Budgerigar Food


When it comes time to choose the best budgerigar food, several options are available. Any pre-packaged food specifically labelled for budgies is a good starting point and will begin supplying them with a regular diet. Small treats such as seed bells entertain the birds and serve as a snack throughout the day. Budgies food can also be prepared at home from fresh vegetables and fruits as long as the items are clean, fresh and any seeds from the fruit removed.

How to Select Quality Food Products

Budgerigar food often consists of several different types of seed. Premium quality food will contain a mixture of various grass and plant seeds that will be in small round and oval shapes and typically have several colour variations. Many budgie food products include the addition of minerals, amino acids and vitamins to help ensure that the birds are receiving proper nutrition. Packaged seed mixes should contain a good percentage of actual seed and not be filled excessively with hulled oats or other cereals.

Budgies love to munch on fresh vegetables and will receive excellent nutrition eating organic items grown in a home garden. Fresh vegetables should be left in the cage for no more than a couple of hours to prevent bacteria formation. Some budgies resist the food at first but eventually enjoy the taste of the vegetables. Owners may choose to reintroduce greens such as spinach, lettuce and broccoli in small amounts until the bird develops an attraction to the food. They may also enjoy carrots and fruit such as apples, bananas or pears but should never be given the seeds of the fruit. Whole grain breads or cereals can also be added to budgies food in small amounts.

The convenience of placing a seed bell or seed ring in the budgie’s environment ensures that there is always some food available. Used as a supplement to another feed source, the bells and other treats work well for larger cages that hold several birds and are also a fun toy that stimulates the bird. Some products include honey as a sweetener; these products are treats rather than dietary necessities.

Storing Budgies Food

Seed products, even though they may seem to be in a dried state, should always be kept in a sealed container. If left open to the elements, mildew can develop and ruin the batch or the product may become stale and difficult for the birds to digest. For a single bird or a pair, buying enough food to last one month is a good starting practice. In aviaries with larger populations, the food supply needs to be carefully monitored to ensure that all birds are getting an equal chance at feeding.

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Jeannie Discher March 18, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Being a owner of two wonderful litle parakeets, Clover and Barney, I found your site very helpful. Thank you :)

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zane erasmus March 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm

thank you for the infomation on food for budgies, it really helped!!!

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K. Smith April 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Everyone says that Budgerigars love fruit and vegetable but no birds I’ve ever owned have. I recall when I was a child, we had budgies that liked a little nibble of apple or lettuce but neither the budgie or cockatiel that I have now, will entertain the thought.

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greg blower April 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm

on reading on your website about giving birds minerals in thier water on a daily bases your site says not to at the moment iam on a breeding program me telling me to add minerals in water on a daily bases the mineral is aviherb aqua could you please advise if i am doing the right thing thanking you greg blower

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rajeev sharma April 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Good detailed information on caring pet birds
Thanks

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Ali Lunn August 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

just got a gorgeous wee budgie.Had 1 a few years ago and cant remember where you put the grit? do you just put a wee bit in with the seed?

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Karen barney September 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Can anyone help, we have had our budgie snowy for about 3 years and he is regularly sick it isn’t regurgitating its more mucus and he’s little head gets covered in it, the vet says he doesn’t know why, we feed him on trill and occasional carrot and or apple and always fresh water. Any ideas anybody?

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sapphire September 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm

i have just been given 2 gorgeous budgies and didn’t know what fruit and veg to give them so thank you your website was very helpful :)

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sandy November 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

why does our budgie throw his food out he has 2 food sticks 1with honey 1 with fruit a small bowl with vitamins and another with normal food like trill,and fresh water, but for some reason he has started to get inside his food bowl and throw everything every where does any one know why, thanks

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Jasmin November 26, 2012 at 7:33 am

I was told by an old Australian breeder that lettuce can give budgies very runny poo an not to feed it to them.
He also goes to bird shows as well. Budgies are an Australian native bird and lettuce is not a wild plant of Australia. This could be one reason its not good for them.
He also said to wash fresh food well if it is not organic and no pesticides have been sprayed on it.
Because pesticide residue will eventually make them sick.

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