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What do budgies eat?

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Budgies, also known as Budgerigars birds, eat fruits, vegetation, seeds and berries in the wild as well as in captivity as pet birds. Many pet budgies have poor diets because their owners feed them pet bird food instead of providing a variety of food that matches what budgies eat in the wild.

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Improper nutrition leads to numerous health problems such as iodine deficiencies and obesity with budgies so veterinarians at VCA animal hospitals recommend speaking with a veterinarian to ensure that one's pet budgies diet is varied and chock full of nutrition. Budgies eat seeds in the wild depending on the plants available throughout the season. Many pet stores sell commercial bags of seed mixes, but these typically are unbalanced in terms of nutrition as well as in terms of carbohydrate and fat content.

The owner of a pet budgie should start by buying seeds individually because the budgie has been known to pick out its favorite seeds from seed mixes and ignore the rest. The budgie needs to get 1.5 to 2 teaspoons of one kind of seed each day. The seed type chosen should change each day so that the budgie gets an even mix in its diet. Then the budgie should also be given fruits and vegetables such as celery, apple, grated carrot, spinach and iceberg lettuce for 25percent of its diet. It is also possible to convert budgies from a seed diet to a pelleted diet, but this needs to be done with the help of a veterinarian and birds on pelleted diets will still need fruits and veggies.

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