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Good Diet for Budgies?

Postby Cockatude » Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:29 pm

Today 3 kids came by to see my African grey and Citron cockatoo. It's a weird story. Their mom is an old friend, and one of the boys has budgies. He is very interested in parrots, and a long time ago, while he was looking at Youtube videos, he came across some long-forgotten videos I did, featuring my birds. Totally random thing. Anyway, he has wanted to meet them ever since.

I was talking to the boys and their mom about their budgies, and they said they were getting mainly seed with some vegetables added. Because my vet told me to get my birds off of seed, I passed the information along. Now they wonder what they should be using.

What's good for budgies? I have never owned one. Is there a good, affordable product out there? These folks are not able to fork out for designer bird food. Dad got in trouble and is now a guest of the state, and he has elected to cut off all contact with his kids. Mom had to take whatever employment she could get.
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Re: Good Diet for Budgies?

Postby stevesjk » Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:15 am

My budgie wouldnt eat pellets so i give him a seed called xtra vital budgie seed, it smells great and my budgie loves it. Alongside he has fruit and veg everyday. Hes 7 years old and going strong.
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Re: Good Diet for Budgies?

Postby Pajarita » Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:28 am

Well, it's never a good idea to free-feed seed to any parrot regardless of how good and how fortified the seed is. I do feed mine seed [ABBA 1600 -Budgie mix] but they get gloop and lots of leafy greens and one piece of fruit [they are not natural fruit eaters but they can learn to munch on them a little bit if one insists and insists]. The gloop has veggies mixed in it and, although they don't eat all of them [they ALWAYS leave the green beans and the white hominy behind], they eat the more 'important' ones: carrots, corn, peas, sweet potatoes and butternut squash. These veggies, along with the leafy green [which they LOVE!], the cooked whole grains, the measured amount of seed they get for dinner and the vitamin/mineral supplement they get twice a week does the trick for mine. I will post pictures of them on my next update as I am particularly happy with the way they are doing... they all look real pretty [even though they are having a real hard molt -from the bad diet they had had in the past] and so happy! They are very active, vivacious, chattering and interacting so nicely, it's a pleasure to just stand in front of their flight cage and simply look at them!
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