Budgerigars diet

Why do budgies need a bit of grit in their food? How do I stop my budgie from getting a bulge? How to get your budgie to change to eating pellets?

What food should I give to my budgie?


  • Feed your budgies good quality, commercially available budgie food every day. We recommend complete pelleted foods, as they contain the right nutrients in the right amount. Always follow the amounts on the packet guidelines. Replace any uneaten food daily.

  • Give them bird grit, available from pet shops. This helps them grind their food in their stomach and helps with digestion as budgies, like other birds, have no teeth.

  • Give vitamin supplements recommended by your vet. 

  • Can I also give my budgie fruit and vegetables?
    Yes, you can give the items below in small quantities. Wash them first to remove any chemical traces. Cut them into smaller pieces. You don’t need to take the skin off. give them to your budgies in a separate bowl from their pellets.

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

How do I stop my budgie becoming obese?

  • Feed your budgies good quality, commercially available budgie food in pellets. Follow the packet guidelines for how much to feed.

  • Beware of seed-based diets. Seeds are high in fat. 

  • Be sparing with millet sprays. These are also very high in fat – only offer them very occasionally. Keep sugar-based treats, e.g. ‘honey sticks’ to a minimum.

  • Keep your budgie in an aviary or indoor flight. Budgies kept in cages have less opportunity to fly, exercise and burn off calories.


How can I safely introduce new foods to my budgerigars?

Changing a budgie’s diet suddenly can upset their digestive system. So always introduce new foods gradually over at least a week, unless your vet tells you otherwise.


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

It can be tricky and may take weeks, but it can be done. It is important as seed-only diets can lead to obesity. Always have the pellets available, while gradually reducing the amount of seed. Never withdraw the seeds until you’re 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.


Water for my budgie

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

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