Feeding bread to my budgies?

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Margaret Sullivan:
Hi Everyone!
I have been a lurker here for some time now and enjoy reading all posts, especially pertaining to budgies and try to glean as much information as possible.
I feel confident enough now to try a post, so, here goes:

I have two budgies, male and female. It's just me and my budgies 24/7, soo, they can be very demanding, especially when it comes to treats.

Feeding them bread is wrong (Iknow!) and I am trying to break them of the habit but I need a substitute for them. The male likes to feed the female and bread seems to be "it" for him.
Its been two days now since I gave them any bread but they are very upset ,and demanding.
I love my little birds and don't want to start any bad habits with them - i.e., bread. They have free rein of my apartment and fly 'round and 'round and squawk incessently, especially when I am in the kitchen. This has become very annoying but I am trying to break this bad habit I have started!!! So can you help me, please?

Pet stores here are very short on varieties of supplies. Thank you for your time. I would greatly appreciate any help.
Sincerely,
Margaret
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High Flight:
[nq:1]I love my little birds and don't want to start any bad habits with them - i.e., bread. They have ... very annoying but I am trying to break this bad habit I have started!!! So can you help me, please?[/nq]
Try something like corn flakes. Or toasting one of those whole grain breads.
Jack

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jmcquown:
[nq:2]I love my little birds and don't want to start ... habit I have started!!! So can you help me, please?[/nq]
[nq:1]Try something like corn flakes. Or toasting one of those whole grain breads. Jack[/nq]
Agreed - corn flakes would be good. I can't see why feeding them bread is a bad thing. Nutritionally it sucks but if they like a little bit of bread, switch to whole grain as Jack suggests.
Jill
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Linda Ambrose-Bates:
[nq:1](snip) I love my little birds and don't want to start any bad habits with them - i.e., bread. They ... stores here are very short on varieties of supplies. Thank you for your time. I would greatly appreciate any help.[/nq]
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Margaret:
You can also offer muslix/musli cereal as a treat. Also, Rice Krispies and Cheerios. Twelve-grain, Russian or pumpernickel is healthier than sandwich or white bread which tends to be gummy.
Hope this helps.
Linda
Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
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Vincent J. Hrovat:
How about some homemade birdie bread instead? Recipes abound on the web, but here's a simple one for starters:
1 box Jiffy Corn Bread Mix
1 egg, including crushed shell1/3 cup milk

1 cup vegetables (diced yams, peas, carrots, etc.)

Heat oven to 400. Grease 8" x 8" baking pan. Mix the corn bread mix, egg and milk in a bowl. Mix in the vegetables. Pour into baking pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until light golden brown. Freeze unused bread in single-serving baggies and microwave to reheat.
Good luck.
[nq:1]Hi Everyone! I have been a lurker here for some time now and enjoy reading all posts, especially pertaining to ... are very short on varieties of supplies. Thank you for your time. I would greatly appreciate any help. Sincerely, Margaret[/nq]
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oldmolly:
[nq:2]Try something like corn flakes. Or toasting one of those whole grain breads. Jack[/nq]
[nq:1]Agreed - corn flakes would be good. I can't see why feeding them bread is a bad thing. Nutritionally it sucks but if they like a little bit of bread, switch to whole grain as Jack suggests.[/nq]
But you cannot see why sand perch covers are bad either. Bread is bad because it is full of additives and not much nutrition. A small bit of bread for a budgie will fill its crop with rubbish instead of something nutritionally sound. Just as feeding wild birds with white bread in spring has been shown to kill nestlings, bread isn't good fir any birds. A bit of toasted wholegrain for a parrot isn't bad but a tiny bird like a budgie cannot have more than a crumb without being full up 0(
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jmcquown:
[nq:2]Agreed - corn flakes would be good. I can't see ... bit of bread, switch to whole grain as Jack suggests.[/nq]
[nq:1]But you cannot see why sand perch covers are bad either.[/nq]
Hey, Molly, I did say I had my doubts about those covers... maybe you should learn to read.
Jill
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D Daestl Beattie:
[nq:1]But you cannot see why sand perch covers are bad either. Bread is bad because it is full of additives ... isn't bad but a tiny bird like a budgie cannot have more than a crumb without being full up :0([/nq]


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Thank you, oldmolly, for both this, and the detailed description of contraindications for grit on perches posted in another recent thread. "Red Factor Canary"
While I have no large birds, I enjoy learning of them, their needs & habits, etc., and I do not feed bleached-refined flour bread, nor use grit, either, for the finches & 'keets I do care for.
I have noticed that budgies have a smoother, almost 'skin-like' foot, compared to say finches. Less 'scaley'.
But your description of grains of grit lodging in, and irritating, the soft creases of a budgie's foot, causing bumblefoot illuminated the whole problem for me, and I shall so advise any of my personal contacts who might inquire about it of me.
Thanks again, Pam. ( if I may )
Avid rec.pets.birds lurker, and lover of finches
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jmcquown:
[nq:1]How about some homemade birdie bread instead? Recipes abound on the web, but here's a simple one for starters: 1 box Jiffy Corn Bread Mix[/nq]
Jiffy Corn Bread Mix is filled with sugar. I don't want to eat it myself let alone give it to a poor defenseless bird. It's easy enough to make cornbreadfor a bird using some yellow cornmeal, butter, non-fat buttermilk,
2 eggs (with the shell) and some corn or carrots. As you mentioned, thisstuff freezes well. You can use a cast iron cornstick pan so the "bread" is shaped like an ear of corn and can be easily placed in a treat holder for the bird(s) to nibble on.
Jill
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