When it comes to choosing the healthiest diet for Parakeets or Budgerigars, you as a pet bird owner should never compromise neither take your pet bird's diet casually. Budgerigars' diet should have an equal quantity of all nutrients. Namely - whole grains and cereals, flowers, green plants, fruits, legumes, vegetables, and pellets.
In general, a budgerigar has somewhat of an eclectic taste. Hence you need to provide them a mix of dry seeds and fresh fruits. Below we will discuss in detail what you should feed your budgerigars on a daily basis.
Diet for Parakeets or Budgerigars
Except for Avocados and seeds of Apples and Pears, fruits are an extremely healthy diet for birds. You must also include berries in their diet. Especially berries which are packed with loads and loads of anti-oxidants such as strawberries and blueberries. But be careful while offering cherries, plums, peach, and apricots. Scoop out the fruit pits of these fruits.
You can offer citrus fruits, apples, grapes, watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, elderberries, kiwis, melons, papayas, grapefruit, cantaloupe, peach, passion fruit and etc.
Birds love greens. So go for spinach, kale, cauliflower, beans, beetroot, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, squash, yams, sweet potatoes, zucchini, and etc. They also love lots of colors in their food. So you can serve tomatoes, bell peppers, asparagus, peas, parsley and etc.
But, do not serve tomato leaves, uncooked potatoes, onions, and garlic. They are reportedly toxic for birds. You can serve them with skin on. However, don't forget to cut them into small bite-sized pieces.
Seeds are an important part of the budgerigar's diet. When they out in the wild they mostly feed on oily seeds, grassy seeds, grain seeds, and herb seeds. Hence when you serve seeds, make sure that they are fresh and not exposed to the sunlight or heat for long.
Legumes are an important part of the parakeet's diet. They should amount to at least 15% of the seeds and not more than that. Legumes which we know are lentils, peas, and beans. We can serve our pet budgies these legumes provided they are sprouting and not split.
These are the legumes that you can include in a budgerigar diet - Green peas, Yellow Peas, Black-eyed peas, chickpeas, lentils, adzuki beans, and mung beans.
I know you've heard that high-fat food is harmful to birds. But, you can serve nuts in moderation. Nuts that are healthy for Parakeets/Budgreigars are walnut, hazelnut, macadamia nut, cashews, pistachios, unsalted almond, and pecan. However, don't give them more nuts in one day. Just one nut per day is good enough to maintain the balance of nutrients in their diet.
So, this was a complete guide of diets for Parakeets/Budgerigars. I hope now you know what you should feed your budgie. This diet for parakeet will make sure that you don't miss a single nutrient from his diet. Hope you found this article helpful.