I get lots of questions about what I feed the flock, so here is a rundown.
Pellets – these are in their cage all day. Seed is only available in the afternoon/evening.Mash – the birds get mash in the morning. Not having seeds available in the morning (I take them out at night) is one of the reasons I think our birds enjoy their mash. I think it also helps that we have a couple adventurous eaters to set a good example.
They get veggie or fruit mash*, but mostly veggie. I just made some veggie mash recently. The flock enjoys zucchini, carrot and broccoli (grated), cauliflower (the riced cauliflower is convenient), peas, squash and corn (I use the blender for those), and peppers (red, green, yellow and orange bell). I like to vary the mixes so that the birds aren’t eating the same thing every day. Always make sure to check and see if the fruit or vegetables you are using are safe for you birds.I use organic baby food to hold the mash together, then freeze it in cubes. I thaw out about three for their morning meal (which is enough for 7 budgies and 1 cockatiel). I also make a grain mixture (lentils, kamut, brown rice, etc.) that I freeze in cubes.I take turns sprinkling herbs, hemp seeds, ground flax seed, a tiny pinch of turmeric, grated almonds or grated walnuts on the mash. Sometimes I tear up Romaine, spinach, baby kale or fresh herbs and top the mash with that. Other times I mix in some pasta or oatmeal with the mash. Crumbled avi-cakes are also a good topper.The mash stays in the cage for a couple hours, tops. I put the seed in for them in the late afternoon evening. Sometimes I’ll give them Romaine lettuce, broccoli florets, apple slices, pepper strips, melon or strawberries to snack on. This is the seed that we use. I’ve tried others, but this one seems the most popular. I mix Oats and Groats in with the seed. Millet is for special occasions, or if a budgie is not feeling 100%. This is the brand we buy. Other snacks are organic rice cakes and organic (plain) popcorn that I air pop.*Fruits that I put in the fruit mash are apples, kiwis, mangoes, pears, bananas, peaches and berries. I use organic fruit babyfood to bind the fruit together before I freeze it in cubes.
Once a week (on different days) the birds get supplements in their water. apple cider vinegar, milk thistle, liquid iodine or liquid calcium (Cooper tears apart cuttlebones as soon as I put them in the cage).
We ended up taking Cooper to the vet again on Tuesday evening. She had been losing weight and not eating. When we got to the vet she vomited what she did eat. So she was checked in overnight for fluids and feedings. Our vet did a fecal test as well. The next day we found out that Cooper has avian gastric yeast, so she’s on meds for that now. And what a difference they made.
A not very good photo of Cooper being picked up from the vet’s office.When we got her home, Cooper was full of energy. She even did 3 loop the loops on the little perch Harry made for her. We gave her a bit of food and put her to bed.Here she is after eating her mash today. She is still in her “tub” where she will be for at least 10 days. She can visit with the budgies for a bit, but only from her tub (she needs to be quarantined). Seeing the budgies eating stimulates her appetite. Here’s a little video of her eating next to them. We’re so happy she’s back with us and are hoping the third time is the charm!