Feeding your pet

Budgie food Wild budgies enjoy a mixed diet of grasses and seeds and like all pets your budgie will be grateful if its diet is varied and well balanced.

Many owners will agree that a commercial budgie mix supplemented with green food will keep your budgies plumage glowing and keep your bird bright and energetic. A spray of millet is partly food and partly fun for a budgie and they will amuse themselves for hours feeding off it.

Green food should be supplied regularly as it contains many of the vitamins necessary for your pets health. All green food given to your pet should be as fresh as possible as food that is withered or weather damaged may cause digestive problems. Some fine examples of food your budgie will love is spinach, lettuce, silver beet, cabbage and most other green leafy vegetables. During the research for this site I found reference to a breeder that places a sod of grass, roots and all, in with his birds and reports that they absolutely love it, first eating the grass and then ripping the roots to shreds. Some fruits are also a welcome treat however in some instances Ive had mixed results. I have a bird that absolutely adores strawberries and will fall onto one with gusto while its mate will watch the strawberry suspiciously from the other side of the cage and will not approach it under any circumstances. If your bird elects not to eat a particular piece of fruit or vegetable it should be removed from the cage rather than being allowed to rot.

Budgies have an additional requirement in that their beaks continue to grow and require maintenance. A piece of cuttlefish (preferred), hard chalk or even plaster of paris in the cage will allow the birds opportunity to maintain their beak themselves and they often will spend hours nibbling away at it. I pleased to add that as my birds are constantly supplied with cuttlefish I have never had to trim a beak myself. If it becomes apparent that trimming a beak is necessary I strongly urge that this is carried out by a vet or similar professional. If the beak is overgrown it will prevent the bird from feeding properly and may result in its death.