby Parakeets Eat Baby Food?
No. Baby parakeets, regardless of age, require a high-protein diet. Baby parakeets are relatively small, and their smaller stomach requires that they eat small amounts of food at each meal.
Seeds and pellets should make up the bulk of a baby parakeet's diet, supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables every day (in appropriate portions).
The problems seen in captivity documented by avian veterinarians include stunted growth of the body organs internally as well as halted growth on the outside. When these birds are fed foods that are not natural to them, they may not grow properly and exhibit behavioral disorders.
Do Baby Parakeets Need To Be Hand-Fed?
Newborn parakeets who do not have their mother to feed them do need to be hand-fed their formula.
This is just to ensure that they are getting the nutrients and energy that their bodies need to grow. It can be quite difficult for a tiny, developing bird to get the formula into its mouth and consume enough of it to grow.
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Feeding it formula through a syringe directly into its beak is the best way until they begin to wean, and you can put a thicker formula mixed with small pellets on a surface or in a dish.
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What to feed budgie chicks?
After birth, budgerigars are defenseless, they are completely dependent on their parents. The female feeds and pays attention to each of them, despite the number of offspring and their age difference.
In the beginning, feeding of babies consists of regurgitation by the female of crop milk, which is located in the gizzard. This "milk" is not one substance, it is a yellowish mucus, consisting of very small, almost liquid pieces of food and protein-rich crop milk. A few days after the birth of the chicks, partially digested grain from the goiter is mixed with the "milk". nine0003 Photo: parrots4life
Thanks to sprouted grains in the diet of a lactating female, she produces a sufficient amount of crop milk.
Later, as the parrots mature, the older ones are transferred to grain feed. Since the grain is in the crop, the female feeds the grown chicks first, and when the grain runs out, the crop milk goes to the smallest in the family.Photo: Bika
During this period, the male constantly provides the female with everything she needs, as she can leave the nest only in the morning and evening, and even then not always. Sometimes the male helps the female and participates in feeding. He also processes grain feed in the goiter, like the female. Thanks to this, the digestive system of budgerigar chicks works like clockwork, they receive the most nutrients, vital enzymes and boost their immunity. nine0003
Having flown out of the nest for the first time, young parrots most often remain under the care of the male, as the female is going to the second clutch.
The nutritional value of the parents depends on the owners. It is very important to add and exclude certain products in time.
Feeding a young couple during breeding can be found here.
It happens that breeders have to take on the role of parents of chicks.
- 1 Reasons for artificial feeding of budgerigar chicks:
- 2 Heating of budgerigar chicks
- 3 There are several options for feeding budgerigars:
- 4 How often to feed budgerigar chicks
Reasons for artificial feeding of budgerigar chicks or failure5: 9003 9003 parents;
- disease of a chick requiring its immediate separation from the feathered family;
- lack of appetite in the chick, its inability to feed on its own; nine0003
- death or illness of parents;
- a large number of chicks, parents can not cope;
- the female is going to the second clutch and her offspring interferes with her.
The safe period without food for a newly hatched chick is 12 hours.
This is how long a female can go without feeding her baby. And, in case of a non-standard situation, you should count on this period of time to have time to prepare.
You can offer the chick to another pair or offer the male to feed it. Sometimes the bird accepts the baby and thus takes care of him. But it happens that only you can save the situation. nine0003 Photo: ddie gunn
Also, the female is often going to re-lay, her attitude towards the babies may change and you will need to look for additional housing for the young as soon as possible. More often this happens when the chicks are already able to feed on their own, but it happens that the female shows unmotivated aggression early and you need to save the parrots very quickly.
If your chick is only a few days old, then you can only feed with a special factory syringe or a homemade tool. To do this, you will need a 5 ml syringe and a tube that plays the role of a catheter. If you have the smallest chicks, then its diameter should not be more than 2.5 mm and it will be made of strong, soft material without sharp edges. nine0003 Photo: Feeding injector
You should get rid of the syringe, for this you need to glow the cap and carefully remove the needle, drill a little more hole in the nozzle and put on the tube. Wrap the thread tightly around the edge of the tube and nozzle from the syringe. With a factory syringe, you don’t have to suffer like that - everything is provided for in the design.
