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.