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Harrison’s Bird Foods

Lafeber Bird Foods


  • Female budgies can lay eggs even with no male present and can be come egg-bound. Call for advice if your budgie is prone to laying eggs
  • Respiratory infections are common in budgies: Tail bobbing, sitting on the bottom of the cage and fluffed feathers 
  • Mites are commonly seen on the face and feet of budgies
  • Feather destruction behavior is a complex problem that should be addressed promptly
  • Weight loss or poor appetite are common signs of illness 
    • You can monitor eating by monitoring droppings- the dark part is the feces and it should be the largest part of each dropping- seek advice if feces are becoming smaller or consistently smaller than the white part of the droppings (urates) 

Food and Water

  • The best diet for a budgie is a mixture of a pellets, seed and fresh vegetables  
  • Pellets should make up at least 50% of the diet (Harrison’s, Zupreem, Roudy Bush)
  • Seed mixtures for budgies can make up about 25% of the diet 
  • Fresh veggies should make up about 25% of the diet
    • Carrots, Sweet Potato, Dark leafy greens, Celery, Squash, Broccoli
    •  Food clips can help make veggies easier to eat
  • For budgies, who are die-hard seed eaters, Lafeber Nutriberries and Harrison’s High Potency Mash can be helpful tools to help improve their diet
  • Make sure to clean out and freshen food bowls daily
  • Water dishes must be cleaned and refilled daily


  •  Many budgies can become well socialized and even learn extensive vocabulary
  • For best socializing, budgies should be handled daily starting at a very young age
  • Budgies enjoy companionship, but new introductions should be done slowly 
  • A normal budgie life-span is 4-7 years, though some will live much longer


  • Cardboard, wicker and durable parrot toys make great toys
  • Avoid metal toys that may contain zinc or lead
  • Avoid things that mimic nests (tents, boxes, etc) and mirrors - These can stimulate reproductive behavior 


  • A budgie’s house should be big enough for them to stretch out and explore
  • The bottom of the cage should be lined with paper above the grates and changed daily
  • Cages should be placed in a high up location in a visible but low traffic area 
  • Time outside the cage should only occur for socialized and wing-clipped birds 
    • Potential hazards: ceiling fans, getting outside, dogs and cats, windows
  • Perches should be kept at multiple different levels of the cage
  • Perches should vary in size, but the highest one will be their most used perch (Their foot should wrap ¾ the way around this perch)
  • Budgies need UVB light
    • The best source of UVB light is direct sunlight unfiltered by glass 
    • Taking birds outside can be healthy and enriching, but extreme caution is needed
    • A UVB light can be placed 12 inches above the cage and should run 6 hours per day


  • Regular nail trims are needed- the tip of the nail should be flat with the toe pad
  • Wing trims are encouraged 
  • Bathing should be done 2-3 times per week by gently misting above the cage 
  • Beak trims are only necessary if there is a medical concern (beak injury, scissor beak)