- Which plants can be introduced into the diet of a parrot?
- What grass should not be in the diet of a budgerigar?
- Learning to collect and store grass
The diet of the budgerigar must contain all the necessary vitamins and minerals, otherwise the bird will not fully develop and grow, which causes frequent illnesses and a poor mood of the pet.
A balanced diet for budgies means not only grain and vitamin-mineral mixtures, but also plant food, based on all kinds of greens, including grass. However, not every owner knows what grass and plants can be given to budgies, so that their body is saturated with all the necessary useful substances.
Which plants can be introduced into the diet of a parrot?
Green food is a vital component of a balanced diet of any bird, including a budgerigar. What kind of grass can be given to feathered pets?
A little lower we gave a list of varieties of grass that can and should be given to a winged friend. However, this is not all types of green food, which are introduced in the budgerigar menu. Here you can find the most popular and common types of grass that you can feed your winged pet.
So, you can give parrots:
- Barley grass is a great option for green feeding for a feathered pet.
The grass of this cereal plant contains potassium and silicon, which are so necessary for a budgie to maintain the health of feathers and skin integuments.
- Chicory herb is a full-fledged source of potassium, necessary for the development and maintenance of the full functioning of the nervous and cardiovascular system.
Sulfur and calcium are also present in green chicory.
- Mokritsa is a good option for a variety of budgies.
In the leaves of this plant there are all the necessary useful substances to strengthen the skin and improve the process of hematopoiesis.
- Dandelion greens – a useful, and at the same time affordable type of green food.
In the dandelion grass there are many trace elements that have a beneficial effect on the development and growth of the bird. Budgerigars are very fond of eating the greens of this plant, so it is recommended to feed it to your pet as soon as it appears on the fields and lawns.
- Parsley – contains a huge amount of nutrients.
Several years ago, this type of greenery was considered harmful to budgies, but thanks to research, scientists were able to prove the fact that only the root of this plant can harm the health of the bird, while the green itself is only beneficial for a feathered pet. It contains beta-carotene, vitamins B1, B2, ascorbic acid, iron, a considerable amount of antioxidants, amino acids. Therefore, it is possible and even necessary to give a parsley to a budgie, but not in large quantities.
- Sprouted wheat – prevents the absorption of carcinogens by the body of the bird.
Due to its unique composition, wheat sprouts are able to renew and saturate the blood of a feathered pet with all the useful elements necessary for a full existence. If you periodically feed the budgie with grass of wheat, then no anemia, toxicosis, skin diseases and worms will not be scary for him. Sprouted wheat neutralizes the detrimental effect of oxalic acid on the body of a bird, so if your pernate has eaten, for example, sorrel, spinach, etc., then you already know how to help a winged friend.
- Plantain – is a great medicinal plant species.
Using this herb, you can remove all kinds of inflammatory processes and saturate the body of the wavy with useful substances that will protect it from all kinds of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Clover – has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, hemostatic effect.
The leaves of this plant contain carotene, salicylic acid, flavonoids, phytoestrogens, essential and fatty oils, proteins, fats, fiber and many other useful substances, elements that contribute to the active development of the parrot and protect it from all kinds of diseases.
- Coltsfoot – a storehouse of vitamins and minerals, which protect the respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular system and organs of the gastrointestinal tract from various diseases.
Budgerigars with a great desire to eat this type of green food, so try whenever you can not refuse them this pleasure.
- Chicken millet (bramble) – contains a lot of trace elements and vitamins.
Iron, fluorine, vitamins B1, B2, B9, PP, A, phosphorus, potassium – and this is not the whole list of useful substances that are contained in the processes of chicken millet. Parrots are very fond of eating this type of green food, so you can feed them your feathered pet at least every day, limiting the size of the portion to a small handful.
What grass should not be in the diet of a budgerigar?
Despite the fact that you can feed a parrot with many types of grass, there are those types of green food that are unacceptable in the wavy menu.
What grass can not feed budgies:
Indoor plants that contain toxic substances are also considered unprofitable and even dangerous for the health of budgies.
Therefore, if you want to treat a parrot with this type of grass, it is best to start with a small portion, observing the state and behavior of the winged pet.
Learning to collect and store grass
To know what types of grass plants can be introduced into the diet of budgies is not quite enough to provide your pet with good nutrition. You need to know the rules for collecting grass and its storage.
And in order not to harm the wavy, experienced ornithologists recommend adhering to a few tips:
- Recommendation No. 1.
Collect grass that grows not near highways and railways, but on distant forest plantations, fields and meadows.
- Recommendation No. 2.
It is best to feed the wavy with young grass, which has a delicate structure and a mild taste.
- Recommendation No. 3.
Do not feed the parrot one type of green food, diversify its diet.
- Recommendation No. 4.
Before giving the parrot grass, gently rinse it under a thin stream of water, cleaning it of dirt.
- Recommendation No. 5.
You need to store the collected grass in the refrigerator, after wrapping it in a moistened paper towel and putting it in a food container.
We sincerely wish you and your pets a good mood and good health!