Hi all! I have a question about diet for a Bourke parakeet. I currently have an English Budgie, he eats zupreem fruit blend pellets as his staple and he gets offered veggies on occassion (he really only likes corn, but I still like to offer variety as much as possible!)
I am getting a baby Bourke and I wanted to know if it will be able to eat the pellets as well, or if they really do need seed? I am getting it unweaned, so it is really up to me as to what the diet is going to be because it won't have exposure to anything except formula when it comes to me.
When the baby is old enough (and done with quarantine) it is going to be allowed out with my budgie during the day when we are home, and if I can get the two of them sharing the same diet it will be easiest for me. Can I mix seeds in with the pellets to suffice both birds? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
(Oh and if you're on TalkBudgies, this is a secret! no one there knows about my baby yet, it's going to be a surprise
I would not feed a Bourke pellets personally.
Mine get a good quality seed mix, a mixture of Budgie, Canary, Cockatiel anda tiny bit of Parrot gets mixed in. They then get dry eggfood 24/7, frutti patee 24/7, the usual cuttlefish iodine etc, they need plenty of fresh foods as well and should be given a big variety of fresh veg everyday, mine get a mix of corn, peas, spinach, cucumber, bell peppers, sprouts, carrots, broccolli, celery as standard then anything extra I can get them.
Regarding letting them out together you may find they have no interest at all in each other and be very mindful the Budgie does not bully the Bourke as they are normally very laid back and placid birds, howevr I have one hen Bourke who does not take anything from the Budgies and will kick them off the perch so if you get one with that personality you really need to watch them lol.
Also make sure they have a really big cage (don't house with the Budgie obviously), as Bourkes do not fly like other bird species, they appear to flutter so need more space to fly around than people think.