Budgerigars are perhaps the most popular among fans of keeping decorative birds at home. They are small, so they require a little space and food, and they cool the interior of the apartment. Budgerigars cheerfully tweet and are able to imitate human speech, raising the mood of their master. For their maintenance, an ordinary medium-sized bird cage is suitable. The greatest interest among beginner "parrot breeders" is the question – what do budgerigars eat? Let’s try to give the most complete answer to it.
Parrot diet in the wild
At home, in Australia, budgies are very diverse. They eat seeds of various plants, herbs, fruits, and in small quantities – and insects. The basis of their diet are cereals as the most nutritious plant food. It is clear that when kept in captivity, the diet of birds should be well balanced, since in the cage they cannot independently choose what to eat.
In Australia, budgies can eat grains of any degree of ripeness. They eat the buds and young shoots of plants, and if a slow insect turns up, they will also swallow it. Nimble birds often make “fishing expeditions” to orchards, terrifying local farmers. Cereal crops are also given, because budgies prefer not to search for wild cereals in the forests, but to take “a lot at once” from cultivated fields.
How much does a budgie
Budgerigars are small – the body length of an adult is in the range of 17-20 centimeters. And only record, exhibition specimens grow to 23 centimeters. It is clear that with such sizes of feed they do not need very much. How much does a budgie eat and how to calculate its daily diet? It should be borne in mind that this is, first of all, a grain-eating bird, which, however, can gladly eat other food.
Budgies, in addition to grain, can be fed:
Do not give sharp or spicy vegetables:
In addition, it is not recommended to add vegetables containing essential oils or solanine to the diet. These are celery, eggplant, green potatoes and some others. The daily ration of an adult budgerigar is two teaspoons of a grain mixture made up of two to three types of cereals, the combinations of which must be changed periodically. Food should be added to the feeder daily, removing accumulated husks and debris.
This is, first of all, apples, pears, plums or strawberries. Even if you do not grow them on a personal plot, then this is done by your friends or neighbors, from whom you can buy these fruits at a very affordable price. In addition, it is worth remembering that they like to eat budgies and some other fruits. These are peaches, kiwi, mangoes, citrus fruits and other fruits. Although they are more expensive than those grown in the neighborhood, they are quite accessible to anyone, since they are needed in very small quantities. For feeding, fruits are best cut into thin and narrow plates and put in a feeder. When you offer the budgerigars for the first time, they can be wary of treats, but later, when they get used to it, they will perceive the addition to the usual grain diet with great joy.