In order for the budgerigar to be healthy and cheerful, you need to not only follow the rules of keeping and caring for the bird, but also choose a proper diet. In the natural environment, parrots eat greens, seeds of flowers, herbs, grains, do not disdain small insects and juicy berries. What to feed budgies living at home? – let’s figure it out.
Feed and Grain Blends
You can also give pets seeds of sesame seeds, meadow herbs, flax, Abyssinian nougat, hemp seed, raw sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Nuts can often not be given to a bird – they are too fat, every two or three weeks you can give a piece of hazelnut, walnut or cashew.
How can I feed a parrot, except for food?
Vegetables This is a storehouse of vitamins and minerals essential for bird health. All vegetables should be fresh, thoroughly washed, if possible not treated with chemicals.
In addition to food, a budgie can be given:
- Carrots – it is finely chopped or triturated, given only raw, can be mixed with food, crackers, boiled eggs;
- Pumpkin and turnip – you need to cut into small pieces, they have a lot of sugars, trace elements and vitamins;
- Squash, squash – they contain sugar and fiber;
- Cucumbers – a source of vitamin E and trace elements, improves digestion;
- Tomatoes – they contain carotene, vitamins B and C, acids, vegetable oils. A parrot can only give ripe fruits;
- Dairy corn – it contains protein, starch, carbohydrates, fiber;
- Beetroot – perfect for winter feeding, contains fiber, vitamins, sugar;
- Cabbage – you can grate the cob and finely chop the leaves, but Beijing cabbage gives only the upper part of the leaf;
- Bell pepper – it contains a lot of vitamins, acids, carbohydrates and minerals.
You can also give milk beans, green peas, lettuce, spinach, little watermelon and melon. You can not give eggplant, potatoes, radishes, garlic, onions, spicy vegetables.
Fruits They must be washed and peeled, put in a separate feeder. You can give pears, apples, tangerines, kiwi, grapes, plums, bananas, apricots, cherries, cherries, peaches, a little pineapple, pomegranate. Berries are also useful (they can be dried and given to parrots in winter) – blueberries, cranberries, mountain ash, lingonberries, strawberries, wild berries, sea buckthorn and others. You can not give persimmons, avocados, mangoes, papaya – they contain substances that are not perceived by the body of a parrot.
Greenery. Grass needs to be torn out of town, it must be fresh, washed under running water. You can give leaves of plantain, vine, lettuce, nettle (they are scalded with boiling water), quinoa, spinach, oats, wheat, knotweed.
It is impossible give spices and fragrant herbs – celery, parsley, dill, cilantro and others.
Tree branches Parrots sharpen their beak about them, gnaw the kidneys and bark. Freshly picked branches can not be given immediately: they are soaked for 5-7 hours in cold water, and then poured with boiling water. You can give branches of fruit trees (but without tar), alder, mountain ash, chestnut, willow, aspen, linden, birch, currant, hawthorn, mountain ash, viburnum, beech and others.
Conifers give very rarely, mainly in winter, because they contain tar. Also, do not give branches of lilac, oak, bird cherry, elderberry, acacia. Many breeders also give leaves of some houseplants: hibiscus, aloe, bamboo, kalanchoe, dracaena, tradescantia, crassulaceae, and others.
Mineral components and vitamins This group includes:
You can also give the parrot germinated grains, cottage cheese, chicken eggs, fish oil, flour worms.
From cereals, buckwheat, rice, peas, beans, corn, barley, pearl barley, oat, and wheat groats can be recommended. Do not add salt, butter, sugar, milk or seasonings to cereals. Also, the bird should always have standing water (change once a day).