Budgie Food

Budgie food health requirements for budgies, list of foods *not* to give budgies, budgie food recipes, and recommended seed mixes, cooked mixes, pellets...

How to Get your Budgie to Try New Foods

Budgie Food : 6 budgies eating from veggie mush from a plate

Make a Bird Mix

Patience and persistance is key in trying to get your budgie to try new foods. It may take a few weeks for them to figure out that the new weird thing isn't going to eat them. A great way to get them to try new foods is to give them a "mix" every day - filled with fruits & veggies & pasta & seeds & pellets soaked in fruit juice, all chopped up fine. A mix will always look pretty much the same so you can pop new & interesting foods in there & the budgies won't be scared of it.

Budgie Food : budgies eating carrot tops

Make Food a Fun Toy

Another trick - for leafy greens & such, is to make them seem like a toy - make them fun - weave the leaves through the bars of their cage, or hand them down over perches. Put leafy greens in a shallow bowl filled with clean water. As they bathe, they will nibble on the greens. Soon, they will get super excited when you bring leafy greens into the room. My guys favorites are dandelion greens, carrot tops & kale.

Health Requirements

  • fresh organic fruit
  • fresh organic veggies
  • sprouted seeds
  • seeds
  • whole grain pasta and breads
  • pellets (crumbles, or crushed and soaked in a mix)
Budgie Food : budgies eating carrots

These Foods are Good for Budgies

  • acorn squash
  • alfalfa
  • almond butter
  • almonds
  • anasazi beans
  • apple blossoms
  • apple juice
  • apples
  • applesauce
  • apricots
  • baby food
  • Bag O' Bugs
  • bananas
  • barley
  • barley grass
  • beans
  • bee pollen
  • bell peppers
  • black beans
  • blackberries
  • black-eyed peas
  • blueberries
  • bok choi tops
  • bran
  • brazil nuts
  • bread
  • broccoli
  • brown rice
  • brussel sprouts
  • buckwheat
  • butternut squash
  • cantaloupes
  • cardamom
  • carrot
  • carrots
  • cashew butter
  • cashews
  • cauliflower
  • cayenne pepper
  • celery
  • cereal
  • chard
  • cherries
  • chick peas
  • chillis
  • cinnamon
  • clementines
  • coconuts
  • collard greens
  • corn
  • cornmeal
  • cottage cheese (give dairy only occassionally, in small amounts)
  • couscous
  • cracked corn
  • cranberries
  • cumin seeds
  • currants
  • curry
  • cuttlebone
  • dandelion greens
  • dates
  • eggs
  • Eight Grain Cereal
  • english muffins
  • fava beans
  • figs
  • flax seeds
  • fortified cereals
  • fruit
  • fruit juice
  • garbanzo beans
  • ginger (ok in small amounts)
  • grapefruits
  • grapes
  • green beans
  • green chilies
  • green lentils
  • green peas
  • green peppers
  • grits
  • guavas
  • hazelnuts
  • honey
  • hot chili peppers
  • hulled barley
  • hummus (non-garlic)
  • jalapeno peppers
  • kale
  • kamut
  • kelp
  • kiwis
  • leafy greens
  • lemons
  • lentil sprouts
  • lentils
  • lime juice
  • limes
  • long grain brown rice
  • macadamia nuts
  • macaroni
  • mangos
  • mealworms
  • millet
  • mint
  • mixed nuts (no peanuts)
  • mulberries
  • multi-grain bagels
  • mung beans
  • navy beans
  • nuts
  • oat bran
  • oatmeal
  • oats
  • orange juice
  • oranges
  • oregano
  • palm oil
  • papayas
  • paprika
  • parmesan cheese (give dairy only occassionally, in small amounts)
  • parsley
  • pasta
  • peaches
  • peanut butter
  • pears
  • peas
  • pecans
  • pellets
  • peppers
  • pine nuts
  • pineapple juice
  • pineapples
  • pinto beans
  • pistachios
  • plums
  • pomegranates
  • popcorn
  • poppy seeds
  • prunes
  • pumpkin seeds
  • pumpkins
  • quinoa
  • raisin bran
  • raisins
  • raspberries
  • red beans
  • red pepper flakes
  • red peppers
  • red tomatoes
  • rice
  • rice cakes
  • roasted red peppers
  • romaine
  • rosemary
  • rye berries
  • sage
  • sesame seeds
  • spaghetti
  • spirulina
  • sprouts
  • squash
  • star fruits
  • strawberries
  • sunflower seeds
  • sweet bell peppers
  • sweet peas
  • sweet potatoes
  • tahini
  • tangerines
  • textured vegetable protein
  • thyme
  • tortellini
  • tortillas
  • violets
  • walnuts
  • wheat berries
  • wheat germ
  • wheatgrass
  • whole bran cereal
  • whole grain cornmeal
  • whole wheat flour
  • whole-grain bagels
  • wild rice
  • winter squash
  • yams
  • yogurt
  • zucchini

