The most important question for all fans of winged pets: what to feed the budgerigar. Good nutrition is the key to the health and longevity of the bird. You need to study all the information before buying a chick.
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The main task of the owner is to choose food that the parrot will like. When the pichugas live in a couple, one can observe how the male feeds the female with the most delicious tidbits. There are several points to consider when buying a grain mixture:
- Unpleasant odor, debris, dirt, mold in the feed are unacceptable. Each pack is checked for shelf life and packaging integrity.
- Most preferred are mixtures in sealed containers that are stored without access to air. Rotten seeds and insects are less common in them.
- You can feed budgies after they have eaten the previous portion completely. The male should not be allowed to choose only delicious ingredients, leaving the chicks the rest. For a medium-sized bird, daily feeding is a serving of 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture.
- The mass of millet should be at least half the daily diet of young budgies.
Selection of feed usually does not take much time. The mixture is worth buying, which feathered eats with appetite. Caring for a bird will be a joy if feeding becomes not only useful, but also tasty.
Even the best dry food does not provide proper nutrition for the budgerigar, especially chicks. In order for the growing body to develop correctly, additives from fruits, vegetables and fresh herbs are needed.
Any fresh vegetable is a storehouse of vitamins and other valuable substances. But before giving your pet a piece of sweet carrot, make sure that it is thoroughly washed. It is good if the root crops are from their own beds, which were not treated with any chemicals. Feeding a young budgerigar may include several vegetables:
- carrots, turnips, beets will appeal to the bird. Root vegetables are grated and served in a mixture with crackers or egg yolk. Boiled eggs are necessary if the male lives in the cage. You can also feed the female hatching chicks with yolk. Carrots can be given as much as the pet wants;
- pumpkin, zucchini, squash, melon are a source of fiber and carbohydrates. Seeds are especially useful, they contain many vitamins. Large seeds are pre-crushed so that the budgerigar does not choke. It is possible to feed watermelon, but there is practically no nutritional value in it, and on some individuals its pulp has a laxative effect;
- Tomatoes and cucumbers are also served fresh directly with the seeds. Tomatoes must be ripe, green fruits contain toxic substances;
- corn, beans, green peas. You can feed the female and budgerigar seeds with seeds in the initial stage of maturation (dairy). Such grains are very soft, sweet and contain many useful substances. But with peas it is worth being careful. In large quantities, it causes indigestion;
- white cabbage gives the budgie important trace elements. You can feed the bird with leaves and cobs. For convenience, it is finely cut;
- spinach and various varieties of lettuce are consumed fresh in small quantities. A properly selected portion will not interfere with the intestines of Pichuga;
- sweet bell pepper. It is rich in vitamins and minerals. Pepper is superior to citrus in vitamin C content.
Feeding a parrot with vegetables is fraught with its dangers. There are plants that can never be given to a bird:
- radish, radish (too spicy and bitter taste);
- eggplant (contains substances harmful to the budgerigar);
- garlic and onions.
Care for a budgie should include regular feeding of fresh fruits. Australian forests – the birthplace of this bird species – are rich in juicy and ripe fruits.
You can feed a young parrot:
- apples and pears. Ripe and well-washed fruits can feed the female and chicks year-round. But the male will not refuse such a treat;
- oranges and tangerines. It is correct to give them not just cut into small pieces, but also peeled;
- grapes. Norma – one berry every two days;
- bananas. This sweet fruit is considered a real delicacy for parrots. In addition to a pleasant taste, he gives the pet starch and sugar. A banana spoils quickly, so it is best to give it in small portions without a peel. As soon as the bird is full, the remnants of the fruit are removed from the feeder;
- plums, cherries, cherries;
- apricots and peaches;
- various berries. Blueberries, strawberries, mountain ash, rose hips and other delicious berries can be given fresh or dried. Budgerigars eat them with pleasure;
- pomegranate seeds;
- peeled kiwi;
- pineapple, but quite a bit.
You can’t feed the avocado, persimmon, mango and papaya the budgerigar – all these fruits are dangerous to the health of the feathered pet.
