Can Budgies Eat Sunflower Seeds?

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Budgies love their seeds.

So, if you’re wondering if it’s safe for your feathered friends to nibble on sunflower seeds, then the answer is a definite yes.

Yet, the amount of sunflower seeds you feed your birdie is of epic importance.

So, let’s get going on the journey to discover the choicest and most balanced meals you can provide for your budgie.

Also, find out whether your budgie will benefit hogging on sunflower seeds.

Sound good?

Let’s get started!

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Can Budgies Open Sunflower Seeds?

Can budgies eat sunflower seeds

When sunflower seeds are hulled, the edible remainder is known as sunflower heart or kernel.

And it is also imperative for you to know that there are three types of commonly used sunflower seeds.

These are the black oil sunflower seeds and striped sunflower seeds.

Now, black oil seed is usually cold-pressed for oil, and stripes are used directly in baked items.

For budgies, these seeds present a challenge for your budgie.

You see, the husk of the sunflower seed is quite tough to open.

But, some budgies love sunflower seeds to the exclusion of all other dietary options.

These zealot budgies are not deterred by minor inconveniences such as the opening of sunflower seed.

They are masters in the art form of opening sunflower seeds.

Yet, not all budgies share this passion.

Thus, you may have a birdie who will struggle at the task of opening a sunflower seed.

But, most store-bought sunflower seeds are often hulled. 

Can Budgies Eat Sunflower Leaves?

In their efforts to save their budgies from all harm, budgie parents also seek to know if it’s safe for their budgies to have sunflower leaves.

It does make sense to be on the better side of caution.

If you are not 100% careful and serve up dried-up leaves of the flower with the seeds, you may cause your birdie harm if the leaves are toxic. 

But, as far as the sunflower leaves are concerned, it is perfectly safe for your birds to eat.

There are even budgie lovers who grow sunflowers in the hopes of motivating their budgies to forage for their food.

Many avian vets recommend that a certain degree of foraging is essential for the well-being of your pet.

It stimulates mental development as well as improves the motor skills of your budgie.

Now that we know budgies can eat sunflower seeds and they can open it themselves

Let’s look at what other seeds your budgie can eat

What Seeds Can Budgies Eat?

Budgies can eat most seeds.

Sunflower seeds tend to become a bit addictive for budgies.

But, sunflower seeds are high in fat content and low in nutritional value.

So, if you want a healthy and happy bird, you do not want to be their seed intake to be more than 10% of its entire diet. 

Most budgies tend to gobble down sunflower seeds, not for the flavor, but it fills them up.

But, excessive consumption of sunflower seeds leads to an obese bird.

It will also cause other health concerns such as fatty liver and heart problems.

And heart problems in birds can entail a whole list of physical complaints such as lameness or weakened vision.

You may even witness poor coordination and seizures in budgies due to heart problems.

Avian vets recommend pellet food for budgies as it contains the ideal amount of vitamins and minerals.

These pellets are for the optimal nutrition of your budgies.

It takes a while to get a budgie to switch from seeds to pellets.

It requires time and perseverance.

But, you’ll both be better for it.

You can also add some fruits and veggies to the snack itinerary to bring some exotic flavors into your budgie’s life.

The seeds and pits to avoid under all costs are those from apples and pears.

These seeds contain cyanide-like substances that can effectively kill your bird.

So, it helps to pay attention to what you put before your bird in the way of a meal. 

If you’re giving your budgie sunflower seeds

It should only be given as a treat during training sessions or playtime according to albionparkvet

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Wrapping It Up 

Budgies love sunflower seeds, but it’s important to give it your birdie only as a treat or during training sessions

It shouldn’t be their main meal

Budgies make delightful pets.

And, you can be sure that you won’t have a dull moment in your life with a budgie around as they love to sing and chat.

Although budgies are tiny creatures, they have a hardy constitution.

So, it takes a lot to bring your budgie down.

But, it is a small bird at the end of the day.

So, do make it a point to provide your bird with the love and attention it deserves. 

And, you would do well to pay particular attention to its diet.

Of course, if you are an adept budgie guardian, your budgie will sing praises enough to be heard from the heavens.

Do you give your budgies sunflower seeds?

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