What kind of food should you give your budgie? What foods should you NOT give your budgie?
Keeping your budgie healthy and giving it a long life means giving it the right kinds of foods - as well as not giving it the WRONG kinds of foods! So what are the best things to give your budgie? What foods should you avoid giving it?
Good Foods for your budgie
In general, you want to feed your budgie a mixture of seeds, pellets, vegetables and fruits. Pellets and seeds should make up the bulk of their diet, and you should make sure these are high quality.
Pellets should have low fat content, with medium protein content. Choose a brand that does not contain any preservatives, artificial flavoring, or artificial coloring.
Seeds should be spouted as opposed to dry, as the sprouted varieties have more nutrients.
Your seeds should be all one size, not the packets that come with varieties of sizes, as your budgie will pick out the ones it likes and pass over the rest.
Also make sure not to mix the seeds and pellets together, as your budgie will simply not eat the pellets at all and focus on the seeds.
Once you've got pellets and seeds, which form the base of your budgie's diet, you can include fruits and vegetables as well.
Apples and pears that have been sliced thin make good snacks that your budgie will love.
Broccoli, leafy greens, corn and carrots are good vegetable additions to your budgie's diet.
Things NOT to give your budgie:
Chocolate is toxic to birds, and can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even death.
Avocados can cause your budgie to have heart failure. Do not feed your budgie avocado.
Eggplants have compounds that are toxic to birds.
Grapefruit, lemons, plums and mushrooms are not digestable by birds. You should avoid feeding your budgie these as well.