Did you know a constant only-seed diet can shorten your budgie’s lifespan? Yes, you heard it right!
I know that the most common suggestion you were given about budgies or any other bird’s diet is the Seed Diet. This suggestion has been passed down from generation to generation.
It is a myth that budgies can only be fed with seeds and will live well. Instead, an only-seed diet can be malnourished for your budgie. And there are more truths like this to learn about the budgie diet.
As a budgie owner, you must learn what can budgies eat and what diet can be dangerous. I have discussed the matter thoroughly in this article, so keep reading.
Understanding Budgie’s Dietary Needs
Budgies are tiny creatures that are not really tough to maintain. Usually, their lifespan is 4 to 6 years. But, the right diet and hygienic home environment can expand their lifespan to 12-15 years.
You must understand your budgie’s dietary needs to achieve the goal. Your budgie needs enough nutrition and hydration to live well and long. Carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, proteins, and minerals are some of the essential nutritional elements they need.
In the wild, budgies can dwell on eating from the ground. They can eat grass grains and insects as well. But captive budgies need special treatment. You must choose the best foods and maintain a healthy food habit for your budgies.
Offer Mixed Seeds
Seeds are a very good source of fats for your budgie. They love to eat seeds all the day. However, when offered seed mixes that contain two to eight different kinds of seeds, budgies may choose to eat only one or two types.
In such cases, you may try to understand which type of seeds your budgie likes to eat and shop for those only. But, depending on an all-seed diet won’t be a wise decision as this can lead your bird to obesity.
Later, obesity can increase health risks and even lead your budgie towards premature death. So, make seeds a part of their diet only in limited quantities, like 1/6th.
Leafy Greens, Vegetables & Fruits
Add 75% to 80% of vegetables to your budgie’s diet. Dark green and yellow veggies are excellent sources of multiple nutritive elements. Besides, most vegetables are harmless and easy to digest for little birds.
Just be aware of the fruits and vegetables that are harmful to budgies. These include avocados, fruit seeds, uncooked beans, garlic, onion, chocolate, cheese, dairy products, etc.
Here I have included a helpful table listing the fruits and vegetables that are safe to feed your budgies.
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While feeding fruits with stems, remove the stems or any hard element and then feed it to your budgie.
Pellets can be an excellent substitute for seeds. As you already know, seeds contain high fat that may create health issues for your budgie. On the other hand, pellets are made with fruits, grains, vegetables, and mixed seeds.
Based on scientific research, pellet manufacturers and avian vets determine the ratio and create these nutritive pellets.
That means pellets are highly rich in vitamins, nutrients, proteins, fats, amino acids, and other vital elements. You can set your birdie for a pellet diet and occasionally feed seeds. Or, you can give it both, maintaining a balance.
Millets consist of different varieties of seeds, grains, and grass. They are rich in proteins, fibers, vitamins and minerals. However, millets also lack some vitamins and other nutrients, making them nutritionally incomplete.
So, these are not the best feed for your budgies, as they must have a balanced nutritional diet. You better give your budgies millets as treats. Giving this treat once or twice a week to your birds is safe.
Budgies are jumpy and hopping birds. You can create the scope of activity for your captive budgie with Millets. Place the millet stick at the top of the cage, creating ways to make your bird jump, fly, and do physical activities to eat the millet.
Give Them Fresh Water
You might already give your budgie enough water to stay hydrated. However, it is essential to make sure the water is always fresh. Your budgie might refuse to drink water that comes in touch with dirt or droppings, which is also not advisable to let them drink.
Refill your budgie’s water container daily in the morning and the evening. It will ensure the water your budgie is drinking is always fresh and best for hydration.
Mealworms, Chicken & Egg (Occasional Treats)
Budgies are omnivorous, which means they eat both veg and non-veg foods. Mealworms, cooked chicken meat, and eggs can be very good protein sources for your budgie. However, you should only feed these items occasionally.
Remember, if your budgie doesn’t want to eat mealworms or avoids them, refrain from feeding them this treat. And for chicken meat, give them small amounts so that they can digest easily.
Budgies have a sensitive digestive system. So, an overdose of these foods might lead to serious health issues. Feed these items once or twice a week as a treat.
Cuttlebone & Mineral Block
Cuttlebones and mineral blocks can be the guardians to eradicate mineral deficiencies for your budgie. These items are enriched with minerals, especially calcium, to keep your bird healthy.
You must know birds need enough calcium to keep their beak and overall body healthy. Again, the male and female budgie in mating time require more calcium and minerals.
Place the cuttlebone or mineral block at the side of the cage with the help of the clips that have already come attached to the item. If the block gets dirty with droppings, simply remove the item, brush the dirt off with a wired brush, and place it again where it was in the cage.
PRO TIP If you want to introduce a new food to your budgie, do not do it immediately. Include some chunks of the new food with the old food first. Gradually increase the amount of the new food and decrease the amount of the old food.
That’s how you can shift your budgie with new foods for better nutrition without messing with its food habits.
As you’ve reached the end of this write-up, I hope you have learned well what can budgies eat. While creating a diet plan for your beloved budgie, ensure the diet is packed with all the nutritional values the bird needs.
I’m Shajid Rahman, a happy owner of 6 beautiful budgies. I take care of this website to share tips, fun facts, and care guides about these birds.
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