Everyone knows that vegetables contain a lot of useful substances and vitamins. Remember that when caring for a budgerigar, all the vegetables that you will give your pet should be fresh, thoroughly washed under water and should not contain any toxic chemicals that are used in the process of growing these crops. Vegetables should be given either cut into pieces, or grated, separately or mixed with other products. But not all vegetables can be given to your pet.
A parrot can give:
carrot – A very valuable feed containing a lot of carotene and other useful substances. They are fed only in raw form, cut into pieces or grated and mixed with other ingredients (with boiled egg, breadcrumbs).
turnip – You can also eat parrots in food, although it is significantly inferior to carrots in terms of the content of nutrients.
pumpkin, melon – a storehouse of utilities. they have many vitamins, minerals and sugars. Raw pumpkin and melon are fed, previously cut into pieces. Pumpkin seeds are also useful, in them vitamins A, D, E, K and many trace elements, they can be given fragmented.
zucchini, squash. useful as a source of fiber and sugar.
watermelon – a low-nutritional type of feed with a mild laxative effect. Contains some fiber and sugars, as well as some vitamins. The forage and seeds are used in the feed.
cucumber – contains vitamin E and minerals, improves metabolism. It is better for these birds to give cucumbers only from their own beds, and not purchased and only fresh.
a tomato – A good type of feed containing carotene, vitamin C and B vitamins, as well as organic acids. Tomato seeds are rich in vegetable oil. up to 25%. Parrots are fed only fresh ripe fruits, since greens contain the poisonous alkaloid solanine, which is destroyed when ripe. Birds eat both pulp and tomato seeds. Like cucumbers, tomatoes also need to be taken environmentally friendly, without chemicals.
beet (dining room, sugar, feed). It contains a lot of sugar, fiber, vitamins and minerals. It can be stored for a long time and used in winter.
corn – give fresh in the phase of milk ripeness (when the grains are still soft and sweet). Corn contains a small amount of fiber and a lot of carbohydrates. In terms of protein content, it surpasses some other grain feeds. There is a lot of starch in corn and there is vitamin B.
green peas, beans. in the phase of milk ripeness, there are many in them. sugars and vitamins (give only in season and in small quantities).
cabbage – A very good vitamin feed rich in trace elements. They are fed with pieces of leaves, and thick cabbage stalks can be cut into pieces or grated, like carrots. Be careful with Chinese cabbage (Beijing salad) – only the green part of the leaf can be given to parrots, nitrates accumulate in the petiole.
spinach salad – very useful vitamin feeds containing (especially spinach) many trace elements. They are fed in small portions, since a large amount of these vegetables can cause digestive upset in the bird, especially if spinach and salad are introduced into the diet after a long break.
bell peppers. fruits are very rich in nutrients, contain vitamins A, E, C, groups B, P, many minerals (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, sodium, manganese, iodine, copper, fluorine, zinc, silicon), carbohydrates and acids. There is more vitamin C in pepper than in lemons, and the well-ripened fruits of the autumn harvest contain it more than the summer ones. Can be given with seeds.
celery – contains calcium. Only greens can be used.
But these vegetables do not give:
onion garlic – has a pungent taste and contains essential oils.
eggplant. contains solanine, the same as that found in green potato tubers.
Fruits, like vegetables, should also be given fresh, well washed under water. Some fruits are best peeled, for example, citrus fruits, bananas, kiwi, etc., since it may contain pesticides that are used to process these crops from pests. Better to give in a separate feeder.
