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    How To Feed Your Budgerigar

    ArticleParrot AdviceWednesday 09 March 2011
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    The budgerigar is a species of parakeet with a slender body and a long, pointed tail. Budgies for sale are commonly kept in captivity. Like most parrots, these birds, when in the wild, eat a highly varied diet.

    The base diet for your budgie should consist of a high-quality seed mix or a specialized pellet-food. A variety of both are available in most pet stores. Compare the available products and look for one that contains a wide variety of ingredients. Base diets are best purchased in small quantities, which ensures that they are always fresh.

    Fruits and vegetables compose a large part of the wild budgie's diet, and the same should be true for budgies in captivity. Nearly any fresh, raw produce can be offered to your budgie daily, with any pits or large seeds removed. Dried fruits and vegetables can also be used, but beware of dyes and preservatives in commercially dried products. Frozen---and thawed---or canned fruits and vegetables can be used as a last resort.

    Although budgies consume a wide variety of food in the wild, there are some things that you should never feed your budgie. Avocado, asparagus, aubergine, rhubarb, cabbage and raw potato are to be avoided. Never offer alcohol, chocolate, caffeine or dairy, and avoid any highly processed or junk food.

    Calcium is an important element in the budgie diet and can be offered in the form of cuttlebone or crushed eggshells. Small amounts of cooked chicken, turkey or hard-boiled eggs can be offered occasionally for protein. A wide variety of powdered or liquid vitamin and mineral supplements are readily available, and should always be used according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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