Australia is the birthplace of a charming little bird, the budgerigar. So that in captivity the downy lump will please you with health, it is important to choose the right food for it.
The main food of the birds is seeds and grains. It is even better to feed parrots with a grain mixture of flax, sunflower and oats. But you can not give fried seeds. They are deadly for pets.
If you do not have time to cook your own food and the ratios are unknown, you can purchase the finished mixture. It already has everything necessary for the health of the pet.
However, it is necessary to check the integrity of the packaging and the quality of the product in it. If there is mold or an unpleasant odor is heard, the purchase should be discarded. This is poison for a parrot, not food!
A pet can be given no more than a couple teaspoons of food per day.
- Budgerigars are prone to overeating, so once a week they arrange fasting days.
- Feed the birds with a variety of delicacies, too, should not: they begin to pick and choose.
You can not limit the diet of parrots with only one mixture. In addition to them, additives from fresh vegetables are needed. Before feeding the bird with such food, it is important to thoroughly rinse the fruit.
You can not give downy lumps all vegetables. Valuable food is carrots. It is very useful for budgies. Raw, finely grated root vegetables are mixed with food. Carrots are mixed with breadcrumbs or boiled eggs.
- You can finely chop raw pumpkin seeds.
- Love birds melon and pumpkin pulp.
But parrots should be treated with watermelon with caution. Cleaning, of course, will not be superfluous, but one should not get carried away without measure with such feeds.
Tomatoes parrots need only fully ripened. Unripe fruits are unsafe due to the alkaloid in the composition. And there are no recommendations for beets. This root crop is rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. And it’s easy to store beets. You can stock up on similar feeds for the future.
Corn is selected for milk ripeness, with tender and soft grains. It is important to choose beans with green peas for food only with grains of milk ripeness and very soft.
It is very good to enrich the poultry diet with cabbage. Small leaves are permissible not to cut. And the stump should be cut as small as possible.
In small portions salad leaves and spinach are added to the feed so as not to provoke an upset stomach. Bell pepper is cut into small pieces with seeds and fed to budgies.
There are vegetables and fruits that are contraindicated for pets. Experts do not recommend giving radishes, celery, garlic, onions and aromatic greens to home parrots. They contain too many essential oils. And the taste of such food is too harsh. Eggplants do not give budgies because of the alkaloid in the composition.
Lovely pet birds feed fresh fruit. Be sure to rinse them under running water.
- Fruits that are well ripened, with no signs of spoilage, are selected.
- Apples in the diet should be year-round. You can not be afraid of an overdose: it is difficult to do.
But before you feed the wavy pet with an apple, the fetus is peeled. But too generous portions of pears will not bring any benefit.
Oranges with tangerines – for parrots, a treat is healthy and tasty. It is good to feed the birds with grapes, provided 5-7 berries per day. For a small bird, one grape with food seems like a whole watermelon.
Pets will also like banana. But it is only important to peel the fruit. Peaches and apricots are very tasty and healthy. The birds love cherries, cherries, wild rose, currants. Parrots eat raspberries, blueberries and honeysuckles in dried and fresh form.
Before adding kiwi to the food, remove the skin from the fruit. Pineapples give little by little and only fresh. Canned fruits are not suitable for birds.
Categorically contraindicated for parrots avocados, persimmons and mangoes. These "goodies" birds can be poisoned. You can not give too many nuts because of their fat content. Norm per month – 2 pieces of walnut.
Greens and branches
Enrich the diet of a budgie with greens every day. Outside the city, you can pick grass away from the roads. Clovers, scalded young nettles, grape leaves, carrot and beet tops, plantain, young shoots of trees, green buds and leaves are suitable for food.
Parrots like to chew on something. So that they do not have to be content with wallpaper or baseboards, it is important to offer them finely chopped twigs. But before giving them to the pet, the branches are placed for 5 hours in cold water, then scalded with boiling water to rid the home feed of dangerous insects.
Budgerigars will like pear, currant, and cherry branches. It is important to ensure that no pieces of wood tar remain. The branches of linden, mountain ash, chestnut, viburnum and hawthorn are suitable for parrots.
But it is impossible to give poplar, lilac, oak branches, acacia or coniferous as feed. And among domestic plants for budgies there are dangerous ones. So you have to remove dieffenbachia, chlorophytum, azalea to an inaccessible place. In addition to them, fern, aronnik, heather, digitalis and tobacco are dangerous.
There will be no harm if the bird tastes the tradescantia, fat girl or roses. It’s not scary if you bite a little aloe or a chrysanthemum with bamboo.
It is useful to enrich the budgerigar feed with mineral supplements. Small pebbles and sand will help digest food. But it is advisable to give special sand, and not add street food to food, to exclude the content of parasites and harmful bacteria in it.
Chalk is added to the feed of parrots. You can attach small pebbles of special chalk to the bars of the cage. Construction does not fit.
It is very good to boil the shell, dry it and grind into powder. Get a great mineral homemade dressing. Charcoal or bone meal is good to add to shells and sand to remove poisons from the body.
There are also requirements for water. The budgerigar fluid should always be fresh. It is optimal to give the bird small portions of water, constantly replacing it. The temperature of the liquid will have to be measured. The ideal indicator is 15 degrees.
It is recommended to wash the car drink daily. It is not necessary to give the birds water from the tap, but bottled liquid for children or filtered water. You can offer parrots a mixture of 100 ml of water and a couple of drops of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar for the prevention of megabacteriosis.
Useful for cleaning the stomach of a parrot and honey. A few drops – and the bird’s stomach is empty. Enrich the feed with protein feed and sprouted grains. Recommended and fish oil, and low-fat fresh crumbly cottage cheese.
Daily feeding of birds with boiled gruel is only good for them. But although buckwheat, soy, corn grits, pearl barley, millet and rice are acceptable as feed, they only cook porridge in water, without sugar, butter, salt and other seasonings.
For newborn budgies, you need liquid, wheat, and semolina cereals, provided you add a minimum amount of sugar, a little crushed shell and a drop of fish oil to a teaspoon of food.
Children will have to be fed from a syringe. For one bird – 3-5 ml per feeding. Liquid porridge contains enough water.
Bird Feeding Guidelines
Salt is contraindicated to wavy birds. Its small portions are fatal. And to eat bread alone – not for budgies. It is permissible to eat only white crackers, in crushed form, added to finely grated vegetables. And milk will harm the delicate stomach of the budgerigar. But fruit and vegetable juices with food are useful.
- Chocolate is poison for birds.
- You can not give them neither fried nor smoked.
- Sudden changes in the diet – and the bird is sick.
- In food, budgies are conservative, and diversifying the food is important gradually.
- Autumn and spring are shedding times. During these periods, vitamin complexes are needed. The proportion of fruits in the diet can be increased.
- Feed the birds several times a day. Appetite increases with a cool temperature and a long day. The more active the bird, the more it needs feed.
If you correctly approach the preparation of the ration for the budgerigar, then for a long time he will be cheerful, cheerful and grateful for the care of him.