I've been told that pellets are better than seeds for parakeets. Any opinions here on this? When I read the labels for ingredients for seeds, it says it has all the necessary nutrition for a complete diet. My parakeet will eat both pellets and seeds but mostly seeds and not much else.
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A good quality seed mix is fine. A mix of pellets and seeds is fine too. Fresh fruits and vegetables (except for the few unsafe kind of course) are good for them too. I would not feed budgies (or any bird) an all pellet diet though. Budgies eat seeds in the wild, so of course seeds should be in your bird's diet.
What's critically important is that you find yourself a very good avian vet (not a regular vet as they are often uselss when it comes to treating birds) who will treat a budgie with equal care as say, a blue and gold (as my avian vet does), and you learn how to recognize the signs of illness in a bird. A bird instinctively hides their illness, so you have to learn to recognize those signs at an early stage (read and talk to people who know to find out), and then always immediately take them for treatment.

Budgies can live long lives and amaze you with their intellect and companionship (as amazing as any other bird) if they are given proper care and attention.
Dave
Thanks for the information.. This bird doesn't seem to like anyhing but seeds and pellets. I will keep trying other foods that are listed in a book that I have.
M
I've been told that pellets are better than seeds for parakeets. Any opinions here on this? When I read the ... nutrition for a complete diet. My parakeet will eat both pellets and seeds but mostly seeds and not much else.

My parakeets ate a seed diet supplemented with fruit and green veggies. Three of them lived to be 14 years of age (not all at the same time). Birds eat seed in the wild so it's a fair assumption it's a natural diet. They also had calcium via cuttlebones. I'd try introducing some nice crisp wet greens (don't leave them after they've wilted) and see if you can tempt them. Kale and leafy greens like that. Mine loved celery leaves which don't have a lot of nutrients but got them interested in greens. After that, slices of apples (nice and wet and fresh) and perhaps seedless grapes which they find fun to play with as well as eat. Just for starters.

Jill
I've been told that pellets are better than seeds for parakeets. Any opinions here on this? When I read the ... nutrition for a complete diet. My parakeet will eat both pellets and seeds but mostly seeds and not much else.

Try soaked and germinated seed.
I've been told that pellets are better than seeds for ... pellets and seeds but mostly seeds and not much else.

Try soaked and germinated seed.

aka - grass Emotion: smile
Jill
Try soaked and germinated seed.

aka - grass Emotion: smile Jill

Not grass, try pulses, millet and sunflower is good germinated and fed in small quantities.
aka - grass Emotion: smile Jill

Not grass, try pulses, millet and sunflower is good germinated and fed in small quantities.

I was being facetious since germinated seeds look like grass. My birds always loved the stuff and that's how I turned them on to other greens.

Jill
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. Pet birds in general just sit in a cage. The all-seed diet leads to obesity and/or liver disease. I had a budgie who died from hepatitis which the vet told me was caused by the all-seed diet.

On the other hand I had a half-American/half-English budgie who lived until age 9 on pretty much an all-seed diet (he would not eat pellets and always seemed afraid of human food; I could get him to eat white rice in chicken soup but that's about it).
Linda
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