Can Budgies Eat Bean Sprouts?

The main food for a budgie is quality budgie seed which should be given to him fresh each day (blow the husks off) with fresh water.

To ensure that your bird has a well-balanced diet and is keep in top health it is good to give him a variety of different vegetables- including bean sprouts –  a few times every week.

Be careful to only give couple of teaspoons of these otherwise he will have no room in his stomach for the seed.

Make sure that all the vegetables you give your budgie have been well washed and have not been near any pesticides.

In answer to the question “can budgies eat bean sprouts” the answer is YES – and they love them!

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Can Budgie Eat Bean Sprouts? 

Budgies can eat a variety of bean sprouts including mung beans

Is It Healthy For Them?

Feeding your budgie small amounts of fresh bean sprouts is a good idea as they contain plenty of protein, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

An interesting observation is that feeding your budgies extra protein increases they desire to mate, so if you prefer them not to, its best to feed them protein-rich foods just a couple of times per week!

How To Feed Bean Sprouts To Budgies?

You can buy some fresh bean sprouts to give to your budgie (and you can give your family a stir fry!) but they are so easy to prepare yourself that it is worth giving it a go…

The Process Of Growing Bean Sprouts Is Called ‘Sprouting’:

  1. Place the seeds in a jar overnight at the ration one part seeds to five parts water (1:5)
  2. Drain the seeds well
  3. Pour the seeds in to a sieve that is placed over a bowl so that the water can drain away easily.
  4. Rinse the sprouts in clean water several times a day until they start to shoot (this is usually after 24- 48 hours).
  5. Over the next few days the seeds will continue to grow.
  6. On the 4/ 5 day the seeds will be ready to use. One teaspoon of seeds is enough. You can feed the sprouts to your budgie as they are (after washing them) or lightly steamed
  7. Wash the remaining sprouts and dry thoroughly before popping them in a plastic container and storing the box in the fridge. Cover the remaining sprouts with kitchen paper
  8. If properly looked after, the sprouted seeds should last 3-4 days. Check them carefully before you feed your budgie and if they do not smell good, they must be discarded.

What Other Sprouts Can Budgies Eat?

Budgies really enjoy eating this type of food and there are other types of ‘sprouts’ that can be given to budgies and other birds :

Grains: Including buckwheat, quinoa, bulgur wheat and others

Legumes: Green peas, lentil, soybeans, mung beans, snow peas and alfalfa.

Nuts and seeds: Almonds, sunflower seeds, and others.

Budgies can also eat a wide variety of vegetables – but again, always in small portions so that they eat their seed which is the essential food.

Baked cauliflower, spinach, kale, pumpkin (including the seeds) and zucchini are all good and lightly steamed sugar snap peas, Mangetout, green beans.

Are There Any Problems With Sprouts?

The most important point about feeding your budgies bean sprouts and others is that you need to be really careful about bacteria because it can develop very quickly and will make your budgie ill.

Ideally if you are preparing your own sprouts, you should only prepare the amount that you know that your budgie can comfortably eat within a few days.

It is essential that you check the bean sprouts carefully before you feed them to your budgie as they should be white in color and not smell.

Some breeders add a few drops of apple cider vinegar to the rinsing water to clean the bean sprouts and then give the sprouts a second rinse in clean water.  

If you are storing some of the bean sprouts in the fridge for a few days, make sure you check them and wash them before feeding them to your budgies – if in doubt, don’t give your budgie the bean sprouts, discard them to protect your budgie’s health.

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