The Amount of Food a Budgie Should Eat

by Brandy Burgess, Demand Media
    Proper budgie care can mean a lifespan of 15 to 20 years.

    Proper budgie care can mean a lifespan of 15 to 20 years.

    Just as important as the quality of the food is the amount you feed your bird. Budgies mainly graze on seeds and pellets, but also enjoy the occasional fruit or veggie. Consider portion size when feeding your feathery friend. A serving size should never be larger than the bird’s head.

    Seed Staple

    Commercial seed-based foods are often used as a staple for pet budgies. According to The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, a diet of seeds can greatly increase your budgie’s risk of obesity. Seeds should be limited to 1.5 to 2 level teaspoons per day, per bird. Slowly transition seed-eating birds to a diet that's 75 to 80 percent pellets. To wean your budgie off of seeds, mix in pellets over a four to six week period, gradually decreasing the amount of seed as you add more pellets.

    Fresh Fruits and Veggies

    Budgies on a seed-only diet will most likely suffer from malnutrition, shortening their life span and increasing their risk of health complications. Fruits and vegetables should make up 20 to 25 percent of your bird’s diet. Offer your bird bite-size pieces of apples, pumpkin, broccoli, mango, spinach, sweet potato and dark, leafy greens. Avoid fresh foods high in water content, as these offer little nutrition and can cause loose stools. Give your birds manageable pieces of fruit and vegetables daily in a separate dish.

    Supplements

    Budgies who consume 75 to 80 percent of their diet in the form of pelleted food may not require additional supplements. Consult with your vet about your beloved budgie’s individual health needs. In most cases, supply a mineral block and cuttlebone at all times to meet your bird’s calcium and mineral requirements. Other supplements, such as vitamins, algae and probiotics, can be mixed into moist food or into your bird’s water supply if recommended by your vet.

    The Occasional Treats

    It can be tempting to feed your budgie what you eat, but many human foods are not appropriate for your bird friend. While alcohol, chocolate and junk food are definite no-no’s, lean cooked meat, egg, fish and cheese are acceptable. Keep sugar-based treats to a minimum, as these can cause unhealthy weight gain. Along with your budgie’s diet of seeds and pellets, fresh fruits and veggies, and of course the occasional treat, your bird should also have constant access to suitable drinking water.

    About the Author

    Based in northern New York, Brandy Burgess has been writing on pets, technical documentation and health resources since 2007. She also writes on personal development for YourFreelanceWritingCareer.com. Burgess' work also has appeared on various online publications, including eHow.com. Burgess holds a Bachelor of Arts in computer information systems from DeVry University and her certified nurses aid certification.

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