Your Pet Parakeet’s Nutritional Needs
Parakeets are small but athletic birds and they also have a lot of energy. Apart from being agile, these birds are very smart, thus they require lots of stimulation and playtime than what most people think. Because of those things, they need a healthy and balanced diet everyday. This does not mean that they have to be stuck with the same food for the rest of their lives. From time to time, it would be great for your to have these pets indulge in nuts and seeds.
In fact, parakeets enjoy the same fruits that humans also enjoy. Pears, apples and oranges are just a few examples. If it is their first time to eat these fruits, you can give them a slice and they will surely love it. You can use the fruit-feeding session as bonding time for you and your budgie. You are not only feeding the little pet, but you are training him to trust you. The same thing is true when you are giving the little bird seeds or nuts. Remember that these birds want vegetables as well. So, you may give the bird a bit of lettuce.
Green vegetables are some of the best things that you can to your bird’s diet. Many parakeets love the taste of cabbage leaves or broccoli leaves. More often than not, feeding parakeets leafy greens is not difficult because they can easily acquire a taste for those food. However, there one consideration and that is not all leafy greens are good for your parakeet. There are certain greens that can result in liver problem or calcium deficiencies. Consult with a veterinarian first before loading a parakeet’s diet with vegetables.
A good diet is also very important when breeding parakeets. As a supplement for the female period, during mating time, you can put a cuttlebone or a mineral block in its cage. A very healthy bird is likely to produce bouncing chicks.
So the next time you go out to buy food for our parakeet, buy seeds, vegetables and fruits. There are so many of these foods to choose from and make part of your pet’s nutritional plan. Your energetic winged pet will thank you not only for the well-balanced diet but he or she will thank you for a varied and exciting foo.