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What can budgies eat?

Here at the Jackson Budgies we give our birds the fantastic Johnston and Jeff champions choice seed. We personally find this the best as it’s not dusty like many seeds can be. Some people do suggest feeding pellets and whilst this would be ideal in an ideal world… 80% of budgies do not like it so we do not feed it ourselves.

We also give our budgies regular fresh greens and veg. We mainly give them kale, spinach, broccoli, carrot tops and corn on the cob, but there are many other veg that you can try with your new friend!

Here is a list of fresh veg/herbs that you can safely feed your budgies:

  • Asparagus

  • Aubergine (fruiting bodies only, without the stalk ‘hat’)

  • Basil

  • Beetroot

  • Borage

  • Broccoli

  • Brussels sprouts (chopped up)

  • Carrots (and carrot greens)

  • Cauliflower

  • Celery (stalks only)

  • Chard

  • Chervil

  • Chicory

  • Chinese leaves

  • Chives

  • Cilantro

  • Coriander

  • Courgette (Zucchini)

  • Cress

  • Cucumber

  • Endive

  • Fennel

  • Jerusalem artichoke

  • Kale

  • Kohlrabi

  • Lemon Balm

  • Lemongrass

  • Lettuce (romaine- NEVER iceberg)

  • Lovage

  • Marjoram

  • Mustard greens

  • Pak choi

  • Parsley

  • Parsnip

  • Peas (podded)

  • Peppers of all kinds (even spicy ones)

  • Pumpkin

  • Purslane

  • Radish

  • Rocket

  • Rutabaga

  • Salsify

  • Salad burnet

  • Savoy cabbage

  • Sorrel

  • Spinach

  • Spring greens

  • Squash

  • Sweet Potatoes

  • Sweetcorn

  • Tarragon

  • Tomato (ripe ones only)

  • Turnip tops (the green sprouts)

  • Yam


You can also give your budgie fruits, but you need to give this sparingly as it is very sweet for budgies.

Here is a list of safe fruits:

  • Apple (without the pips)

  • Apriocot

  • Banana

  • Blackberry

  • Blueberry

  • Cherries (de-stoned)

  • Cranberry

  • Gooseberry

  • Grapes

  • Grenadine

  • Guava

  • Kiwi

  • Loquat

  • Lychee

  • Mango

  • Melon (all types)

  • Mulberry (fruit and leaves)

  • Nectarine (de-stoned)

  • Oranges

  • Papaya

  • Passion fruit

  • Peach (de-stoned)

  • Pears (without pips)

  • Pineapple

  • Plum

  • Raspberry

  • Sharon fruit

  • Strawberries


We also feed millet as a treat, be careful you do not feed too many of these or too often as they are very fattening so only give once or twice a week. Millet is a great way to help hand tame your bird though!