A distinctive feature of birds is a high body temperature (41–42 degrees) and a quick metabolism. To maintain normal life, birds often need to eat, even a short fast can cause serious health problems or even death. therefore correct and timely feeding of the budgerigar very important for its successful content.
In nature, budgerigars feed mainly on cereal grains, therefore, when kept in captivity the basis of their diet will be a grain mixture. Typically, corn budgerigar feed consists of 65% millet (white, yellow, red), 20% oats, 10% canary seed, and about 5% other seeds (hemp, small sunflower seeds). You can also add weed seeds (collected away from roads and industrial plants) to the mixture.
However, the grain mixture is not able to fully satisfy the needs of the budgerigar in nutrients. Sources of vitamins and other beneficial substances for them will be greens, vegetables and fruits.
Parrots can be fed only fresh and high-quality vegetables and fruits. Before giving them to the bird, you need to thoroughly rinse them and cut them into pieces (carrots and other dense vegetables can also be grated).
Grass and tree branches are harvested. outside the city, away from roads and enterprises. Sprigs, before giving a parrot, are soaked for several hours in cold water, then washed under running water and scalded with boiling water. As for domestic plants, it is better to completely restrict access to them by a parrot.
but not all plant foods can be given to parrots. Let’s see which vegetables and fruits can be included in the diet of your wavy, and which are not.
Can: carrots, turnips, zucchini, squash, cucumber, tomato, beets, corn (in the phase of milk ripeness), bell pepper, pumpkin.
Can be used with caution and in small quantities.: beans and green peas (in the phase of milk ripeness), cabbage, spinach.
It is impossible: eggplant, radish, celery, onion, garlic, radish; in general, any spicy, spicy and bitter vegetables.
Can: apples, pears, tangerines (without peel), plums, banana (only pulp), most berries, pomegranates, apricots, peaches, melon.
Can be used with caution and in small quantities.: grapes, pineapple (fresh and ripe, as a treat), kiwi (peeled), watermelon.
It is impossible: papaya, mango, persimmon, avocado.
Berries, apricots, peaches should be given to parrots only during the season: those sold in supermarkets in winter contain few vitamins, but a lot of chemicals.
Can: leaf lettuce, clover, wood lice, burdock (burdock), vine, nettle leaves (scalded with boiling water first), beet and carrot tops, plantain leaves, quinoa, sprouted cereals, spring and summer willow leaves.
It is impossible: any fragrant and spicy herbs with a high content of essential oils (dill, parsley, cilantro, etc.).
Branches of bushes and trees
Can: aspen, birch, maple, linden, willow (willow), alder, chestnut, mountain ash, cherry, plum, apple tree, pear, currant, hornbeam, beech, ash, viburnum, hawthorn, hazel.
It is impossible: oak, bird cherry, lilac, coniferous branches, poplar, elderberry, acacia.
Categorically can not feed the budgie sweets, milk, most types of bread (only crushed white crackers are allowed as an additive to the nutritional mixture of carrots and eggs), any food from your table is also contraindicated in salt.
Proper nutrition is the key to your pet’s well-being, therefore, in no case do not neglect it.