- How to feed budgies
- How and how many times a day to feed
- Water as an important component of bird nutrition
- What can not feed a budgerigar
The wavy parrot is a bright and funny bird, the activity and mobility of which greatly depends on what it eats. Its owner needs to know as much as possible about the diet of the feathered pet and the mode of its feeding.
How to feed budgies
The basis of the bird’s diet is cereals, but parrots also need juicy foods: greens, vegetables and fruits. They are a source of natural vitamins necessary for development, health, well-being.
The composition of the mixture includes:
- seeds (sunflower, flax, sesame seeds, meadow cereals).
When buying, make sure that the packaging is tight and check whether the expiration date has expired: the health of the bird depends on the quality of the feed.
Germinated grains have the highest energy and biological value. They contain a large number of vitamins, fiber and minerals. Such food is especially valuable in the winter, during the absence of fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs.
You can germinate grains:
Porridge is cooked exclusively on water, without seasonings and oil. You can cook friable, you can cook until half-cooked – it depends on the product and the preferences of the feathered.
To do this, use:
- crushed wheat;
In order for the pet to receive the maximum of useful substances, several types are prepared, mixing them before serving. If food is prepared for the future, the remainder can be frozen. It should be remembered: you need to defrost in a natural way, not in the microwave. Chopped greens, fruits or berries can also be added to porridge.
Greens and twigs
Greens are harvested in ecologically clean areas. Carefully tear the grass, in small bundles, so as not to capture a poisonous plant. Before serving, you need to carefully sort it out, remove insects, wash it.
You can give these herbs:
- meadow – clover, burdock (burdock), plantain, nettle;
- cereal greens – oats, barley, wheat;
- garden greens – spinach, leafy salads, tops of carrots and beets.
Twigs are needed for a parrot to grind its beak. You can give branches of all fruit trees and shrubs with buds – provided that they do not have tar.
You can also give branches of some deciduous trees:
- linden trees;
- beech wood.
The branches are kept in water for several hours to remove insects, and then scalded with boiling water.
Fruits and berries
Fruits and berries give in small quantities, in a separate container – cleanly washed and without peel. The peel of many fruits, especially imported ones, can be processed with various substances – for example, repelling insects and rodents. For a parrot, this is poison.
You can feed the bird with such fruits and berries:
- apricot, plum, peach;
- a pineapple;
- apple and pear;
- berries – all garden and forest.
All of the above can be given both fresh and dried.
Vegetables and root vegetables, like fruits, contain many vitamins and minerals. They must be present in small quantities in the poultry diet.
You can feed:
- vegetables – zucchini, cucumber, squash, tomato, corn, bell pepper, cabbage;
- root crops – carrots, turnips, beets;
- legumes – young peas, beans of milk maturity.
Only ripe tomatoes are given, because there is too much solanine in green, which is toxic for a parrot. It is desirable to give corn milk, that is, not quite mature, not hard. Vegetables can not be cleaned from seeds, they will bring their own benefits. Cabbage stalk and root vegetables should be grated on a coarse grater or crumbled into small pieces.
Mineral nutrition and vitamin supplements
Their source is such products:
- a piece of chalk;
- crushed eggshell;
- bone flour;
- calcium gluconate and glycerophosphate;
How and how many times a day to feed
The basis of the diet is a grain mixture, its dosage for a day is two teaspoons. It is not worth it to constantly feed the bird with dry food, you need to supplement the diet with slices of fruits, vegetables, greens.
With such a mixed diet, cereals occupy half the daily menu.
Basic rules of feeding:
- Do not give the entire daily portion at once, divide it several times. The digestive system of a bird cannot remain without food for a long time.
- The food in the feeder should always be fresh, do not leave the excess for tomorrow.
- If the bird refuses the grain mixture, try changing the feed.
- A container with fresh water should always be near the feeder.
Water as an important component of bird nutrition
Birds need water to produce gastric juice and facilitate the digestion of food. She is one of the main participants in metabolic processes in the body. With a lack of water in the bird, health problems will begin, with skin and feather cover, the work of vital organs.
Without water, it is impossible to saturate tissues and organs with oxygen, maintaining a balance of salts and minerals. The birds need clean water, purified from impurities of the water supply by a filter, or children’s bottled.
You can not use mineral or sparkling water, they contain additives that are unacceptable to the bird’s body. To strengthen the immune system in the winter, pets add a couple of drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice or honey to the water.
What can not feed a budgerigar
Banned products for a parrot:
- bread (exception – crushed crackers in small quantities);
- human food (spicy, salty, fried, smoked, flour, sweet);
- fried seeds;
- spicy herbs (celery, parsley, cilantro, hyssop);
- onion and garlic;
- spicy vegetables (radish, daikon, eggplant);
- mango, persimmon, avocado, papaya.
Video: eating budgerigars Nuts – hazelnuts, walnuts or cashews – can be given in minimal doses once a month, but not more often, because it’s too fatty and heavy food for the bird’s stomach. In conclusion: remember that the beak of a parrot grows throughout its life, the bird needs to grind it.