Parakeets are known as small but vigorous birds. Apart from being agile, these birds are very smart, thus they require lots of stimulation and playtime than what most people think. These are the reasons why they require the best and the most balanced diet. However, their diet does not have to be the same food each and every day throughout their lives. From time to time, it would be great for your to have these pets indulge in nuts and seeds.
As a matter of fact, parakeets can eat the same fruits that humans also eat. A few examples of these fruits are apples and oranges. When introducing fruits to these birds for the first time, all it usually takes is a slice and they will want more. When you are feeding your budgie fruits you are having a bonding moment with it. Not only are you giving the little pet its much-needed nourishment, but you are also establishing trust. The idea is the same with feeding nuts or seeds. And remember that they enjoy the taste of veggies, too. So, you can give the little pet, a lettuce leaf.
Your pet’s diet could use a lot of green vegetables. There are many parakeets that love the taste of kelp or mustard leaves. In fact, it is not hard to feed them vegetables as they can get used to the taste very quickly. It must be considered, though, that not all green leafy vegetables are good for your bird. Certain leafy vegetables can cause liver or calcium deficiency problems. It is best to consult with your pet’s vet on which leafy vegetables are suitable to your acrobatic bird’s diet.
A well balanced diet is also crucial when parakeet’s begin to breed. In this period, female parakeets can use a mineral lick or a cuttlebone, which can be placed somewhere in the cage. Unhealthy chicks is the result of poor nutrition of female parakeet birds.
So the next time you head out to buy some bird food, think about starting your bird on a nut, seed, fruits and vegetable diet instead. There are so many of these foods to choose from and make part of your pet’s nutritional plan. Your little acrobatic winged buddy will be glad to have variety in his or her diet.