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.

Bourkes Parakeet Bird Safety 101

Make sure no other pets have access to the bird or bird cage: especially cats, dogs, ferrets.

These are predators.

Birds are prey animals.

Make sure all doors and windows are closed.

Windows and mirrors should be covered to prevent birds from flying into them.

Toxic substances should not be available for curious birds to chew or injest: alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, avocado, etc.

Teflon (found in non-stick surfaces like cookware, hair dryers, portable space heaters), candles, perfumes, incense, paint, nail polish, febreeze and other air fresheners, and harsh cleaners should not be used anywhere near your birds as they are toxic and the fumes from these can cause death.

Avoid loose bedding as it can cause crop impaction and easily grows deadly mold.

Sand perches cause bumblefoot and other foot sores.

Mite protectors harsh fumes are toxic for birds.


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