The catheter must be lowered into the crop to a sufficient depth - if it is not installed correctly, the feed may enter the bird's trachea, which will lead to its death.
Therefore, having decided to breed budgerigars, you should already have a feeding syringe available. nine0003
Baby budgerigar heating
Also, fledglings require additional heating, which you will have to take care of. Devices that breeders use to keep chicks or sick birds warm are called brooders. You can buy them or make your own.Photo: Magazine about birds
The main thing is to be guided by the temperature parameters, since as you grow, the temperature in the room where the parrot is located should decrease.
Chick from a few hours to 4 days - 36 - 36.5°C; 7 days - 34°С; 14 days - 31 - 31.5 ° C; Day 21 - 24°C. Further, the chicks are moved to a box, which is similar in size to a nest box, in such a room the parrots themselves will be able to heat each other. nine0003
If you are raising a single chick, keep it in the brooder until day 25, where you lower the temperature to 24°C. Humidity during this period is maintained at 60%, as during masonry.
There are several options for feeding chicks:
Ready mix. Babies need vitamins and nutrients as well as vital enzymes. Therefore, NutriBird A19, a specialized and balanced food for budgerigar chicks, is just right. The mixture must be diluted not boiled, but heated to 39°C with water. Depending on the age of the chick, you adjust the density of the paste. This is the breeder's most convenient feeding option and one of the best ways to give your chick everything it needs to develop a strong body.
You can buy food for chicks - Padovan Baby Patee Universelle. Some breeders have successfully raised young on it.Photo: parrots4life
Donor bird. Professional breeders use donor birds. Using a catheter, they load a grain mixture into the goiter of a bird, which is later pulled out with a probe. This is an unsafe procedure, so only professionals use this method. The main plus is that the substance that is extracted from the goiter of a parrot is a guarantee that the chick will receive all the vital substances for development. nine0003
Malt milk. A mixture of germinated grains with egg. Malt is prepared from germinated grain, which is crushed and diluted in half with water. Then filter through a strainer and add to the mixture. You should end up with a paste at 39°C.
Medical additive Mezim, Festal, etc. to the porridge. The difficulty lies only in the correct concentration and dilution of these enzymes. It is better to use them together with malt milk.
For power base baby budgerigar, you need to cook baby porridge without milk, sugar and salt: you can boil buckwheat, oatmeal or corn porridge. On the third day of the birth of a chick, you can add vegetable juices to its diet: carrot, beetroot and pumpkin. After the chicks are at least 10 days old, in addition to cereals, you can give a little apple, banana, pomegranate and fat-free cottage cheese.
When the chicks are 20 days old, you can switch them to syringe feeding without catheter or even spoon feeding. From these days, add sprouted grains to the diet (pre-crush into pieces). nine0003
At the age of 30-35 days, the chicks can switch to dry grain, earlier if there is someone nearby who can show them how. But don’t worry, you don’t need to teach this, the chicks successfully begin to taste the grains themselves when the time comes.
How often to feed budgerigar chicks
The smallest chicks should be fed every two hours, at night every 4 hours. Gradually, six feedings with a break for the night are enough for the parrots.Photo: Dawnstar Australis
On the 20th day of life, babies can eat 4 times a day, as they approach 35 days, 3 times will be enough for the chicks. nine0003
Babies start to squeak when they are hungry, and the owners, in addition to the feeding schedule, listen to the sounds coming from the cage.
If your older bird is sick, you may need to feed it more frequently.
It is impossible to overfeed a parrot. Do not let the porridge flow out of the beak.
