Which Foods Are Safe for Parakeets to Eat?
What Should You Feed Your Pet Budgie?
Parakeets are small, tropical parrots whose captive diets usually consist of store-bought seed mixes, the occasional millet spray, and not much else. For optimal health and happiness, however, a wide variety of foods should be incorporated into your pet's meal plan. It's a lot of fun to offer your bird a variety of tasty morsels to eat, and in doing so, you will find that they have their own personal taste preferences.
Never offer your budgie a new type of food without first ensuring it is safe for parakeet consumption. If you notice any changes in your parakeet's behavior or appearance after they consume a new type of food, contact your veterinarian.
By offering your budgie a variety of healthy treats, you'll learn what they like, what they don't like, and what their favorite foods are. Listed below are a variety of foods that are safe to feed your pet parakeet in addition to store-bought seed mix. They have been divided into the following four categories.
- Grains (Occasionally)
Healthy Parakeet Treats by Category
Vegetables can be a very important part of a parakeet's diet. They contain many necessary nutrients that may not be included in a typical store-bought seed mix. Some veggies that are safe to feed to parakeets are:
- Carrot (preferably shredded)
Bite-Size Is Best
Anything you feed to your parakeet should be cut up into small, bite-size pieces. Otherwise, they may have trouble breaking it into consumable portions.
Parakeets love fruits. However, just like in a human's diet, these should be consumed in moderation. Fruits are high in natural sugars that can be detrimental to your parakeet's health when consumed in large quantities. Fruits that are safe for parakeet consumption include:
Keep It Fresh
You should only feed your bird fresh fruits and veggies. Dried or packaged fruits and vegetables may contain added sugars, spices, preservatives, or other ingredients that could be harmful to your feathered friend.
Many parakeets love to eat nuts. They are tasty, protein-rich, and full of nutrients that they may not be getting anywhere else. Here are some nuts that are safe for your budgie to snack on:
A Note About Nuts
Be sure to de-shell and chop or mince any nuts that you wish to feed your parakeet. Most nuts are far too large to be consumed by a parakeet whole, and shells can be difficult and dangerous for them to open themselves.
4. Grains (Occasionally)
Healthy, whole-grain breads can be a tasty supplement to your parakeet's diet when offered in moderation. Be sure to choose breads that are free of sugar, preservatives, and other harmful additives. Don't use sweet, heavily-processed breads like Wonder or Franz. Instead, opt for fresh, natural, whole-grain varieties that are free of salt.
Breads in Moderation
When compared to the other parakeet-safe treats listed in this article, breads have fewer nutrients and are more filling. Only offer bread to your budgie in small amounts and very occasionally. Bread is a treat and should not be used to replace other components of a parakeet's diet.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.