For a parrot useful:
an Apple – A source of iron, vitamins and minerals. Apple should be part of the bird diet all year round.
pear – Pear contains a lot of fiber and almost no fat. The content of vitamins and trace elements is almost not inferior to an apple. Feed in small quantities as a treat.
citrus – contain vitamin C, tangerines are especially useful.
plum – an indispensable source of potassium and phosphorus, it has a lot of vitamins and minerals.
grape – a strong antioxidant, removes toxins from the body, it has a lot of vitamins and minerals. 3-5 berries a week will be very useful.
banana – a source of sugars and starch, give the birds peeled in small pieces, quickly spoiling the product.
peaches, apricots. in season, contain many trace elements and vitamins.
cherries. in season, there are a lot of vitamins and fructose in cherries.
berries – raspberries, currants of all kinds, wild berries, sea buckthorn, red and aronia, rosehip, strawberries, lingonberries, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, honeysuckle – you can offer parrots in season. They contain many useful substances, it is permissible to dry them and offer the birds dried or steamed.
kiwi – without skin.
a pineapple – in small quantities, in the form of goodies (only fresh and ripe).
Garnet – very useful, in it vitamins, sugars and trace elements.
But these fruits do not give:
mango, avocado, papaya, persimmon. all contain certain harmful substances for pets and can cause poisoning and intoxication of the bird’s body.
nuts – fatty and nutritious food, they should not be given to these animals every day. This can cause obesity and indigestion. It is possible only occasionally, 1-2 times a month, in the form of goodies, treat the parrot with a small piece of walnut, cashew, hazelnut or give 1-2 peeled pine nuts.
If, when keeping a budgie, you want to give it special joy and at the same time supply the body with vitamins, offer him the sprouted grain. In this state, the grains are not only soft, but also especially nutritious. This is a great food for young animals. The only drawback is that the sprouted grain is not stored for a long time; in warm weather, after a few hours it starts to sour and becomes harmful. Therefore, your pet’s feeders should be cleaned daily well. Put the grain in a sieve at the rate of one tablespoon per budgerigar and rinse it properly under running water. Place the grain sieve for about five hours in a bowl of water so that it is saturated with liquid. Then rinse thoroughly again. After that, put the sieve with the grain in an empty plate and cover it with a cloth. Rinse grains daily, at least once under running water – the higher the ambient temperature, the more often you should do this. You can offer parrot grain when it has sprouted.
When caring for a budgerigar, do not forget about minerals. Of particular importance are calcium and phosphorus. Some birds with great pleasure split pieces of limestone or shells of sepia cuttlefish. In addition, having fun, they naturally constrain their beak. It is recommended to lay a small piece of limestone in the feeder every day. Small pebbles are also necessary for your pet, it contributes to the digestion process. Therefore, birds occasionally swallow small pebbles or grains of sand, which help grind the grains in the stomach. This is due to the movements of the walls of this organ, the muscles of which are well developed among grain lovers such as budgies. You can pour small pebbles directly into the bowl. Fresh water should always be at the disposal of your birds, best of all in a special drinking bowl, where it remains clean.
Well, in conclusion, a few more words about the fact that the budgerigar is also can not be given eat:
salt. salt is poison for your pet. Do not let the bird peck the salt in its pure form. this can cause severe poisoning with subsequent death.
bread. now a good half of all bakeries produce bread from genetically modified wheat. In addition, bread products contain salt and yeast, which will not bring any benefit to your pet. Frequent eating of bread can damage the goiter in the bird or lead to inflammation of the latter. Bread can only be given in the form of crushed white crackers in an egg-carrot mixture.
milk. budgies do not have an enzyme that processes lactose, which is found in milk. As a result, the bird may have an indigestion. Also, you should not give bread soaked in milk, due to the above reasons.
chocolate. contains theobromine, which is a powerful toxin in many animals and birds. Theobromine neutralization in birds is very slow, which is why chocolate is so dangerous for them. The first signs of poisoning are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. If a parrot eats plenty of chocolate in your absence, then this can end very badly for him.
Food from our table. fried, boiled, soups, sweet flour products and the like can lead not only to obesity, but also to metabolic disorders, which will subsequently lead to many diseases of your pet and ultimately to his premature death. Do not forget that the budgerigar organism is not adapted to human food. The main feature of your bird’s digestive tract is its orientation on processing grains, and the whole metabolism of the budgerigar is built on this. Do not feed your pet from your table – this is the key to his well-being and health for many years.