Do I have to feed my parakeet fruit and veggies???

I recently got a parakeet and the food that I got is made by hartz and the label says it is complete nutrition and it contains different kinds of millet, corn, and dried fruits and veggies so I was wondering if I still have to feed him fruit and veggies. Right now it is cold were I live and it is not garden season so I can't get organic fruit and veggies I have to buy them from the store which the fruit and vegetables there contains pesticides so what do I do???? Also I got carrots in a bag and it says the carrots are ready to eat and there are no preservatives. Would those be ok to feed my parakeet??????

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Mar 28, 2013
by: Alex

What colour or colours is your budgie?


There are endless possibilities.

Let us know what you decide to name him when you have decided.

Mar 28, 2013
by: Alex

It is so nice of you to care so much for your new feathered friend, and we will always be here if you need advice or tips.

I have asked a number myself on here as nobody knows everything

My birds are on Harrison's and if they are on quality pellets or if you are unable the dried veggies will be fine without supplementation with fresh stuff.

Fresh food just makes a nice addition and contains better nutrition than dried, but like mine, some will not touch the stuff.

So don't worry, if they will eat fresh, then good, if they don't, no need to worry.

I wish you both the best of luck in becoming good and loving friends.

Mar 27, 2013
Do I have to feed my parakeet fruit and veggies???
by: Anonymous

Thanks Tracie so much for responding!!!! This helped me ALOT. I am only between the ages 11 and 14 years old and a first time bird parent and I don't want anything bad to happen to my little sweet heart. :) I love him sooooo much! I still haven't picked out a name so if you have any good names PLEASE share! Thanks again for all the info!

Mar 27, 2013
Feeding veggies to parakeet
by: Tracie

You are so sweet being so worried about all of this! I am glad you are such a great bird parent. :-)

Here is the deal. You are doing the best you can, so be happy about that. The reason high quality pellets are important, is because there is NO WAY to get a bird to eat what they are supposed to eat in captivity. You may put all the fresh organic healthy foods in the cage, but the bird may eat all of one thing and nothing of another that has something they need for good liver function, for instance.

Hartz in all honesty is not so great, but is it MUCH better than feeding your bird an all seed diet. If you can purchase Harrison's or Roudybush pellets then that would be much better. You don't want your bird eating a bunch of sugar and chemicals or anything artificially colored.

I don't know if you are a child or an adult, so if you are a child and your parent will not allow you to purchase better quality pellets, then know you are feeding the bird a MUCH, much better diet than many parakeet owners that feed only seeds.

Budgies, that are parakeets, should eat about 70% pellets and only 30% treats including seed. If you wish to attach a piece of veggie or fruit to the cage for them to nibble, that is fine, but don't stress if they don't eat it. Their nutrition is coming from the pellets and seed for the most part.

Even switching to different pellets can sometimes be difficult for birds. Sometimes they eat whatever you give them though, like my birds. If you are able to switch to better pellets, below are a couple of articles that will help if your birds are resistant to change. Pick whatever method you are most comfortable with.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Switching Budgies To Pellets article

Thanks again for being so concerned. :-)

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