Pet stores offer several types of food for feathered Pets. But owners of budgies want to Supplement the diet of their Pets and other food. You need to know what products should be included in the menu of Pets to please them with delicious food without risk to their health. In the natural environment parrots feed on a variety of products. Their food is the shoots of young trees and their buds, berries and fruits, seeds and grains. When keeping at home, you also need to provide birds with a varied diet that supplies all the necessary elements.
General rules for creating a menu
Regardless of whether you buy ready-made food for birds, you must follow the main rules of the diet for a domestic budgie. The adult pet’s menu should include:
This product is considered the main one in the poultry menu. It is necessary to give two teaspoons daily, but some Pets this amount is not enough. You can increase the portion.
The grain must always be in the feeder.
Sprouted grains and legumes.
In this form, the products are digested better and provide a full supply of minerals and vitamins. The amount of sprouted food is determined by the age of the bird. The maximum dose is 2 teaspoons in seven to ten days. It is intended for parrots before passing the first molt. Then these foods should not be given so often, as they activate the synthesis of the sex hormone. Various types of cereals can be used in germination.
It is forbidden to use flax and hemp seeds for germination.
This food is necessary to maintain the normal condition of the bone system, feathers. In addition, these supplements activate the digestive processes. Mineral mixes are available in pet stores, but you can also prepare them yourself. The composition includes: charcoal and eggshells in equal quantities, chalk, divided into pieces of about 3 mm in size, shell. In the finished products offered in pet stores, there are cedar nut shells, crushed oyster shells, Sandstone, coral fractions, sea shells. Birds during molting in this composition need to add a little sulfur. Mineral additives are poured into a special container. They must be in the pet’s cage at all times. Weekly supplements need to be replaced.
Mineral stones, pieces of cuttlefish shell.
They are suppliers of phosphorus and magnesium, and the parrot needs them to sharpen its beak.
These foods contain a large amount of vitamins. You can give them several times every day.
It is cooked on water and served warm. For one serving, you need two teaspoons of cereals. The cooking time depends on the type of product. Barley is prepared for half an hour, corn, millet, rice, barley groats – 20 minutes, lentils, oat flakes, buckwheat – you need to cook for 10 minutes or steam with boiling water. Porridge parrot should be given three times a week. This food supplies many important trace elements, normalizes the metabolic processes.
This is a natural storehouse of vitamins and minerals. You can give parrots a green mass: strawberries, peas, oats, Canaries, perennial chaff, cypress, ezhovnik, Timothy, hedgehogs, pharmacy chamomile, clover, chicken millet, willow, lettuce and leaf lettuce, bluegrass, Wheatgrass, chicory, plantain, snyti, marsh vole. You can put young twigs with buds in the feeder. In winter, the greens are grown from food intended for parrots.
If you are not sure whether you can give your pet an unfamiliar herb that is not included in the list, it is better not to risk it
There are plants whose greens can not be given to Pets. This category includes: yarrow, coriander, tansy, horsetail, St. John’s wort, hyssop, Buttercup, sorrel, Basil, wormwood, dill, parsley, celery, celandine.
Branches from a berry Bush or fruit tree.
All parrots like to nibble something. The branches will help to satisfy this desire and will benefit the body. It should be noted that you need to take this natural material in ecologically clean places, remote from highways, industrial zones. Before placing the branches in the pet’s cage, they need to be kept in water for about four hours, washed, and scalded with boiling water. The resin must be removed. The best options are: currant, chestnut, Rowan, Apple, Rowan, birch, viburnum, sea buckthorn, beech, hazel, hawthorn, plum. There are also forbidden plants. Do not give the bird branches of oak, spruce, pine, fir, elderberry, acacia, juniper, cherry, lilac.
Budgies also have Goodies. But their number should be strictly limited. Otherwise, the pet will refuse regular food. In the category of treats should be only natural products. You can treat the bird with chumiz, mogar, red or Senegalese millet. You can not feed the parrot seeds, nuts or cones. You do not need to include concentrated food in the diet in the form of sticks. Their composition is supplemented with synthetic dyes and preservatives, it includes low-quality grain, vitamins in dry form.
In some cases, the body of the parrot is not enough vitamins coming from food. It is necessary to fill the deficit, eliminate violations of the functions of organs and systems. For the purpose of this course means you can only buy in the drugstore, specialty store. During the period of taking vitamins, you can not give pieces of vegetables and fruits. The supply of these elements should only be carried out by preparations added to water. You need to replace the water twice a day, as the quality of vitamins is lost quickly, the liquid spoils.
Vitamins should not be given to Pets until the first molt has passed.
It is a fundamental component. Without water in the pet’s body, the processes of metabolism, synthesis, and cell regeneration will not be able to pass efficiently. It should always be kept in the drinking bowl. The water changes regularly.
Compliance with these rules of nutrition of budgies will help to maintain the pet’s body in excellent condition. Using them, you can develop a varied and healthy diet that is sure to please your favorite pet.
Prohibitions and recommendations in feeding
It is important for owners of budgies to know not only the rules of a healthy and healthy diet, but also the prohibitions on certain products. This list includes: coffee and spirits, milk, cottage cheese, cheeses, sour cream, yoghurts, sausages, chocolate, canned goods, chips, meat and fish products. Sugar and salt are not added to poultry food, you can not feed your pet with confectionery, pickles, or give food from your mouth.
There are special rules for feeding a feathered pet before the first molt. Its diet includes cottage cheese and boiled eggs, sprouted grains pet requires more than an adult bird.
When creating a menu, you need to take into account the peculiarities of the digestive tract of the budgie. If he always has grains, greens, berries, vegetables, fruits, bark of young trees in his diet, then you can not worry about the pet’s health, it will be excellent.
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