In this article we’re going to talk about “Do budgies eat at night?”
We’ll cover the following topic
- Is it okay to take your birds food out at night?
- Do birdseeds go bad?
- How many times a day you should feed your budgie?
- What are budgies favorite food?
- What are budgies favorite treats?
Let’s get started!
So Do Budgies Eat At Night?
The answer is it depends if your budgie is hungry!
If your budgie is hungry then yes, they will eat at night
Sometimes budgies will wake up for a midnight snack
The problem is leaving food out in the cage at night
If you have a mouse problem then it’s best not to leave any food
If you don’t have mice then it should be okay
You should leave fresh water too
The best thing is, try to feed your birdie before they go to sleep that way they sleep on a full stomach which will hopefully keep them sleeping throughout the night!
If you do leave food then it should be dry food
Should I Take My Birds Food Out At Night?
If you think your budgie needs a night time snack then why not?
Otherwise you don’t want your budgie demanding food when you’re not ready to get out of bed!
If you do leave food, as mentioned earlier, it’s best to keep dry food
That way you know it won’t go bad and it’s something your budgie can snack on
How Many Times a Day Should You Feed Your Budgie?
According to exoticdirect you can do either of these 2 options
You can leave food out for your budgie all day and they will eat as and when they like
You can give treats during the day or when you’re trying to tame your bird or when they’re out of the cage
You divide the food into two and feed twice a day
Once you’ve given the food in the morning, you take it away for 15-30 minutes
This would be suited during the summer when the weather is hot as fresh food can easily spoil when its hot
So feed fresh in the morning and then dry in the afternoon
Treats can be given during the day
How Much Should You Feed a Budgie?
A reasonable amount for a budgie would be around 15 or 16 grams of food
And if you’re giving treats then around 4 or 5 grams of treat like nuts, sunflower seeds
Always consult the vets to make sure you’re giving the right amount
Make sure there is fresh water available too
What Are Budgies Favorite Food?
You don’t want to just stick with seeds all day
It can get boring for your budgie and you may see seeds scattered everywhere because your birdie may flick them out of protest!
Budgies love exotic fruits like watermelon, kiwi and mango
Related article – Can budgies eat watermelon?
You should give your budgie small amounts at first
Other fruits your budgie may enjoy are
What Do Budgies Eat For Treats?
Budgies love eating all sorts
But here’s 12 favorite treats you can give your budgie
- Millet Spray
- Flavored seed sticks
- Rice and Pasta
These are some of the treats your budgie will love!
Do Birdseed Go Bad?
Yes birdseed can go bad so it’s important to check for bad birdseed
Here’s what you need to watch out for (Source)
- Clumps – Birdseed that has become spoiled become clumpy. If it breaks easily, this is nothing to be concerned about. Stronger clumps that require effort to break apart can be an indication the birdseed is soiled
- Insects – Moths, worms, spiders and earwigs can infest birdseed. If you see one or two, it shouldn’t be a problem. If you see a swarm of insects then it is best to discard it as this means the birdseed is soiled. Always have a look to see if there is any insect activity or any other form of indication of insects such as dead insects, webs cocoons etc
- Mold – If you notice any sort of mold or fungus – discard the birdseed. Mold can be fatal to birds
- Smell – Many seeds have high oil content and if this go bad it can give off a bad smell
- Rodents – If you see any mouse droppings or urine, obviously it means the birdseed has gone spoiled. I’m sure you wouldn’t give your bird birdseed that has mouse droppings in them!
- Aging – Old birdseed is not good to give to your birdie because it loses it’s nutritional value. They usually are dusty, dull and dried out. It’s best you get rid of them and give your budgie fresh birdseed
Now that we know birdseeds go bad
Let’s look at how you can keep them from going bad
- Make sure to store birdseed in airtight containers in a cool and dry place
- Don’t buy too much birdseed. Buy so it can be used up in a few weeks
- Fill feeders with birdseed that will last 2 – 3 days
- Keep the feeders clean to avoid contaminating refills
Wrapping It Up
Budgies may snack at night depending how hungry they are
You may hear the odd crunching sounds coming from the bird cage while your budgies snacks away!
Leave out some dry food and fresh water just in case your budgie wakes up in the middle of the night to have a snack