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Are orange peels okay for budgies to eat or chew on?

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I personally have never tried to feed my birds anykind of citrus based food, so would not know... I hope someone else has the answer for you, it would be interesting to know...

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Are orange peels okay for budgies to eat or chew on?

You really want to feed them the whole orange, insides aswell thats the good bit , just make sure there are no bad spots on the peel , this will make them sick , just cut it off then feed it to them .

I also give them lemons.

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I too have never tried to feed my birds oranges but apples(i don't give them he seed) and carrots they really like. I also empty my seed in one section of the garden & feed them the whole plant when it grows. They really love this.

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thanks for the replies

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I've given my budgies whole orange slices with peels on fairly regularly. Here in the US when we ship birds it is common practice among breeders to place orange slices with them when unable to supply fresh water for them to survive the trip. Mine love tearing up the peels.

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for some reason l always presumed that oranges where not good for them.

l would like to give my budgies some oranges and see if they like it.

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Common sense tells me that they would get the best from the orange flesh and that the peel would be too strong in oils for them :blink: dont really know for sure.

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And do you need to take the seeds out as you do with apples? Or will they just not bother with the pips?

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And do you need to take the seeds out as you do with apples? Or will they just not bother with the pips?

 

I dont know about the seeds. When i cut fruit for the birds i am also doing it for the kids so i take out the seeds for all...

 

"2 slices for the birds, 1 for the kids, 2 for the birds, 1 for the kids, 3 for the birds.... mmm no more fruit left. Hey Kids, Do you want to feed the birds your fruit?"

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"2 slices for the birds, 1 for the kids, 2 for the birds, 1 for the kids, 3 for the birds.... mmm no more fruit left. Hey Kids, Do you want to feed the birds your fruit?"

(Laughing out loud)...... :(:):D

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:ygbudgie: Apple seeds can be deadly for birds and hamsters. I don't know about orange seeds, guess they are okay but to just provide the orange peel (used as orange zest in cooking) doesn't seem right at all as it has intense flavour, oil and no nutrition. Best you just give them the flesh of the orange where they get the vitamins, fluids and pulp and I do sometimes add chopped orange to their veggie mixture, my late Rosey Bourke quite liked it . THAT cannot hurt them unless they get too much of it. :(

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Personally not sure, but heard saying that few birds play with orange peels.

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Orange peels can be offered to budgies as a treat, but it's essential to do so in moderation and with certain precautions:

  1. Freshness: Ensure that the orange peels are fresh and free from any mold or signs of spoilage. Moldy or rotten peels can be harmful to budgies and should be avoided.

  2. Organic: Whenever possible, use organic oranges to minimize the risk of pesticide exposure. Washing the oranges thoroughly before peeling can also help remove any residues.

  3. Preparation: Remove any seeds from the orange peels before offering them to your budgie. Seeds can be a choking hazard and should not be consumed.

  4. Moderation: Orange peels should be offered as an occasional treat rather than a staple in the budgie's diet. While budgies may enjoy the taste and texture of orange peels, too much citrus can upset their digestive system due to its acidity.

  5. Supervision: When introducing new foods or treats to your budgie, monitor their reaction and consumption. Some budgies may not show interest in orange peels, while others may enjoy nibbling on them.

  6. Variety: Offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as part of your budgie's diet to ensure they receive a balanced nutrition. Orange peels can be one of many options, including apple slices, carrot sticks, and leafy greens.

Overall, orange peels can be a safe and enjoyable treat for budgies when offered responsibly and in moderation. However, it's essential to consider individual preferences and dietary needs when introducing new foods to your feathered friend. If you notice any adverse reactions or digestive issues after offering orange peels, discontinue them and consult with a avian veterinarian for guidance.

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