Your Pet Parakeet’s Nutritional Needs
One of the most energetic small type of birds are parakeets, which are known to be the agile ones too. Apart from being agile, these birds are very smart, thus they require lots of stimulation and playtime than what most people think. These are the reasons why they require the best and the most balanced diet. However, the same daily food would eventually be unappealing for them if there is no variation in their diet. These birds also love the taste of fruits and vegetables. They could use some seeds or some nuts to as a part of their healthy diet.
In fact, parakeets enjoy the same fruits that humans also enjoy. For example, they also love to eat apples, pears and oranges. If it is their first time to eat these fruits, you can give them a slice and they will surely love it. Feeding your lovely budgie fruits can be a great bonding time. You are not only feeding the little pet, but you are training him to trust you. The idea is the same with feeding nuts or seeds. Remember that these birds want vegetables as well. So, why not give the little budgie a vegetable leaf such as a lettuce.
Leafy greens, should actually be one the main parts of the bird’s diet. Many parakeets love the taste of cabbage leaves or broccoli leaves. More often than not, feeding parakeets leafy greens is not difficult because they can easily acquire a taste for those food. It should be noted that there are leafy vegetables that may not be good for your winged pet. There are certain greens that can result in liver problem or calcium deficiencies. Ask your parakeet’s veterinarian first about which leafy greens to give and which ones to avoid.
A well balanced diet is also crucial when parakeet’s begin to breed. During this period, cuttlebone or a mineral block may be given to a female parakeet, in its cage, as a supplement. If you want very healthy chicks, you need to give the right supplements to the female birds.
Next, as for nuts or seeds, parakeet’s enjoy beans and sesame seeds to name a few. These nuts are good sources of protein and healthy fats. If you want to make sure that these birds live a good life, feeds them with a variation of these foods.
So the next time you head out to buy some bird food, think about starting your bird on a nut, seed, fruits and vegetable diet instead. There are so many of these foods to choose from and make part of your pet’s nutritional plan. Your little acrobatic winged buddy will be glad to have variety in his or her diet.