Most owners of parrots prefer purchased food. They definitely have not added anything that cannot be used to feed budgies. Good food should be sealed. If you notice pests, mold or an unpleasant odor in the package, you cannot feed such a budgie grain. In addition to millet, other types of seeds are included in the food of parrots. It is logical to assume that the bird can be given pumpkin and sunflower seeds, but not fried. Roasted seeds are poisonous to parrots.
From a human point of view, eating one grain is quite boring, and you want to please your pet with something tasty. Remember: food from the master’s table is not the best treat for a parrot. In no case should a bird be given anything greasy or fried. In addition, any human food contains salt. Parrot salt is contraindicated. For the same reason, you can’t feed the budgerigar with bread; it contains yeast in addition to salt.
Parrots are also not allowed to milk, chocolate and alcohol. Occasionally, you can treat a bird with a piece of walnut or a couple of pine nuts. But more than once a month, this is not worth it. Nuts are too greasy food for birds.
Vegetables and fruits
To diversify the diet of a parrot with health benefits, you can use raw vegetables. Juicy feed should be 30% of the poultry diet. Fresh and ripe vegetables are very useful for a parrot, especially carrots, turnips, pumpkin, melon, bell pepper and seeds. Only clean finely chopped fruits should be given. In no case should you feed budgies to spoiled vegetables and fruits with a high nitrate content. The best delicacy for a parrot will be vegetables from their own garden plot.
A budgie cannot be fed green tomatoes, but ripe tomatoes on the contrary are very healthy. Do not give the budgie vegetables with a spicy taste: radish, radish, daikon, celery, onions, garlic and others. Eggplant and potatoes are also prohibited, and in the place with them are mango, papaya, avocado, persimmon. Surprisingly, exotic fruits for parrots are poisonous.
Grass and trees
Grasses and twigs of plants must be present in the budgerigar menu. But the high content of essential oils for birds is harmful. Keep dill, parsley, basil, hyssop, cilantro and other herbs. Offer the budgie clover, burdock, knotweed, leafy lettuce, carrot and beet tops, and leaf spinach.
In the summer, tree branches can be an indispensable source of vitamins for parrots. But do not rush to carry the bird cherry, oak, poplar, lilac, acacia. These trees contain toxic substances. It is better if it is birch, aspen, linden, currant, viburnum, mountain ash, raspberry, chestnut.
In winter, indoor plants can save your parrot from vitamin deficiency. But you should not let the bird fly and peck the flowers, if among them there are potentially poisonous. For example, chlorophytum, philodendron, euphorbia, dieffenbachia, hyacinths, ivy, heather, azalea, fern for parrots are dangerous.
Remember that budgies, in spite of all their quick wits, cannot correctly assess which food is safe for them. You can teach a bird to drink beer and eat salted crackers, but such a diet will be detrimental to the health of your pet.