A Delicious Diet (For Optimal Budgie Health!)

Just as pet cats and dogs are only meant to eat certain foods as part of a healthy diet, your pet budgie has its own dietary needs to consider. But what constitutes a healthy diet to ensure the best possible life for your dear feathered friend? Read on to find out!

The Basics

In their native land of Australia, budgies are known to feast on grasses and grains as their main sources of nutrition. They also feed on various fruits and vegetables that they can find, even some bark and insects. The food they eat comes from the ground or on branches, and their natural diet in the wild can vary considerably depending on the time of year.

It’s important to keep your budgie’s diet consistent with what they would eat in the wild, as this will provide them with optimal health. But just like us, a bird’s diet should contain a proper balance of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fresh clean H2O.

Seeds

Budgies love their bird seed, but it’s important that you don’t feed them seed alone. They won’t get all the vitamins and nutrients they need from a simple seed diet. Make sure you purchase a bird seed that contains a good mix of several different types of seed. Some common types of seed that you might find in a budgie blend are safflower, groats, white sunflower, striped sunflower, canary seed, and millet spray.

Pellets

Pellets are recommended as they are specially formulated for birds and designed to mimic seeds, containing even more essential vitamins and minerals that budgies need. However, if your budgie has already become used to a seed diet, it may be a bit difficult getting him used to a pelleted diet. If possible, it is recommended you introduce your budgie as soon as possible to pellets as they represent the ideal diet.

Pellets… look a bit like cat food!

Fruits & Vegetables

Offering your budgie fresh fruits and veggies not only provides them with a natural source of vitamins and minerals, but it also offers a wide range of variety. Just remember that fruits and veggies should only make up about 20% of your budgie’s overall diet.

Some Fruits to Consider:

Apple
Apricot
Banana
Berries (blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry)
Cantaloupe
Grapes
Guava
Kiwi
Mango
Melon
Orange
Papaya
Peach
Pineapple
Watermelon

Fresh Fruit

Some Vegetables to Consider:

Asparagus
Beans
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Corn
Cucumber
Kale
Leafy greens
Lettuce
Parsley
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Radish
Salad cress
Spinach
Squash
Sweet Potato
Tomato
Yams
Zucchini

Nom, nom!

Nuts

There are many safe nuts to feed your budgie, but because they are usually so high in fat, it’s best to feed nuts sparingly—no more than two or three times a week. These can be crushed and mixed in with your budgie’s regular seed/pellet diet.

Some Nuts to Consider:

Almond (excluding the roasted variety)
Cashew
Hazelnut
Macadamia
Peanut
Pecan
Pistachio
Walnut

Tasty peanuts

Other Treats

Outside of your budgie’s regular diet which should be a good blend of the seeds/pellets, fruits, veggies and nuts listed above, it’s fun to also allow your budgie a nice little treat now and then.

Some Safe Treats to Consider:

Millet Spray – As these can be fattening, give no more than two inches or so per day.
Flavored Seed Sticks – These come in quite the variety of flavors!
Mineral Block – A great source of minerals that also helps to trim your budgie’s beak
Cuttlebone – A calcium block that adds good calcium to your budgie’s diet and also helps to trim their beak
Hard boiled egg – Budgies love digging into a nice hard-boiled egg every once in awhile!

Budgies enjoying some millet spray

Vitamin Supplements

If you are providing your pet budgie with a well-balanced diet according to the options above, it may not be necessary to give your budgie any extra vitamins and minerals, such as the kind you can buy in liquid form. However, doing so is an option. You can find these in any pet supply store, or online, such as this Multi-Drops Vitamin Supplement, which you would add to your budgie’s water.

Feeding Reminders

As a general guideline, you should feed your budgie seeds and pellets every day. Fruits and vegetables should be given every 2-3 days, nuts about once a week or less. And don’t forget water! Fresh water should be given at least once a day, more if you notice the water has been polluted with budgie droppings (which can happen quite a bit!)

And Don’t Forget The Bad Stuff!

Though there are many yummy options to introduce as a part of your budgie’s diet, there are also some bad foods that you should make sure to never offer your budgie, as they can be very harmful to their health. To find out more about these, you can head on over to my post 10 Toxic Treats to Avoid in Your Budgie’s Diet (Just Say No!)

Hope you found this post helpful and your budgie benefits from tasty treats in the future!

Thanks for stopping by and as always, here’s to finding your Budgie Bliss!

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