Your budgies’ diet

Your budgies’ diet is really important to their health and happiness – and they need plenty of exercise, too.

Follow our vets’ tips and give your bird a well-rounded diet.

Feeding your budgie

Here’s what our vets’ recommend for a balanced budgie diet:

  • Good quality pellet budgie food. We recommend pelleted foods because they contain all the right nutrients in the right amounts. Follow the feeding guidelines on the back of the packet and replace any uneaten food every day.
  • Bird grit, which you can buy from pet shops. Budgies can’t chew their food – they don’t have teeth! Grit helps them grind their food in their stomach.
  • Vitamin supplements. Speak to your vet to see what they recommend for your budgie.
  • Water should be available at all times. You can buy a suitable water drinker from pet shops. Clean it every day to keep water fresh and safe to drink.

Budgie-friendly fruit and veg

You can give your budgie small amounts of these fruits and vegetables.

Wash them carefully to remove any chemicals or pesticides and cut them into small chunks. Give them to your budgie in a separate bowl from their usual pellet food.

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

Introducing new foods to your budgie’s diet

Changing your budgie’s diet suddenly can give them an upset stomach. It’s best to introduce new foods slowly over at least a week.

If your budgie eats seed and you’d like to change their diet to healthier pellets, do this gradually.

It’s a tricky change but can be done over a few weeks:

  • Make sure pellets are always available for your bird at first.
  • Slowly reduce the amount of seed you give them.
  • Don’t take the seed away completely until you’re sure your budgie is eating the pellets and fresh food.
  • If you’re worried or would like more advice, speak to your vet.

Stopping your budgie putting on weight

Just like any animal, budgies can easily put on weight if they don’t get the right diet and exercise. Pet obesity is a growing problem in the UK and causes all sorts of health problems.

You can keep your budgie at their ideal weight by:

  • Choosing a good quality pellet food and following the feeding guidelines on the packet.
  • Avoiding seed-based diets. Seeds are high in fat.
  • Keeping sugary or high-fat food like millet sprays and honey sticks as an occasional treat.
    Giving your budgie room to fly – see our advice on the ideal home for budgies.

Budgie exercise: free flying

Help your budgie stay fit and healthy by giving them a spacious aviary that they can fly around in.

If your budgie is tame and used to humans, you can let them fly free from their cage. This is great exercise for your bird.

Make sure you only let them fly in a safe room and that you supervise them at all times:

  • Close all windows and doors.
  • Turn off any fans, ceiling fans, extractor fans, and paper shredders.
  • Keep other pets out of the room.

Make sure they don’t nibble on things that could be poisonous to budgies – e.g. paint, curtain rings etc. Read more about household hazards for your pets.