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Birds do not mainly eat seeds. If that's what you feed your bird/s you are not feeding them properly.

Well, there ain't a lot of pellets in nature. And seeds ARE the main diet of many bird species, including budgies.

Dave
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Birds do not mainly eat seeds. If that's what you feed your bird/s you are not feeding them properly.

Well, there ain't a lot of pellets in nature. And seeds ARE the main diet of many bird species, including budgies.

Seeds are not the main diet of a bird in the wild. They much prefer to eat sprouts in the wild. Gee wiz, why not just ignore me?
Well, there ain't a lot of pellets in nature. And seeds ARE the main diet of many bird species, including budgies.

Seeds are not the main diet of a bird in the wild. They much prefer to eat sprouts in the wild. Gee wiz, why not just ignore me?

Please post evidence to support this assertion.
Well, there ain't a lot of pellets in nature. And seeds ARE the main diet of many bird species, including budgies.

Seeds are not the main diet of a bird in the wild. They much prefer to eat sprouts in the wild. Gee wiz, why not just ignore me?

I can ignore you and frequently do, but I won't ignore blatantly incorrect information.
From Wikipedia
"The species is extremely nomadic and the movement of the flocks is tied to the availability of food and water.(4) Drought can drive flocks into more wooded habitat or coastal areas. They feed on the seeds of spinifex, grass weeds, and sometimes ripening wheat."
From Budgieworld.net
"Budgies in the wild eat both ripe and unripe seeds. The reason for the consumption of unripe seeds is that they carry more assimilable lysine. You can, in part, duplicate this situation at home with your pet budgie by giving him/her grass seeds from your gardens. Wild budgerigars feed upon grass seeds; mainly on the ripening seeds of the Australian Spinifex and the Mitchell grass which they supplement on a daily basis with Eucalyptus leaves, buds and bark. They sometimes also feed on a few other plants depending on where they are."
From European Zoo Nutrition Centre
"Growing interest in the nutrition of the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) has highlighted the paucity of knowledge in this area. The aims of this study were to review the available literature on their individual nutrient requirements and relate this to the nutrient content of their predominantly seed-based diet and to investigate the effect of the bird's daily energy requirement on the fluctuations in body weight. "

From ExoticPetVet.com"Budgies are about seven inches in length and weigh between 26-30 grams. English budgies are slightly larger and weigh proportionally more. The average life span is between six and ten years, and the maximum-recorded life span is 18 years. Budgerigars are native to Australia, and tend to live in large flocks, although they may also be found in small parties. In their native habitat, they feed on seeds procured on or near the ground, and the important food items are seeds of native grasses.

Crop contents studied included grass seeds and a few seeds of Portulaca oleracea. Budgies have been described as extremely nomadic in Australia and they can be found inhabiting timber bordering watercourses, sparsely timbered grasslands, dry scrublands and open plains. It is very important to note that wild budgies are very active birds, flying great distances to visit waterholes and seeding grasses. They fly from tree to tree and scurry through the grass searching for seeds.

Many problems with captive budgies can be directly attributed to the sedentary lifestyle of the pet caged budgie, when the activity level is compared to that of a wild budgie."

From Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Australia
"Budgerigars are extremely nomadic. Flock movements are dictated by the availability of water and grass seed. During drought the birds are seen outside their normal range, that is in coastal and wooded areas. Budgerigars are mostly found in the vicinity of water and favour timbered water courses and lightly wooded country.
During early mornings and late afternoons they are most active. Visiting waterholes to drink, scurrying through the grass in search of seeds and flying from tree to tree. They shelter in trees and bushes in the heat of the day moving little, probably to conserve moisture. Their natural diet consists of grass seeds, including spinifex, weed seeds and sometimes ripening wheat."
From Organization of Professional Aviculturists
"In the wild, Grass Parakeets spend most of their day foraging for their regular staple of grass seeds. In the aviary, they also spend a good part of their day eating."
Would you like more references?

Dave
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Seeds are not the main diet of a bird in ... in the wild. Gee wiz, why not just ignore me?

