I have previously written about parakeet food, but I thought I would go a little more in depth. Most people seem to think that parakeets only eat seed. This is not true! In fact, for your budgie to have proper nutrition, you should provide seed along with a variety of other foods. A healthy diet, along with exercise will help your parakeet live a long and happy life!
Your parakeet will probably not like everything it tries. It just depends on their particular taste. For seed, I would recommend buying a good seed mix in a small, resealable bag so it will stay fresh. There are many different blends of seed, but most contain at least crude protein, fat, and fiber. Some blends have a good amount of vitamins, millet, oats, grains, veggies, fruit, egg, etc. Millet for a parakeet is like candy for a kid. It is very tasty, but very fattening, so only treat your parakeet to millet occasionally.
Pellets are another good option, but be careful if switching from seed to pellets. Your budgie might not like them as much as seed, or might not even recognize them as food. Start by sprinkling a few pellets on top of the seed so your parakeet will learn that it is food. The next day, add a little more and mix it in with the seed a little bit. Keep doing this for a few weeks, adding a little more each day until only pellets remain. The main thing is to take your time and not rush your parakeet.
Some foods your budgie might like to try:
- Whole wheat bread
- Hardboiled egg
- Mandarin oranges
- Shreds of chicken, turkey, or tuna
Harmful Foods (NEVER, EVER feed your budgie these!)
- ANY dairy product
- ANY junk food
- Salty, spicy or greasy foods
- Anything alcoholic
- Fruit pits or seeds
Remember, fresh food can go bad pretty fast, so don’t leave it sitting out for very long.
Your parakeet needs a good supply of fresh, clean water at all times! You will most likely find seed, poop, and feathers in there sometimes. Also water that has been sitting there for a while can be unfavorable, so I would recommend changing the water throughout the day. You will want to keep the water bowl off the floor of the cage, and preferably not directly under a perch.
Exercise is very important in keeping your parakeet happy and healthy. Do not keep it cooped up all the time; let it out to play and fly around. Make sure you have a large enough cage, and plenty of toys to play with. A good idea is to bring some toys out of the cage and have your budgie interact with you. You can also get a play gym for parakeets, which can include ladders, bells, beads, swings, etc. Be very careful when letting your parakeet out to play, especially if their wings are not clipped. Make sure all windows and doors are shut and watch where you walk! You might also want to cover mirrors and windows so your budgie won’t fly into it and hurt itself.
Pay attention to your parakeet! If it is not eating, drinking, pooping, or not very active these can all be signs of an illness and you should immediately take it to your Avian Veterinarian.