Your Pet Parakeet’s Nutritional Needs
Parakeets are small but athletic birds and they also have a lot of energy. Apart from being agile, these birds are very smart, thus they require lots of stimulation and playtime than what most people think. Because of those things, they need a healthy and balanced diet everyday. However, their diet does not have to be the same food each and every day throughout their lives. They could use some seeds or some nuts to as a part of their healthy diet.
As a matter of fact, parakeets can eat the same fruits that humans also eat. For example, they also love to eat apples, pears and oranges. When introducing fruits to these birds for the first time, all it usually takes is a slice and they will want more. When you are feeding your budgie fruits you are having a bonding moment with it. Not only are you giving the little pet its much-needed nourishment, but you are also establishing trust. The idea is the same with feeding nuts or seeds. Don’t forget that these budgies love vegetables to. So, you can give the little pet, a lettuce leaf.
Your pet’s diet could use a lot of green vegetables. There are many parakeets that love the taste of kelp or mustard leaves. In fact, it is not hard to feed them vegetables as they can get used to the taste very quickly. It must be considered, though, that not all green leafy vegetables are good for your bird. Some leafy vegetables can trigger calcium deficiency or liver problems. Ask your parakeet’s veterinarian first about which leafy greens to give and which ones to avoid.
When you are considering breeding parakeets you should think even more of its diet. As a supplement for the female period, during mating time, you can put a cuttlebone or a mineral block in its cage. Unhealthy chicks is the result of poor nutrition of female parakeet birds.
So after you ran out of bird food, get your parakeet fruits, seeds, nuts and vegetables instead. There are so many kinds of these foods that you can add to his or her diet, but be sure to check with a vet first. Your energetic winged pet will thank you not only for the well-balanced diet but he or she will thank you for a varied and exciting foo.
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