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Parakeet Food

The basis of your pet parakeet's diet should be a dry seed mix formulated specifically for parakeets. Sprouting seeds, fresh fruit and veg, a cuttlefish bone, and a mineral block complete the menu.

If you only offer dry seed to your birds for several months when you first get them, they may 'lose the taste' for any other type of food. This is something to avoid, as a bird that eats only dry seed may become overweight, especially of the seed mix contains lots of oily varieties such as millet.

Parakeet eating millet
Go easy on the millet!

Parakeet Food in the Wild

In their natural habitat in Australia, budgerigars eat mainly grass seeds. These are eaten at all stages of the grasses' development - when dry and ready to fall, freshly sprouted, or taking root. Parakeets also eat leaves from their favorite nesting and roosting tree, the eucalyptus. They will nibble fruits if these are available, and get themselves labelled as pests by descending on fields of barley, wheat and other crops.

Poor diet is responsible for the majority of parakeet deaths, something that may seem surprising if you think you've been supplying nothing but the best, in the form of a quality dry seed mix. The problem is that older seed loses its nutrients. Malnutrition can therefore be the result. The same problem may occur if the parakeets eat too many nutritionally poor but filling treats, such as bread, pasta and rice.

Parakeet Water

The birds' water should be changed every second day. Even bowl protected from falling food and poo will accumulate feathers, dust and seed husks as the parakeets flap around. They sometimes use their drinking bowl as a bath, too. The water needs to be clean – if it's fine for human consumption, it’s okay for parakeets too.

Parakeet water dispenser
A water dispenser attached to the cage minimises spillage

Parakeets' drinking water does not need to be fortified with vitamins or minerals – that will all be provided from the healthy diet. If medicine needs to be added to the water, clean the bowls and drinkers thoroughly every day.

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Mesbah, 9 March 2024

Nice post having some guideline on what feed my budgies, along with variation. However, besides the regular seeds, I regularly give different vegetables like basila, cauliflower etc to my budgies.

Simply, 7 June 2022

I disagree with this. Budgies do like seed, but it should be offered as a treat, not part of their main diet. If it is part of their main diet there is a high chance of fatty liver and other diseases. Instead, offer vegetables and pellets. Avoid brands like ZuPreem or Kaytee, though. Tops, Harrisons, and Roudybush are great pellet brands. I use Roudybush, and it costs the same if not less than seed if you buy a 44 oz off of amazon.

Mary, 5 June 2021

How much Sun should my Budgie get !

Karen, 9 August 2020

Hello Annette, it looks like no one has answered your query. I have been reading all I can on budgie care before I go and get a pair. Some things I’ve spotted already are that budgies shouldn’t have lettuce and you shouldn’t get a bird younger than 8 weeks, I’m sure they shouldn’t have bread either. All the information you need is in this post by

Annette, 9 June 2019

My budgie suddenly died I'm worried that I did something wrong, they still very young I got them in May this year and they were 6-7 weeks old. I ran out of budgie seed so I gave them 2-3days salad and bread to eat fresh water everyday. The one I have left is very sad he went to the dead friend tried to wake him now his calling for him. Will he adjust with a new friend. Please let me know so I don't make the same mistake, thanks