Parakeet Food Needs to Be Changed How Often?

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There are plenty of things you need to consider when taking care of your parakeet. This guy needs toys, socialization and a full belly to thrive. Keeping the food and water dishes fresh, clean and free of bacteria and mold helps keep your birdie happy and healthy.

Pellets and Seeds

Pellets and seeds make up a large portion of your parakeet’s diet. Although you may be tempted to let these sit for a few days, it’s best to replace the food daily. Mold is a hazard when you let these sit for too long, especially if your bird has dropped water into the dish. Also, seed mixes that contain hulls are very deceiving because the food dish may look full, but in actuality the seeds have been removed and the bowl is full of empty hulls. Changing his food regularly will ensure he is getting enough to eat.

Fresh Foods

Fruits and veggies are also part of your birdie’s diet. Fresh produce poses a larger risk of food poisoning as bacteria can start to grow if the food is left out too long. Bacteria thrives at room temperature, especially when the food is moist, so offer fruits and veggies for a couple hours, then remove them from the cage and throw them away. Keep these types of food in their own dish so you don’t cross contaminate your dry foods and raise the risk for them as well.


Water is a vital part of a parakeet’s life, just as it is for humans. Keep your parakeet’s water dish full of fresh, cold water. Change the water once or twice daily.

Keeping It Clean

To reduce the risk of getting your parakeet sick, wash his water and food containers thoroughly at least once a day. Wash them more if he had an accident in or on them. Remove them from cage, empty the contents and clean them thoroughly. If your food and water dishes feel slimy or there are stubborn morsels stuck to the surface, spray on a little white vinegar, scrub and thoroughly rinse with warm water.

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