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What vitamins do budgies in a bird room need?

okay guys my daughters and I have budgies in a bird room a.k.a a shed. Temperature is fine and they seem fine, we feed them good quality seed with shell grit mixed in by us ( although we are researching the pros and cons of shell grit) cuttlebone, water (good quality) and are wormed regularly. What I want to know is what other vitamins do they need besides I think it's d3. Also we feed egg and biscuit as a side dish.

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Introduce some fruit and veg to the budgies, mine love corn, carrot and silver beet but there is a wide variety that can be given to them.

Thanks

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I serve oyster shell grit in its own dish, not mixed with the seeds. It might help you keep track of how much they go through better. I don't believe budgies need grit for their gizzards., but oyster shell or mineral grit is an important source of calcium and other minerals.

 

If your birds have access to an outdoor flight with direct sunshine, then they can make their own vitamin D3, but if the sun doesn't reach them inside the shed (direct sun, not filtered through glass), then the Vitamin D3 is essential in order for them to assimilate calcium. You can give them all the calcium you can find, but if they are deficient in Vit D3, then they will be deficient in calcium as well.

 

Ditto Budgie Lov3r on the veggies and fruits, especially greens, and in season, green seeding grasses. Dried seeds as in mixes are not really that much of a wild budgie's diet, so the more you can offer fresh green foods, the healthier they will be. You are lucky in Australia that you have access to so many native plants. But there are a lot of suitable weeds and grasses growing outside in the rest of the world too. Just make sure that you only harvest them where you know they have not been sprayed with any chemicals, and not from along roadsides where automobile exhaust can coat them.

 

One other supplement that I think is worth noting is ACV (Apple Cider VInegar). It is said to contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients. If you google it, you will hear people raving about it as a miracle cure for just about everything under the sun. But if you take all that with a grain of salt and just consider it as a nutrient packed natural health food, it is one thing that can be very easily added to your feeding regimen. I use about a teaspoon to a half liter of water, and give it to the birds about once a month. I think there are also many other methods of how much to use and how often. The one thing you have to make sure of, though, is to get the unfiltered kind, which has the "mother" in it. That is the sludge you will see on the bottom of the jar. ;)

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Thanks guys you have both been a great help and your information gives me a good starting point to work from.

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Just an update. Thanks again for the information it was most helpfull, I have started introducing fruit and vegetables to my flock as well as acv ( thanks finnie, and you were right some people do consider it a cure all) have also added calcivet.the more we are reading the more we are learning, budgie breeders forum is quite the repository of valuable information.

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As long as it isn't the suppository of all wisdom lol

 

 

Ha Ha! Jimmy, you crack me up! (Insert emoticon here, if only they still worked! You know, the yellow smiley rolling on the floor laughing.)

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