parakeets can live on seed alone, seed by itself is a high-fat food and
should be supplemented with fresh veggies, fruits, pellets and the like.
I feed my own flock the following mix:
that out of the way, let's now get some great resources to your
fingertips regarding feeding parakeets. Check out:
- Nutriberries - Expensive but
worth it to me, I will crush up nutriberries to include in my flocks'
- Pellets - Parakeet pellets are
teeny and tiny and colorful and my keets love them. Search for
parakeets among the results...you can also find them at places like
PetSmart or Petco. You can find an interesting article about them
- Seed - Parakeet seed mixes like
Kaytee or Avian Science can often be bought at pet stores or birdie
you read articles about feeding parakeets on forums and the like,
you'll always see postings about how much the author's budgies adore
fruit and veggies. I only wish mine would follow the same!
I've had some marginal success with getting my birdies to chow down on
broccoli florets and ....well, that's it. They turn their beaks
up at grapes and apples and simply prefer the pellets.
annoying that is, let me tell you.
thing I have had success in feeding my keets is whole-wheat bread
(preferably toasted, as it makes for a nice beaky texture when being
devoured). This has given me a great usage for all those crusts
that I have cut off from my kids' school sandwiches.
thing parakeets love is millet spray. Millet, available in any
pet store, is extremely high-fat and should only be used as a
treat/reward. You can clip it to the cage and let them go to town
Make Your Own!
you believe, you can also cook and bake your own? It's possible
to make birdie muffins, bean mixes, salads and the like.
are some useful resources for that:
- Cereals &
- Seeds &
- Birdie Breads and
- Breakfast: Eggs,
- Desserts, Fruits,
Drinks, Cool Things
- Mineral Blocks,
- Cakes, Cookies, Pies
- Soft Foods,
Veggies, Grains, Sprouts
- Tasty Treats
- Miscellaneous Recipes
more ideas? There's even:
Birdie Feeding Forums
Check out these super resources:
let's see now. We've covered budgie networking, cages, feeding
and choosing - the next logical step for a wonderful parakeet
experience is training and/or taming. Let's now dash to:
> Chapter 6 - Budgie Training