I can ignore you and frequently do, but I won't ignore blatantly incorrect information. From Wikipedia "The species is extremely ... grass seeds. In the aviary, they also spend a good part of their day eating." Would you like more references?

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From the "Lexicon of Parrots"
Re: Budgerigars (Budgies)
"Natural diet: seeds of various grasses; prefers seeds of Mitchell grass, but also appears to enjoy wild millet seed with width varying between 0.5 and 2.5 mm (1/50 and 1/10 ins) and weighing between 0.3 and
1.3 mg; consumes up to 5g (1/5 oz) daily, with half consumed in morningand remainder in evening."
(From "natural diet", I take this to mean their diet in the wild.)

"Diet: seed mix of various millets, canary grass seed and some oats and niger; also small quantities of wild bird food, weed seeds and hemp; millet spray; fruit, especially carrot and apple; greenfood (chickweed, dandelion, spinach); eggfood and soft insect food for rearing."

(From "diet", I take this to mean their diet in captivity.)

Re: Peach-fronted Lovebird (Peachface lovebirds)

"Natural diet: seeds, especially acacia; in addition berries and fruits; can cause considerable damage to grain-fields."
"Diet: seed mix of verious (sic) millet, canary grass seed, some niger, sunflower and hemp; millet spray (also sprouted); regular supply of half-ripe grass and millet; plenty of greenfood, vegetables and fruit; sprouted seed, softened rusk and eggfood (rationed) for breeding; give young birds regular vitamin C and mineral supplements."

Hope this helps to sort out the diet issue.

LindaA
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Seeds are not the main diet of a bird in ... in the wild. Gee wiz, why not just ignore me?

I can ignore you and frequently do, but I won't ignore blatantly incorrect information. From Budgieworld.net "Budgies in the wild ... with Eucalyptus leaves, buds and bark. They sometimes also feed on a few other plants depending on where they are."

I've tried sprouting seeds for my budgies over the past 10 years, but none of them will do more than nibble at a couple sprouts, then ignore them. I've tried grass seed and different types of seeds, using a sprouter and offering them fresh day after day for a week at a time. They just plain don't want them. So I give them mainly a diet of nutraparakeet seeds, including grass seed, and oat groats. They ignore the pellets in the seed mix, and go for the millet and grass seed first. They get some veggies and other people food, but 75% of their diet is seed mix. They're all healthy, energetic and happy, with bright eyes and nice feathers. The oldest is 9 years old, so I must be doing something right. Emotion: smile
I can ignore you and frequently do, but I won't ... on a few other plants depending on where they are."

I've tried sprouting seeds for my budgies over the past 10 years, but none of them will do more than ... with bright eyes and nice feathers. The oldest is 9 years old, so I must be doing something right. Emotion: smile

I was trying chub's advice and giving my pup ( 5 mo old ) lovebird some brocoli and carrots but he wouldn't touch them. I had to crumble the tips off the brocoli to get him to touch that.
Someone told me recently that I need to wait until he's 6 months old for him to eat veggies though.
Hi Linda (and group : - )!
Since we're on the topic of diet (specifically for budgies) I am now pleased to report that in addition to their regular diet of seed, millet and treats, my flock of 8 budgies are enjoying broccoli, apple, sweet potato, and birdie muffins (made from my new Healthy Bird recipe book!)!! Flock behavior has, no doubt, contributed to their keen interest . . . all it took was one or two to show interest and the rest followed suit! They seem to especially relish broccoli (they can decimate a floret in no time at all!), but not too keen on banana. Am eager to try other good, healthy fare on them!

Thea
Hi Linda (and group : - )! Since we're on the topic of diet (specifically for budgies) I am now ... no time at all!), but not too keen on banana. Am eager to try other good, healthy fare on them!

You might want to wet a romaine lettuce leaf and watch them go crazy with it. One of mine literally rolls around on the wet leaf, taking a bath. Emotion: smile They're great little birds! Emotion: smile
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