Raising a bird is a highly challenging task, and requires a lot of knowledge. There are numerous things that you have to keep in mind to take care of a bird. For instance, hygiene, physical health, mental well-being, and social behavior. Out of all these, the diet of the bird is the most important. If the diet of a bird is poor, then it is prone to numerous diseases and conditions. Thus, making the raising process nearly impossible.
In short, you must keep their diet limited to vegan products. Never feed the bird with inorganic items like chocolate, or non-vegan items.
In this blog, we will try to include the things you must add in a diet of a Parakeet bird.
These birds are also known as ‘Budgie,’ and one of the most preferred birds as pets. They look a little similar to a parrot. However, they are found in numerous multi-color shades. These birds are also great with kids. Though they do not have a strong beak, they surely know the way to defend themselves. This bird is a native of Australia.
These birds are also highly social, and cannot bear living alone for a long duration. Therefore, if you are looking for a companion, then this bird will be a great choice. Parakeets are also capable of learning human languages. However, as per various research, they can learn at max 1500 words of human language.
These birds are also sensitive to heat and have a tendency to become obese. Thus, you have to be extremely careful about their diet. In the upcoming sections, we will mention the best diet for a Parakeet.
A diet which Parakeets can consume
Fruits & vegetables
These are the best source of vitamins and minerals for a bird. In general, you can give almost any fruit, or vegetable to the bird. However, you need to make sure that the item does not contain persin. Why? Well, it is because a persin is highly harmful to any bird. Irrespective of that, you need to ensure that the fruit or vegetable is finely chopped. The basic idea is to make it easy for the bird to eat them. You also need to make sure that the item is at room temperature.
Cold fruits and vegetables can be harmful to Parakeet. Lastly, fruits must be given at max thrice a week. They contain a high level of sugar, due to which excess feeding can be harmful in the long run.
Nuts & Dry Fruits
They are the most nutritious diet for a Parakeet. However, they have a lot of calories, you must never feed these daily. We recommend giving nuts & dry fruits twice a week. Keep in mind that the item must be finely chopped into small pieces.
Make a mash
Usually, you will find that the majority of sources do not talk about things you can give to a Parakeet daily. In this section, we will talk about the same. So, what can you give the Parakeet in a daily diet? Well, you have a lot of options.
First of all, you can make a mash of numerous ingredients. For instance, you can make a mash of carrot, peas, cabbage, seeds, pellet, and many more. You can also add some fruits like strawberry, but not regularly. You need to ensure that the bird gets a balanced diet in terms of vitamins, fats, and many more. Even the sugar level should be as low as possible. Below, we have mentioned the best items for Parakeet in a diet.
- Tomato (Not regularly)
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Millet seeds
Of course, there are many other things you can feed the Parakeet. Irrespective of that, the item must be finely chopped or grinded in a mixture.
In the next section, we will mention the things that are harmful to a Parakeet. Thus, you must never feed those to them.
- Anything with a high sugar level like chocolate is highly harmful to a Parakeet. That is why we mentioned feeding fruits at max thrice a week.
- Keep chilies away from Parakeet, as they can affect the digestive system of the bird. However, there are instances, where an Avian prescribes these to improve the health of the bird.
- Never feed fruit seeds to the bird. For instance, Apple seeds are harmful to Parakeet.
- You must never feed items like salted chicken to the bird. Usually, salt leads to itchiness in birds. However, we would still recommend consulting an Avian.
- Any item with thiosulfate or persin is harmful to a Parakeet. For instance, you must never feed onion, garlic, or avocado to a Parakeet. As per researches, these items can significantly affect the health of the bird.
- You must also make sure that the food you give should be at room temperature. If the food is hot, then it can surely affect health.
Now you are aware of all the items that you can feed to a Parakeet. You can also consult an avian to make a healthy diet for a Parakeet. Make sure that all the items must be finely chopped before giving the same to the bird. It should be at room temperature.
In this blog, we have also mentioned the things that are harmful to a Parakeet. You should not feed those items to the bird, as they are highly harmful to their health. Birds are a lot sensitive when it comes to their diet. Even a slightly wrong decision in their diet can significantly affect their health. You can also feed the bird with a mash of vegetables & seeds. Irrespective of that, the food must be at room temperature. Thus, it should be neither too cold nor too hot.
Lastly, you must never force the bird to eat an item. Let the bird choose its favorite diet.