My budgie was sitting on my shoulder and started regurgitating intact seeds. The seeds were flying all over me and my desk. He is active and playfull. I used to have grit on the bottom of the cage but since I put a wire on the bottom he hasn't had any grit. Should I be putting some in a dish for him to get at? My concern is the fact that he was spitting out seeds that were not digested and I thought that birds need grid to digest the seeds.
Lori
My budgie was sitting on my shoulder and started regurgitating intact seeds. The seeds were flying all over me and ... he was spitting out seeds that were not digested and I thought that birds need grid to digest the seeds.

He rurgitated whole shelled seed. Grit is used by birds to break down the outer shell of seeds. Parrots remove the husk before swallowing seed. Parrots do not need, and really shouldn't be given, grit.

The regurgitation was likely a presentation of affection.

Dave
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Parrots do not need, and really shouldn't be given, grit.

Do budgies need grit?
The regurgitation was likely a presentation of affection.

If that's the case he could have been a bit neater about it. ;-) Actually he was being pretty cosy and whispering sweet nothings in my ear. Every night it's a real ritual and he is so cute. I've had him for 4 months and he talks constantly. He has even picked up phrases that he hears and surprises us with them. Oops. I'm rambling..

Thanks for your reply
Lori
Do budgies need grit?

Budgies are parrots. So, no.
If that's the case he could have been a bit neater about it. ;-) Actually he was being pretty cosy ... has even picked up phrases that he hears and surprises us with them. Oops. I'm rambling.. Thanks for your reply

You're welcome. Budgies can have a very prolific vocabulary and yours sounds like he may be a real jaber-box :-)

Dave
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