Try feeding them with a spoon, little by little the chicks will get used to it. If among them the eldest is the first to start eating on his own, there will be a chance that he will become an example for the rest of the parrots. nine0003
Food and diet for parrots at home
Parrots are smart, beautiful birds that easily get along with humans. Their appearance and ability to learn attract the attention of many. Unpretentious in content, do not need special food and care. The main thing is the right diet, a spacious cage and the attention of the owners, especially if they brought one parrot. You have to talk to him, teach him, play with him. And in order for him to always have a good mood, he needs to eat right and tasty, besides, his health depends on it. nine0003
Balanced food for birds sold in pet stores is a good solution for his diet. The composition contains all the vitamins and minerals necessary for the normal life of a feathered pet.
On the advice of the specialists of the Lapki online store, when keeping at home, it will not be superfluous to diversify his diet with all sorts of sweets, we will listen to their advice.
What parrots eat at home
The choice of dishes for a feathered pet is great and varied, these are vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs, grains. nine0003
Basic grain food for parrots:
- canary seed;
- shelled oats.
This food can be bought at any pet store, the price is affordable for everyone. It is better to buy in transparent packaging in order to immediately see the quality of the product. Any grain must be clean, free of debris or mold.
It is very useful to give germinated grain, it contains a lot of vitamins. It is easy to prepare such a dish - pour grains on the bottom of the plate, pour clean water on top so that the grains are barely covered, it is advisable to rinse every day so that mold does not form, especially in hot summers. Green sprouts will appear in a couple of days, rinse the grains with running water and can be given to birds. nine0003
Green food consisting of:
- strawberry leaves;
- Dried chopped nettles are added to the feed in winter.
Dill and parsley are not in demand among birds, therefore, such greens should not be included in the diet. It is also very useful to add carrots, apples, pumpkins, cucumbers, beets, tomatoes to the diet. Fruits are also important for parrots, they contain many useful vitamins and minerals. In the process of feeding, it is necessary to observe the pet in order to identify the most favorite dish. You can replace food for a parrot with any porridge cooked on water - buckwheat, oatmeal, pearl barley, rice. nine0003
What to feed the budgerigar
The budgerigar is a small, nimble bird that also loves to eat deliciously. Food for a parrot should consist not only of grain, it is necessary to give vegetables and fruits.
Such food table should include:
- apples, pears;
- cucumber, tomato;
- carrots, beets;
- tangerines; nine0026
For the winter, berries and fruits can be dried in a clean place so that there is no mold and dust on the fruits. A good vitamin supplement will be green twigs of fruit trees, they are fixed on the cage. Feathered pets eat the bark with pleasure, while cleaning their small beaks.
How much food to feed a parrot?
Domestic birds eat as much as they want, they don't tend to overeat like humans. All remaining food in the feeder must be removed and inspected. The grains can be blown away from the husk and poured into a bowl again, on top you can decorate with grated carrots. nine0003
Due to their mobile nature, the bird often clogs the drinker and feeder, so cutlery must be washed and cleaned frequently. A portion of food should be such that he eats it, otherwise the food will mix with fluff or sand.
Give fresh food every day, preferably at the same time.
What is good for budgerigars?
In addition to the listed foods, small parrots should be given the following ingredients:
- chalk - a piece is placed on the bottom of the cage;
- cottage cheese;
- pounded eggshells;
- bone meal - sold in pet stores;
- charcoal, a storehouse of trace elements;
- sand - it is better to buy ready-made;
- vitamins - especially during the molting period or during the mating season.
- honey - a little put in a drinker;
- lemon juice - add a few drops to water. nine0033
- all fragrant herbs - dill, parsley, cilantro ...;
- salt, sugar;
- nuts, seeds;
- milk, dairy products; nine0026
- sausage, meat;
- preservation, pepper;
- boiled vegetables;
- candy, chocolate.
It is important not to forget to germinate the grain, such food is available at any time of the year. It is better to steam or brew millet for a parrot, give it cooled down 1-2 times a week.
What not to feed parrots
Particular attention should be paid to prohibited foods for birds:
The listed products must always be remembered or written on a piece of paper and put in a conspicuous place for memorization.
A healthy diet includes vegetables and fruits grown away from highways, must be fresh, free of rot, well washed and dried.