Facts About Healthy Parakeet Food
Many people are interested in finding out more about parakeet food. These beautifully marked and colorful birds have become extremely popular in the typical American household. These birds are very smart and tend to be full of personality. Typically most that are pets come in shades of blue or green and are relatively friendly if handled carefully at a young age. Throughout this article we will examine all you need to know about having parakeets as pets with an emphasis on parakeet food.
Many pet parakeets are known as a budgie (Budgerigar). These pets are very friendly and extremely easy to care for. Furthermore, they are relatively inexpensive in comparison to most other types of parakeets. Almost all parakeets are active and fly within their cages from one perch to another if the cage is big enough. Furthermore, they love chew toys and climbing on whatever is available. For this reason, anyone having a parakeet should make sure the cage is large enough to compliment his or her activity level. As mentioned above, these birds are extremely intelligent and can therefore be taught tricks and small amounts of talking without too much effort. A really neat fact about parakeets is the bonding between males and females for life.
Now that we have explored the very basics of parakeets, let’s delve into the main topic of food for your parakeet. Being native to Australia, these wild birds fed off of grass, berries, fruits, and seeds in order to obtain the nutrients they needed for survival. It is always important to look at how parakeets eat in the wild when trying to adapt them to a domesticated lifestyle. Therefore, a diet of just seeds is not enough for your parakeet’s diet. Obviously you are able to purchase food for your new pet at a variety of different pet stores nearby. However, these parakeets require a balanced diet containing everything from seeds and nuts to vegetables, fruits, and herbs. If you do decide to purchase parakeet food from your local store it is best that you make sure each of the categories listed above are within the food. Many brands also include bee pollen within their mixture.
The best recommended diet for a parakeet consists of fifty percent of cooked beans, rice, pasta, and whole wheat bread. The remaining percentage is broken down as follows: five percent of tuna, eggs, or other cooked meat and forty-five percent of vegetables such as yams, broccoli, and carrots, in a combination with orange or green fruits. Furthermore, it is essential that you understand to never feed your parakeet dairy products, chocolates, or any type of junk food (this includes potato chips). It is also recommended that you avoid feeding your parakeet fruits that still contain seeds. Therefore, be sure to combine the items listed above with seeds. Never worry about your parakeet overeating, this simply does not happen. Also, never mistaken the hulls from the seeds as food. Make sure to restock the parakeet food daily within their cage.
In conclusion, a balance died of parakeet food is essential for proper nutrition and growth of your parakeet. Make sure you are meeting all the nutritional requirements and are not merely feeding your parakeet seeds. These seeds need to be given in combination with fruits, vegetables, greens, rice, and the other items listed above. These parakeets make great pets and can live longer in captivity than in the wild if provided with a balanced diet and socialization with people. Note that these vibrant and energetic birds love being the center of attention, and along with a proper diet require companionship.