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.