DO NOT give these foods to your budgies

  • alcohol
  • apple seeds
  • apricot seeds
  • avocado pits
  • avocados
  • bean plant leaves
  • caffeine
  • canned veggies
  • cherrie seeds
  • chocolate
  • cocoa
  • coffee
  • eggplant
  • fruit pits
  • fruit seeds
  • mushrooms
  • non-organic fruits & veggies
  • nutmeg
  • onions
  • peach seeds
  • peanuts
  • pear seeds
  • plum seeds
  • potato leaves
  • raw dry beans
  • rhubarb
  • salt
  • sugar
  • tea
  • tomato leaves
  • tomato stems
  • tomato vines

    Also Avoid:

  • aerosols
  • air fresheners
  • brass
  • cage bedding
  • cage litter
  • candles
  • cleaners
  • febreeze
  • glass beads
  • grit/gravel
  • halogens
  • lead
  • mite protectors
  • pens
  • perfume
  • potpourri
  • sand perches
  • scented tissues
  • teflon/non-stick cookware
  • tobacco

My Budgie's Favorite Recipe

Budgie Food : female budgie eating kale & carrot tops

My Budgie's Favorite Recipe : Ingredients

  • 1. oat groats
  • 2. A budgie seed mix whose first couple ingredients DO NOT include millet or oat groats (Dr Harvey's Best Parakeet Seed or canary mix)
  • 3. winterberry
  • 4. quinoa
  • 5. egg food
  • 6. kamut
  • 7. peas
  • 8. corn
  • 9. pellets
  • 10. zucchini
  • 11. broccoli
  • 12. red pepper flakes (if baby food is veggies)
  • 13. cinnamon (if baby food is fruit)
  • 14. blueberries
  • 15. soy beans
  • 16. rye
  • 17. spelt
  • 18. flax seeds
  • 19. Organic sugarfree baby food: veggies or fruit

My Budgie's Favorite Recipe : Directions

You can get the grains cheap in bulk at a store like WholeFoods. Put pellets in a bowl and add enough water to cover. Microwave for 20 seconds until mush. Add other ingredients in casserole dish. Stir well and serve. Make sure food has cooled appropriately. We make up a casserole dish of budgie mix a couple times a week and store it in the fridge.

My Budgie's Favorite Treat: Super Coconut Bowls

Budgie Food Recipes

My Budgie's Favorite Treat : Ingredients

  • 1 whole coconut
  • 1 jar of mango baby food
  • cup whole oat groats
  • cup blueberries
  • cup quinoa
  • 6 two-inch long pieces of carrot greens

My Budgie's Favorite Treat : Directions

Cut coconut in half and remove milk. In mixing bowl, combine baby food, oat groats, blueberries, and quinoa. Stir well, but not vigorously, the blueberries should remain whole. Fill coconut halves with mix. Top each half with 3 pieces of carrot greens. Serve fresh. Feeds a small flock.

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Budgie Food : male budgie eating carrot tops

Recommended Budgie Seed Mixes

Dr Harvey's Best Parakeet Food

Dr Harvey's Best Parakeet Food

Our Best Parakeet Food is a wonderful blend of nuts, fruits, seeds, vegetables, herbs and bee pollen made specifically for parakeets. This blend is so plentiful in vitamins and minerals and the appropriate amount of protein, that it takes the guesswork out of feeding your parakeet.

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Goldenfeast

Goldenfeast Bird Food

All natural bird seed, fruits and nut blend. Human-grade quality ingredients that you can actually pronounce. Freshest, most delicious-smelling bird food available.

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Recommended Budgie Pellets

Be sure to get the smallest size - for budgies (crumbles, mash). Pellets are taken best when soaked in sugar-free fruit juice and bleneded into a mash with their favorite seeds and fruits & veggies. Budgies will rarely eat from a bowl of plain dry pellets.

Roudybush

Roudybush Bird Food

Specially steam-pelleted food designed to retain beneficial nutrients while eliminating harmful bacteria. Give your birds the nutrition they need with no artificial colors or flavors and no animal by-products.

Order Roudybush Crumbles

Harrison's Bird Food

Harrison's Bird Food

Harrison's Bird Foods is a family of certified organic, formulated diets that were created by avian veterinarians and top avian nutritionists with the health of your bird in mind.

Order Harrison's Pellets

Totally Organic Pellets

Totally Organic Pellets Bird Food

100% Certified Organic Ingredients: Rice, hulled millet, barley, alfalfa leaf, sunflower seed hulled, sesame seeds unhulled, quinoa whole, buckwheat hulled, dandelion leaf powder, carrot powder, spinach leaf powder, purple dulse, kelp, rose hips powder, rose hips crushed, orange peel powder, lemon peel powder, rosemary whole leaf, cayenne ground, crushed red chili peppers, nettle leaf. No artificial anything. No sucrose/sugar added.

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Recommended Budgie Packaged Cooked Food

Higgins Worldly Cuisine

Higgins Bird Food

The eight exotic cuisines contain wholesome ingredients like sea kelp, organic couscous, basmati rice, papaya, apples, cranberries, lentils, dates, tomatoes, anise, ginger, organic quinoa and more!

Order Higgins Exotic Cuisine