Anyone know? He takes an interest in what I eat and wants to try a piece of everything on my plate. I give him a few vegetable tidbits from time to time but I am unsure about feeding him things like bacon, chicken or sausage (which he tries to grab when he's out of his cage). He even tries to steal food from my mouth (and has done since I got him as baby - he's always been cocky) at times.
As budgerigars are herbivores by nature, I do not want to feed him anything that may harm his digestive system or make him sick.

Your advice would be appreciated.
Anyone know? He takes an interest in what I eat and wants to try a piece of everything on my ... want to feed him anything that may harm his digestive system or make him sick. Your advice would be appreciated.

I wouldn't feed meat with additives. Meat such as fish, chicken, turkey, beef, deer, elk, buffalo, even pork roast are okay. Bacon, ham, sausage, pepperoni, bologna, hot dogs and the like are not on the menu here.

Sincerely,
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The correct group for this question is rec.pets.birds. Here on rec.birds, our discussion and expertise is on wild birds.

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I x-posted because I figured that there may be some scientific type on rec.birds with knowledge of avian digestive systems...
Anyone know? He takes an interest in what I eat and wants to try a piece of everything on my ... food from my mouth (and has done since I got him as baby - he's always been cocky) at times.

My budgies, one of which I've had for 9 years, eat everything and anything that we do. They don't eat that much at a time, nor do they eat off my plate every day. When they do fly over during a meal, they can pick and choose what they want. I wouldn't feed them a steady diet of bacon and ice cream, but if they want a nibble once in awhile, it's not going to hurt anything. If you're providing them a healthy, varied budgie diet, they're eating with you primarily to be social. Relax and enjoy your buddy. Emotion: smile
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As budgerigars are herbivores by nature, I do not want to feed him anything that may harm his digestive system or make him sick.

Yes, but in moderation.
dont be afraid to let your budgie try new things! basically, things that are good for you are good for your budgie, but the same holds true for things that are not so good for humans. its a blessing to have a bird that is willing to munch on a variety of foods and not just a dried seed diet (really not a staple for any bird) as it is a much healthier alternative to vitamin supplements. try to stick to organic and unprocessed foods as much as possible.

a few my birds enjoy are: cooked brown rice, boiled chicken, collards/parsely/chard (any of those dark leafy greens), cooked eggs, frozen vegetable medleys (thawed), oat meal... well you get the idea. ive even stumbled across a few bird recipes. bird bread: prepare 1 package of jiffy corn bread as directed on box, add 3 extra eggs (shell and all), dice and mix in any veggies you may happen to have in the fridge (carrots, zuccini, etc), nuts and berries (appropriate for size of bird), apple sauce or cooked sweet potato, and bake as directed.

any left overs can be wrapped and frozen. there are only a few strict no-no's when it comes to bird diet: caffeine (coffee, chocolate), avacadoes, foods high in sodium/processed sugars, onions. i would also be concerned with some fishes due to the mercury content.
Anyone know? He takes an interest in what I eat and wants to try a piece of everything on my ... want to feed him anything that may harm his digestive system or make him sick. Your advice would be appreciated.

In the wild budgies eat a wide variety of foods, including insects which make up about 5% of their diet. About once a week I feed my birds (a conure, four cockatiels, and a turquosine parakeet) scrambled egg with the shell.

Meat, or any animal protien, should never be more then about 5% of a bird's total diet. Stick with lean meats, stay away from bacon, hamburger, etc. Think: if it isn't healthy for you, it isn't healthy for your birds.

Gloira