Budgie diet.

Kitty16

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2 Blue Budgies, the female is Skittle and the male is Milo.
As some of you already know, I have 2 budgies, male and a female but what you didnโ€™t know most likely is I have them on a seed mix diet, I know itโ€™s really bad but Iโ€™m not sure what ingredients to get to make them fresh food, any ingredient suggestions will be a huge help, Iโ€™ve also seen some people using food processors to make their birdโ€™s food but I donโ€™t have one of those, could I still make some without one? Donโ€™t be afraid to reply! Hereโ€™s a picture of them.
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Does your seed diet include pellets? I used Finch and Canary sized pellets for my budgies. They seemed to enjoy the smaller size, plus it looked more like seeds to them than the funny shapes other brands had.

Budgies, I've been told, love ot leaf bathe. You stick a few pieces of lettuce in water and without shaking the water off, you stick it in a bowl or plate. It encourages them to get some exercise, and some birds actually decide to sample the leaf :D.

Besides those two ideas, I'm not sure what else you can do. I know chop can be cut up very finely with a knife. Good luck!
 
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Kitty16

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Does your seed diet include pellets? I used Finch and Canary sized pellets for my budgies. They seemed to enjoy the smaller size, plus it looked more like seeds to them than the funny shapes other brands had.

Budgies, I've been told, love ot leaf bathe. You stick a few pieces of lettuce in water and without shaking the water off, you stick it in a bowl or plate. It encourages them to get some exercise, and some birds actually decide to sample the leaf :D.

Besides those two ideas, I'm not sure what else you can do. I know chop can be cut up very finely with a knife. Good luck!
Iโ€™m not sure if it includes pellets, hereโ€™s a picture of the food we currently have for them, we got the budgies from a store so we kind of had to get something right away.
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HeatherG

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You donโ€™t need a food processor. I used to make a mash using frozen cut vegetable, rice, and canned or cooked dried beans. Froze it in ice cube trays and bagged it. Then thawed a cube at a time.

That was years ago but it was a decent diet in retrospect. That was in mid 90s when there were fewer pelleted diets available.
 

PippTheBananaBirb

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Iโ€™m not sure if it includes pellets, hereโ€™s a picture of the food we currently have for them, we got the budgies from a store so we kind of had to get something right away.View attachment 41028
I reccomend getting them a healthier seed mix eventually. One that contains at least 6 different seeds. It'll already be a lot better.
As some of you already know, I have 2 budgies, male and a female but what you didnโ€™t know most likely is I have them on a seed mix diet, I know itโ€™s really bad but Iโ€™m not sure what ingredients to get to make them fresh food, any ingredient suggestions will be a huge help, Iโ€™ve also seen some people using food processors to make their birdโ€™s food but I donโ€™t have one of those, could I still make some without one? Donโ€™t be afraid to reply! Hereโ€™s a picture of them.View attachment 41026
I hear much to often that seed is bad. This is false. Only seed? Yes. Mostly seed? Yes. 25% or less in the diet? No, unless it's a mix with low variety.

Yes, they are high in carbs. But they contain a lot of essential fatty acids and other healthy nutrient.

Budgies need about 15-25% seed as they are ground foragers and eat a lot of grains in the wild.

They will need exercise to burn off extra carbs, but they need exercise anyway, just like us.


My birds eat dry mixes instead. You don't HAVE to feed dry mixes, I just reccomend it as they have a lot of variety. I will include some recipes below, you can add some extra stuff as well such as dried veggies, some pellets etc.

If you wish to feed pellets instead, I reccomend Harrison's or TOP's as they are the healthiest ones. Only as 30% or less in their diet.
 

PippTheBananaBirb

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Sunny(f)Light green opaline
Cockatiel:
Pippen(?)Lutino
I reccomend getting them a healthier seed mix eventually. One that contains at least 6 different seeds. It'll already be a lot better.

I hear much to often that seed is bad. This is false. Only seed? Yes. Mostly seed? Yes. 25% or less in the diet? No, unless it's a mix with low variety.

Yes, they are high in carbs. But they contain a lot of essential fatty acids and other healthy nutrient.

Budgies need about 15-25% seed as they are ground foragers and eat a lot of grains in the wild.

They will need exercise to burn off extra carbs, but they need exercise anyway, just like us.


My birds eat dry mixes instead. You don't HAVE to feed dry mixes, I just reccomend it as they have a lot of variety. I will include some recipes below, you can add some extra stuff as well such as dried veggies, some pellets etc.

If you wish to feed pellets instead, I reccomend Harrison's or TOP's as they are the healthiest ones. Only as 30% or less in their diet.
For the veggies, you can just chop them up by hand or slice them into steps and hang them in the cage, you can also use leafy greens, they are a favourite among budgies.
 

Talaya

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i agree with Pipthebananbirb, itโ€™s all about knowing what is best for your individual breed. (One diet does not fit all)
Great idea to hang greens/veg and fruit from hemp rope/string for them to chew at as an introduction. It will also encourage play and foraging.
My boy loves a pumpkin, I just cut it in half and let him destroy it.
 

PippTheBananaBirb

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Jeff(m)violet spangle(MIA)
John(m)green
Snowy(f)DF spangle
Griffen(m)yellowface sky-blue spangle
show budgies:
Grumpy(M)(RIP)cobalt blue
Sunny(f)Light green opaline
Cockatiel:
Pippen(?)Lutino
i agree with Pipthebananbirb, itโ€™s all about knowing what is best for your individual breed. (One diet does not fit all)
I agree, though you don't really get different "breeds" of birds, rather different species.(For Example, Show budgies and Australian budgies are different breeds, but an aclectus and a cockatiel are different species.)
Great idea to hang greens/veg and fruit from hemp rope/string for them to chew at as an introduction. It will also encourage play and foraging.
My boy loves a pumpkin, I just cut it in half and let him destroy it.
My birds love it when I hang veggies, I usually use clips.
 

Talaya

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I agree, though you don't really get different "breeds" of birds, rather different species.(For Example, Show budgies and Australian budgies are different breeds, but an aclectus and a cockatiel are different species.)

My birds love it when I hang veggies, I usually use clips.
You're right, I used clips for my budgies items too.
Now I have to use a metal kabob stick or โ€˜ropeโ€˜ because my boy is bigger and too powerful for the Clips.
 

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