Birds on a good seed with fresh fruit and veggies should need all that extra stuff. I don't reckon it can be very healthy. A good - cheaper - treat for once a week or so would be a crushed up hard boiled egg, I know mine don't like it but alot of people's birds do.
For the regular everyday basic feed, a plain seed mix. I get a basic parakeet mix seed with a couple of different kinds of seed in it, and none of the colored stuff and fat. It looks something like this...
And then I give all the extras Karen mentioned on the side. (Veggies, etc.) I don't actually buy all the "special tonic" seed mixes and all that. If the birds need a special treat, then there are lots of healthier, simpler things you can give.
I got the cage from Petco today. it was on clearance for $17! It was originally $70!!! I got soma pictures of it.
All the toys and such aren't fully moved in the cage yet, so it looks partially empty. I had a friend over for a birthday celebration (yes I just turned 11, I still have birthday parties). They gave me a mirror and a ladder to put in the cage. These pictures were taken before the party though. Would you recomend moving anything around in the cage or is it good where it is? I'm looking for a stand to keep the cage of the ground. I don't want my dog, Maxx, sticking his head in the cage.
I think i'll use the EggCite as a treat ever other day.
very nice cage Blaine, is your profile right though cos on there its says you are 18 lol, and hey parties are great at any age. Hoep you had a great day
You have to be 16 or older to make an account on ProBoards. I would know, i've tried putting in age 10 before. I picked a random birth year, it turned out to be 17. Since my birthday was Monday my profile says 18. Does that explain it enough?
I still can't fathom the fact that the cage was only $17! It's really easy cleaning too. There's a tray on the bottom that slides in and out. All you do is pull the tray out and clean it. (of course you clean the bars of the cage too) I had a question about cleaning. What would you recommend cleaning with? I've been thinking about using a spray and a sponge type thing. Would that work for cleaning a bird cage?
I also love the different places you can get in the cage from. A lot of cages just have the one main door on the front of the cage, this one is different. You can get in through the main door (of course), there's also 2 sliding doors on either side(very cool!), and there's an entrance way on the top of the cage. This way I won't have to maneuver my arm through the cage to get to what I want.
Does this cage sound good for $17? I know the other ones at Petco were around $50 for a cage half that size. I also found the tag that goes with the cage. The original price was...... *drum roll* $70! I saved $53 dollars on the cage! How much money have you guys spent on cages?
The cage is fambidabbyy!! great! and what a bargain
answer to your question, i feed my birds on a quality seed mix, and then i feed fruit and veg.I make alot of my own mixes, with eggfood, egg, Beapher food, and various things. I buy lots of different things from a health food shop, including nuts, seeds, beans and herbs. For the budgies, i make sure its chopped really small, through the mixer. The thing i wont do, is buy seed by weight, out of the bins. I am worried its not up to a good quality, and dusty. If you go into a shop like this, put your hand in, and you may see what i mean. You will get a reside dust on your hand.
When you do get your Budgie, perhaps ask for some of the feed, so you can mix it in slowly..to change over. or at least what they are feeding it with, so you can buy a little for yourself.
That won't stop them! If the bird is small enough they will squirm their way inside and then they can usually lift the lid off. My mothers peachface just sticks his head in and lifts it off if we don't provide easy access to it. I've offered him a proper bird bath but he's afraid of it. You could always just have a proper bird bath attached all the time instead of a drinking bowl - it probably will get used to it and when it wants a bath will use it. My aviary always has bath water but some only like to be misted with one of those hair squirter bottles.