It is also not recommended to abuse nuts. In nature, birds enjoy eating them, but domestic birds have a completely different lifestyle, and they do not need such an amount of fat. You can treat budgerigars with a nut, but not often, so as not to cause obesity.
Fresh grass is one of the most valuable foods that birds can feed. Greens should be present in the feeder daily and, if possible, be freshly picked. A few recommendations:
- Do not tear the grass in heaps in your yard. Among the plants caught may be poisonous;
- any weed must be thoroughly washed. It is unlikely that you will go out of town to pick flowers for a pet, and in settlements grass and leaves are always covered with toxic exhausts;
- in autumn, it is better to refrain from collecting some herbs and leaves. By winter, green parts of plants already accumulate toxins. At this time of the year it is right to treat the parrot with cereal seeds;
- weed and ears should not be chopped. They are collected in small bundles and suspended in a cage. Birds really like to pick out the seeds themselves.
When picking grass, you must be careful. Such plants will be useful:
- plantain with seeds;
- dandelion: flowers, leaves and seeds are edible;
- highlander bird;
- wood lice
- clover of any color;
- blooming Sally;
- wheat grass, hedgehog team, foxtail, timothy – these are weeds that are likely to be found in the country and in the garden;
- succession, cuff – medicinal plants with a mass of useful properties;
- nettle. Parrots with pleasure peck seeds and even young leaves, previously scalded with boiling water.
Some breeders feed wavy pets with leaves of indoor plants: chlorophytum, Kalanchoe, tradescantia, etc. Such food will be appropriate in the winter, when the menu of the budgie does not please with variety.
You can not give the bird only spices and strongly odorous plants, no matter how delicious they may seem. Under the ban dill, cilantro, parsley.
Twigs and buds
A favorite pastime of budgies in the world is to nibble on something. Usually these are bars of cages, poles, wires, corners of wooden furniture. But it’s much more pleasant and useful to gnaw on fresh branches of trees. Birds especially like to peck soft bark and kidneys. Of course, do not tear branches near the roadway. It is better to go after them to the park or out of town (ideal).
Before placing such a treat in a cage, it is soaked in cold water for several hours. After that, they are washed with hot water and doused with boiling water. Such strict precautions will protect the pet not only from dust and dirt, but also from pathogens. After all, any sick wild bird could sit on any branch. Caution: Do not use soap and other detergents. Surfactants are absorbed into the cortex and are not washed away from there. It is dangerous to the health of a feathered friend.
You can give the pichu branches of deciduous trees: linden, aspen, maple, mountain ash, alder, birch, viburnum, apple tree, cherry, berry and fruit bushes.
Treats with conifers (they contain a lot of harmful tar), oak, lilac, bird cherry, poplar, acacia (poison) are not recommended.
Good parrot care is the daily preparation of delicious cereals. If from childhood you accustom wavy chicks to such food, then later they will joyfully peck buckwheat, corn, rice, wheat, oatmeal and any other porridge. Do not use salt, milk, sugar, butter or other additives. The dish should consist only of cereals and water. And salt is generally deadly for budgies.
As for cooking. Do not long and hard to cook cereals. It is enough to fill it with boiling water and let it be drunk for several hours. If there is no way to wait, you can cook the treat until half-ready. Porridge in the human sense is unsuitable for feeding birds. Sticky lumps will get stuck in the beak and create discomfort to the pet. To improve the taste, you can add finely chopped greens or fruits to the cup.
Another option. In one day, cook several types of cereals, mix them, creating a multi-grain treat, divide into portions and freeze. Every day, you can get a new portion of food from the freezer and add fresh vegetables or fruits to it. But you have to defrost food in a natural way. When heated in the microwave, porridge loses its friability.
Having a great desire to treat a pet, the owners give him chocolate, sausage and other pieces from the table. This causes irreparable harm to the health of the budgie. His body is simply not able to absorb such food. You should also not try to feed him milk or a bun – this will not lead to anything good.
If pernatics’ health is really important, you need to listen to the advice of veterinarians and experienced breeders. The reward will be joy, health and always the good mood of a small tweeting pet.