Budgerigars living in nature feed on seeds of various herbs and cereals, buds and young branches of trees, fruits, and can even eat insects. In captivity, the main source of their nutrition is the seeds of millet, oats and canary seed. In addition, flax seed, sesame seeds, meadow grass seeds and sunflower seeds can be included in the feed. However, it should be remembered that the seeds should only be raw, not fried because feeding fried seeds can lead to sad consequences for the parrot.
How can I feed a budgie?
However, only grain feed is not enough for a complete nutrition of your pet. What else do you need to feed the parrot? Carrots, turnips, pumpkin, melon, zucchini, cucumber, tomato and other vegetables that are thoroughly washed and grated are very useful. But what you can’t feed budgies is celery, radish, eggplant, spicy and spicy vegetables.
Fruits should be washed and cut into pieces before giving the parrot. Parrots like apple, pear, plum, banana, peach, pomegranate and others. You can not give them mango, persimmon, avocado, which can cause intoxication of the body of a small bird. With caution, occasionally you can treat your pet with a piece of walnut, hazelnut or cashew.
Greens should be present in the budgerigar’s diet every day. The grass must be washed well and carefully monitored so that poisonous grass is not caught among it. With pleasure parrots eat clover, burdock, knotweed, plantain, meadow grass and many others. But you should not give them spicy and fragrant herbs.
A favorite thing for budgies is to chew on something. Therefore, give them tree branches previously scalded with boiling water. Birds will stretch their legs on them and feast on the kidneys. The branches of birch, aspen, linden, maple and many others are suitable for these purposes. You can not give budgerigars branches of conifers, oak, bird cherry, acacia. In addition, it is useful to give parrots a variety of protein foods: boiled chicken egg, cottage cheese, fish oil.
What can not feed budgies?
But what categorically can not feed budgies:
Sometimes it happens that the chick is left without parents. What to feed in this case, the budgerigar chick? You can try to feed him artificially. To do this, in the first seven days of life, the chick should be fed with dairy-free baby food. The mixture is diluted to the state of liquid puree, where 1-2 drops of apple or carrot juice are added. Then, drop by drop, pour this mixture into the side of the chick’s beak. For one feeding, you can feed no more than 2 ml of such a mixture. It is necessary to feed the chick in this way every one and a half to two hours (including at night). At first, he may refuse such a meal, but then he will start eating anyway.
After the chick turns a week, night feedings must be canceled. For two-week-old parrots, you can add liquid millet porridge, a little boiled egg, half a tablet of calcium gluconate to the mixture. After another week, you can add grated apple, carrot or beets, and cook the porridge thicker and thicker.
Approximately from the twentieth day, they begin to teach the chick to eat from a spoon, poking it between the nets. And the monthly chick can already be gradually transferred to cereal mixtures.
Feed your budgie the right food, take care of him, and he will never have health problems.