What food should I feed a Bourkes Parakeet?

In the wild, Bourkes Parakeets feed on the ground (only occasionally in the trees), in pairs or small groups of 4-6.

They feed on the seeds of grasses and herbs.

A Bourkes Parakeet needs a balanced diet of high quality seed mix, pellets, dark leafy greens like kale, grains such as quinoa and brown rice, and other unsalted fresh or frozen organic vegetables like corn, carrots, peas, broccoli, green beans, squash.

They also enjoy safflower, sprouted seeds, boiled egg, and chopped apple.

Fruits and veggies should be grated or chopped finely and mixed with a pellet mush (Harrison’s or Roudybush or Totally Organic Pellets – soaked in hot water until mushy) and high quality seed mix like Higgens Parakeet or Dr Harvey’s Best Parakeet, and organic sugarfree baby food (a fruit or vegetable mix).

Mix all together in a large casserole dish and keep refridgerated.

Keep a cuddlebone in the cage at all times to provide calcium.

Grit is not required as this is for birds with gizzards who do not hull their seeds.

Bourkes Parakeets hull their seeds and therefore do not have a gizzard and do not require grit.

Grit can cause crop impaction which can be deadly.

Egg-bound Bourkes Parakeet

Excessive egg-laying is very hard on the female Bourkes Parakeet and depletes her calcium.

She becomes weakened, her bones brittle, and she is unable to pass the egg and can become egg-bound.

This is a life-threatening condition and must be taken care of by an avian vet immediately.

An egg-bound Bourkes Parakeet hen may pant, lay down on the bottom of the cage, strain, bob her tail up and down.

Make sure she has plenty of humidity – put her in the bathroom in her cage on the counter and run a hot shower till the room gets steamy.

Put some vegetable oil on her vent.

Give her plenty of calcium and egg food and make sure you have a full spectrum light so she can get the vitamin D she needs to process the calcium.

There are also vitamin D supplements available for birds.

You can gently massage her tummy around the egg too.

The most important thing you need to do is get her to an avian vet asap.

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