Every budgie owner wants their pet, more commonly
known as a parakeet, to have the best life possible. A healthy diet is the best route
to keeping your budgie happy and alive. A nutritionally balanced diet will make sure
he gets the proper nutrients he needs every day. Improper feeding can lead to nutritional
imbalances and eventually illness and, in extreme cases, death. Choosing the Right Foods Try seeds. One good option to feed budgies
is seeds. However, you shouldn’t let your budgie fill up on seeds, as this can shorten
a bird’s lifespan. This is because most seed mixes do not provide sufficient nutrients
your bird needs and can cause cancer, obesity, and other health problems.
Seeds should only make up 1/6 of your budgie’s diet Use fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables
form a very important part of your budgie’s diet. Dark green or yellow vegetables should
be offered daily. Try fruits and vegetables such as apples, pumpkin, grapes, carrot, parsley,
broccoli, mango, sweet potato, squash, and spinach. Feed the fruits and vegetables to
your budgie raw, because cooking takes away vital nutrients. Provide hard boiled eggs and grated cheese.
Although this may sound unusual for a budgie, it adds a great source of protein for your
budgie. It also adds a little variety to his diet, which is always a good thing. It’s not
absolutely necessary or required for your budgie to live a happy life, but it can be
good for him. Make sure you limit these special treats,
however. You should never feed him this more than ½ tsp at a time. Feeding Your Budgie Correctly Keep it fresh and varied. Your budgie should
have many different options to eat every day. As a general guideline, feed your budgie seeds
and pellets every day. Fruits, vegetables, and soft foods should be fed to him every
second day. Egg or cheese should be feed to him once a week or once every other week. Use a suitable container. Your budgie needs
to be able to access his food whenever he needs to. A budgie can get very sick if he
goes without eating for 24 hours, so he needs to be able to access his food at all times.
The container shouldn’t be too deep so the budgie doesn’t have to dig too deep to get
to the food. It should also be in a place near his water so he can eat and drink together. Provide a cuttlebone and a mineral block.
Cuttlebones and mineral blocks are necessities for your budgie. They contain necessary minerals
and nutrients that your bird might not be getting other places. The cuttlebone should
be placed in the cage so the soft side faces the bird so he can scrape off the bone. Prevent obesity. Your budgie needs ample cage
space or room in your house to exercise. You should also pay attention to your bird’s daily
feeding habits to keep him from overeating. This can lead to obesity. An obese bird loses
its streamlined appearance and can become lethargic and suffer health problems. Balance the food. Budgies have very delicate
systems. Any changes to his food should be done gradually over a long period of time.
If you want to change his seed blends, add a little more of the new blend in each day
and take away a little more of the old blend until he has completely transitioned to the
new food. Get him to eat. Your budgie may not want to
eat, which can be due to the presentation of foods or what you are feeding him. If he
won’t eat the fresh foods, chop up the veggies and fruits and put them in an empty feed cup. Change the water daily. All birds need water
all day long in a clean water container. To keep clean and fresh, replace the water dish
every day with a fresh dish. Clean the dish with vinegar and water only. Never use soap
or chemicals to clean it. The vinegar will help prevent any bacteria from building up
in the dish.