Budgerigars living in nature feed on the seeds of various herbs and cereals, buds and young branches of trees, fruits, and can even eat insects. In captivity, their main food sources are millet seeds, oats, and canary seeds. In addition, flax seeds, sesame seeds, meadow grass seeds and sunflower seeds can be included in the feed. However, it should be remembered that the seeds should only be raw, not fried, because feeding with fried seeds can lead to sad consequences for the parrot.
What can you feed a budgerigar?
In pet stores, you can find grain food for parrots produced by various companies. When choosing food, you need to pay attention to whether it contains mold, an unpleasant odor or dirt. This food is not suitable for feeding parrots. It is better if the food is packed in sealed plastic packaging: in a regular cardboard package, the food may deteriorate due to improper storage and transportation conditions, various insects can penetrate into it. One parrot can eat about two teaspoons a day of this grain mixture.
However, only grain feed is not enough for the full nutrition of your pet. What else do you need to feed a parrot? Thoroughly washed and grated carrots, turnips, pumpkins, melons, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes and other vegetables are very useful. But what you can not feed budgerigars is celery, radish, eggplant, spicy and spicy vegetables.
Fruits, before giving to the parrot, should be washed and cut into pieces. Parrots love apple, pear, plum, banana, peach, pomegranate and others. You can not give them mangoes, persimmons, avocados, which can cause intoxication in the body of a small bird. With caution, you can occasionally treat your pet to a piece of walnut, hazelnut or cashew.
Greens should be present in the diet of the budgerigar every day. The grass must be washed well and carefully monitored so that no poisonous one is caught among it. With pleasure parrots eat clover, burdock, knotweed, plantain, meadow grasses and many others. But you should not give them spicy and fragrant herbs.
The favorite pastime of budgerigars is to nibble on something. Therefore, give them tree branches previously scalded with boiling water. Birds will knead their paws on them and feast on the kidneys. Branches of birch, aspen, linden, maple and many others are suitable for these purposes. You can not give parrots branches of coniferous trees, oak, bird cherry, acacia. In addition, it is useful to give parrots a variety of protein foods: boiled chicken egg, cottage cheese, fish oil.
What can not be fed budgerigars?
But what absolutely can not be fed budgerigars:
- food from the master’s table.
Sometimes it happens that the chick is left without parents. What to feed in this case, the budgerigar chick? You can try to feed him artificially. To do this, in the first seven days of life, the chick should be fed dairy-free baby food. The mixture is diluted to the state of liquid puree, where 1-2 drops of apple or carrot juice are added. Then, drop by drop, pour this mixture into the side of the chick’s beak. For one feeding, you can feed no more than 2 ml of this mixture. You need to feed the chick in this way every one and a half to two hours (including at night). At first, he may refuse such food, but then he will begin to eat anyway.
After the chick is a week old, night feedings should be canceled. For two-week-old parrots, you can add liquid millet porridge, a little boiled egg, half a tablet of calcium gluconate to the mixture. After another week, you can add a grated apple, carrot or beetroot, and cook the porridge thicker and thicker.
From about the twentieth day, they begin to teach the chick to eat from a spoon, pushing it between the net. A monthly chick can already be gradually transferred to grain mixtures.
Feed your budgerigar the right food, take care of it, and it will never have health problems.