Feeding your budgies 

What should I feed my budgies? 

You should feed your budgies with good quality, commercially available budgie food. Complete pelleted foods are recommended because they contain the right amount and type of essential nutrients. In addition, fruit and vegetables can be offered in small quantities. The following are all good for budgies:

  •  Apple 
  • Sweet potato 
  • Salad cress 
  • Grated carrot 
  • Grapes 
  • Pumpkin 
  • Winter squash 
  • Broccoli 
  • Parsley 
  • Spinach 
  • Mango 
  • Papaya


Wash all the fruit and vegetables well to remove any chemicals, and cut them into manageable-sized pieces. You don't have to take the skin off. Give them to your budgies in a separate dish from the seeds. 

How can I safely introduce new foods to my budgies? 

Suddenly changing the food you give your budgies can upset their digestive system, so always introduce new foods gradually over at least a week, unless your vet tells you otherwise. 

Are seed-based diets suitable for budgies? 

Seeds are high in fat, so a seed-based diet is often associated with obesity. Millet sprays are often given to budgies, but these are also very high in fat so should only be offered very occasionally. The risk of obesity is greater if the budgies are housed in a cage rather than an aviary, because they have less opportunity to fly around and exercise.

How can I get my budgies to eat pellets instead of seed? 

It can be difficult to encourage a mature bird raised on seeds to convert to eating pellets. This process may take weeks and the best way to do it is to have the pellets constantly available, while gradually reducing the amount of seed. You should never withdraw the seeds until you are totally convinced that your budgie is eating the pellets and fresh foods. If in doubt, ask a vet with a special interest in birds for advice.

How often should I feed my budgies?

Feed your budgies every day to make sure they always have food available. Replace any uneaten food daily.

How much should I feed my budgies? 

You can allow your budgies to always have food available, but also follow the packet guidelines on amounts to feed. 

Do my budgies need a vitamin supplement? 

Many of the health problems seen in budgies are due to an inappropriate diet (especially if they are fed a seed-based diet). Appropriate vitamin supplements are therefore recommended. Ask your vet (ideally a vet with a special interest in birds) for advice about which supplement to use. 

Do budgies need to be given grit? 

Yes. Because birds don’t have teeth many, including budgies, need to eat suitable bird grit to help grind their food in their stomach and aid digestion. Grit suitable for pet birds is available from pet shops. 

Can I feed my budgies treats? 

Sugar-based treats (e.g. “honey sticks”) should be kept to a minimum as they can contribute to obesity. Equally, millet sprays are high in fat so should only be given occasionally. Your budgies will enjoy trying different fruit and vegetables.

Image showing a suitable budgie drinker

Water for your budgies 

What’s the best way to provide water for my budgies? 

Budgies need constant access to fresh clean drinking water from a suitable water drinker, available from pet shops. Clean the drinkers every day. 

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