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I have not had my birds very long so cannot comment on vast experience. I currently feed them a seed mix, fresh fruit and green but find they especially like sunflower seeds and millet spray. I am waiting for some seeds to sprout so i can try them. I have not tried pellets yet but if they like them would include them in their diet depending upon the ingredients. I would say like any other animal including ourselves a varied diet and exercise is the key.

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I have not had my birds very long so cannot comment on vast experience. I currently feed them a seed mix, fresh fruit and green but find they especially like sunflower seeds and millet spray. I am waiting for some seeds to sprout so i can try them. I have not tried pellets yet but if they like them would include them in their diet depending upon the ingredients. I would say like any other animal including ourselves a varied diet and exercise is the key.

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I have not had my birds very long so cannot comment on vast experience. I currently feed them a seed mix, fresh fruit and green but find they especially like sunflower seeds and millet spray. I am waiting for some seeds to sprout so i can try them. I have not tried pellets yet but if they like them would include them in their diet depending upon the ingredients. I would say like any other animal including ourselves a varied diet and exercise is the key.

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I have not had my birds very long so cannot comment on vast experience. I currently feed them a seed mix, fresh fruit and green but find they especially like sunflower seeds and millet spray. I am waiting for some seeds to sprout so i can try them. I have not tried pellets yet but if they like them would include them in their diet depending upon the ingredients. I would say like any other animal including ourselves a varied diet and exercise is the key.

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I have not had my birds very long so cannot comment on vast experience. I currently feed them a seed mix, fresh fruit and green but find they especially like sunflower seeds and millet spray. I am waiting for some seeds to sprout so i can try them. I have not tried pellets yet but if they like them would include them in their diet depending upon the ingredients. I would say like any other animal including ourselves a varied diet and exercise is the key.

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I have not had my birds very long so cannot comment on vast experience. I currently feed them a seed mix, fresh fruit and green but find they especially like sunflower seeds and millet spray. I am waiting for some seeds to sprout so i can try them. I have not tried pellets yet but if they like them would include them in their diet depending upon the ingredients. I would say like any other animal including ourselves a varied diet and exercise is the key.

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I have not had my birds very long so cannot comment on vast experience. I currently feed them a seed mix, fresh fruit and green but find they especially like sunflower seeds and millet spray. I am waiting for some seeds to sprout so i can try them. I have not tried pellets yet but if they like them would include them in their diet depending upon the ingredients. I would say like any other animal including ourselves a varied diet and exercise is the key.

mel
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Birds eat seed in the wild so it's a fair assumption it's a natural diet.

It is. The problem with seed, the vet explained to me, is that it's fattening. Birds in the wild get lots of exercise looking for food, and caring for themselves and their offspring and burn those calories.

The thing is that most budgie mixes are not fattening. I once investigated this thoroughly. There are lists on the Internet of the fat content of seeds. Sunflower, safflower and other seeds found in tiel and similar mixes are fattening; millets and canary seed found in budgie mixes are low. Read the nutrition label on a budgie seed mix and compare it to the pellet made by the same manufacturer: the fat is the SAME as are the other components. The only thing is that the pellets have many vitamins and minerals mixed evenly with the pellet which seeds don't offer.
I give my budgies and other parakeet species a quality seed mix without the fattening seeds and without ethoxyquin which is a controversial preservative. They all eat a fresh vegie mix daily which gets sprinkled with a vitamin powder twice a week. Although the seeds say they are "fortified", I don't know how much of these vitamins actually get into the bird.

Now, you mention that caged birds don't get enough exercise. I have found that budgies allowed free flight for much or all of the day stay much healthier than ones kept in the typical cage. I know this isn't possible for everyone to do, but I have a bird safe room in my house. It's just a fact that my English budgies used to be obese when caged. I made the switch to a 1/3 vegie diet and free flight at the same time, so I can't say which component helped the most, but now I rarely get a fat budgie; I do get an occasional fat hen which I attribute to poor genetics. It's a shame that all budgies don't get out to fly, but I know it's not safe in some homes.

Janet Levy