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i am changing the diet!!!

its about time my guys get some good seed!! they get the best of care, toys, outside time, and gyms, but i still have the same crappy seed (they also get zupreem pellets).

i am switching their seed to higgins rather than *the walmart brand* [hides] . when Pumble was my aunts he was fed walmart seed and i have just never stopped getting seed there until now. i am trying out both the supreme parakeet blend and the vita-parakeet blend from higgins. my guys are picky about the seeds they eat (i call them white-seed eaters) and they really only eat the red and white millet and the oats. that is exactly what is in the supreme blend, so there will be less waste! i like the vita blend, but there are a lot of pellets and weird seeds in there that will be wasted. I'm sure that they will be fine with the supreme blend and their zupreem pellets (and veggies). since i am buying higgins by the pound, i can't see what the "ingredients" are, but i am guessing that it is more natural that the walmarts list of ingredients which some of them i can even pronounce!


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This is what it say's about the mix you've chosen

"Higgins popular fortified, seed based diet is scientifically blended to meet your bird’s vitamin, mineral, amino acid, fiber, and digestive enzyme needs. An eye catching, premium mix that will attract even the finickiest of eaters. Diet includes: white, red and grey millet, oat groats, canary seed, hemp, papaya pieces, oyster shell, extruded pellets (Vita Krunch) and digestive cultures. Recommended by champion bird breeders and avian specialists."

I personally just use a locally sourced seed mix that isn't anything spectacular. I use plenty of fresh foods (and plenty of egg food for birds who are breeding/rearing chicks) and it seems to be keeping them going just fine. They thrive anyway! And I've been having great breeding results

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I keep it simple. I know I should give more greens, but they only eat lettuce (red leaf) and broccoli so I feel like I shouldn't feed those everyday they seem to be eating more pellets but are still eating more seed which is fine. I have also been trying to sprout seeds to the point where there is a leaf coming out, but I haven't got the method down yet. I put some of the failed seeds outside in a planter an they are growing nicely, not for food though

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Have you tried the water dish method for leafy greens? Just a shallow dish or even a plate with some spinach, curly kale, romaine lettuce etc. on it (or just one of them) and mist it all with water. They'll bathe on it but they'll also start to eat it Worked really well for me! My budgies aren't the best eaters but they are naturally seed eaters so heaven alone knows why people try to take their seeds away from them Mine pretty much won't touch any fruit except for maybe the odd bit of grated apple, veggies they like grated carrots but again not much else!

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No I haven't tried that yet. I was thinking about getting a ceramic food bowl at the dollar store for a pool. I did get a bowl yesterday, but I filled it with seeds and pellets for their foraging area. This is heavy enough so pickle won't drag it off the cage. I still have to get more things from the dollar store, so I will probably get another bowl for water. Right now if I clip lettuce and broccoli to the tree they will eat it all

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Budgies are grass parakeets in nature. Can't you get some risp grass from the garden or the park? My guys get it every day im summer, and they love it.
You could also collect some chick weed, that's very good for birdie's health.
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i am sprouting seeds again and it is only the second day and i see sprouts coming out! i want to find somewhere locally that sells barley seed. you can grow barley 'fodder' and feed it to livestock (i would feed it to my rabbit). i am not sure if the birds could eat barley, but it would be fun for them to play in. i believe that you can also do it with oats, but it takes longer

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