It’s a no-brainer that an ideal Budgie food is a balance of all the vital components that complement their nutritional requirements. Thus, for the right Budgie care, consider the following foods for them:
Seeds such as grass seeds, grain legumes, and oily seeds make a healthy seed mix. Fennels, chia, canola, fenugreek, and kale are some of the seeds derived from herbs that contribute to a Budgie’s nutrition. Depending upon the size and age, 1.5-2 tablespoons of seeds can be included in the total Budgie food.
*Note: Seeds are deficient in calcium and vitamins hence, always remember to serve the seeds along with other fresh food instead of being a stand-alone diet.
Available in a wide variety of colours, flavours and shape, pellets are recommended by experts as a key component in Budgie Food. Pellets contain vital nutrients hence, should account for at least 75-80% of a Budgie’s total diet. However, if your bird isn’t much fond of pellets, you can start by introducing this item in small amounts, mixed with other foods such as fresh fruits, seeds, and vegetables that they are already used to.
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Beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, cucumber, cauliflower, radish, pumpkin, kale, mustard greens, spinach, sweet corn, and sweet potatoes are few healthy vegetables that are safe to feed. Make sure that you wash them properly and cut into small pieces as large food pieces might cause choking. Ideally, vegetables account for about 20% of a Budgie food.
*Note: Pale vegetables that contain a lot of water content (celery, lettuce) offer less nutritional value, thus should be avoided.
Fruits that make good Budgie food are apricots, bananas, cranberries, guavas, kiwis, lychees, mangoes, melons, pineapples, plums, papaya etc. These contain vital nutrients that can potentially contribute to good Budgie care. Remember not to overfeed them!
Besides the regular Budgie food, hydration is a must for your little one. So make sure that the water you are serving them should be fresh and the utensil in which it is served should also be clean.
Cooked meat, fish and eggs can also be occasionally included in a Budgie food.
Like any other pet, it is crucial in the case of Budgies as well that you consider an in-person consultation with a vet regarding their diet and feeding schedule. It might be possible that they are allergic to one food or another, this can only be figured out after a professional examination by an expert. Thus, choosing the right Budgie food is important. Ideally, Budgie lifespan varies from 5-10 years but the right Budgie care can potentially add years to their lives.