Budgies enjoy a varied diet of seeds, fruits and vegetables. Budgerigars are vegetarians so stop preparing that juicy stake for your new friend and head down to your local pet store or super market to stock up on some more budgie friendly snacks.
Budgies love vegetables, which are a great source of vitamins and minerals, helping your Budgie stay happy, healthy and energetic. Safe vegetables include: Beet, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Cucumber, all Cabbage varieties, fresh Beans, fresh Romane Lettuce, fresh Peas, Parsnip, all Pepper varieties, all Squash varieties, Sweet potatoes, Tomato, Turnip, Yams and Zucchini.
Whole Grains and Cereals
In their natural habitat budgies thrive on grass seeds, but in a contained environment we can spice their diet up with things like: Amaranth, Barley, Couscous, Flax, whole-grain Pastas, Oat, Quinoa, Whole-Wheat, Wild-Rice and whole Rices.
Budgies also enjoy Grains and Legumes including Almonds, Beans, Lentils, Peas, Nuts, Tofu, Adzuki beans, Alfalfa beans, Buckwheat, Lentils, Mungo beans, Pinto beans, Red Kidney beans, Sesame seeds and Sunflower seeds. Avoid Lima and Navy beans' sprouts because they are toxic for budgies. Budgies also enjoy Millet and this can be used as a treat or reward.
Flowers and Blossoms
When it comes to flora, budgies don’t discriminate too much and certain flowers and blossoms are good for their diet. Take not that certain leaves from these plants can be poisonous to your budgie so take care. Carnations, Chamomille, Chives, Dandelion, Day Lilies, Eucalyptus, Fruit tree's blossoms, Herbs' blossoms, Hibiscus, Honeysuckle, Impatiens, Lilac, Nasturiums, Pansies, Passion Flower (Passiflora), Roses, Sunflowers, Tulips and Violets can all be beneficial to your Budgies health and part of a balanced diet.
Certain greens can cause calcium deficiencies, liver damage, and other health problems for Budgies if fed regularly. However some safe greens that your budgie will enjoy include: Bok-Choi, Broccoli &/or Cauliflower leaves, Cabbage leaves, Collard greens, Dandelion leaves, Kelp, Mustard leaves, Seaweeds, Spirulina and Water cress.
A Budgie eating Fresh Millet
Don’t feed budgies certain foods
There are certain foods that you should never give your budgerigar, or it may end up as a case of killing them with kindness. Foods such as chocolate, alcohol or avocado are a nice treat for humans, but can be lethal for budgies. Foods and products containing lactose, garlic and onions should also be avoided as they also carry the danger of toxicosis for budgies.
If you are unsure if something is good or bad for your budgie you are best off consulting a vet before feeding it to them!