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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My 2 budgies will only eat millet. ive tried 3 different

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My 2 budgies will only eat millet. ive tried 3 different types 0f seed + pellets Apparently to give millet more than once a week can cause liver damage The female is looking quite frail Please can you advise Thankyou
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. You're correct to be concerned. Nutritional imbalances are a common cause of illness in our pet birds. Seeds should compose less than 20% of their diet. A diet of mainly seed and nuts has excessive fat, carbohydrates, and phosphorus; marginal protein; adequate vitamin E, and are deficient in amino acids, calcium, available phosphorus, sodium, manganese, zinc, iron, vitamins A, D3 (necessary for efficient absorption of calcium), K, and B12, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, choline, and available niacin. Ideally, a balanced pelleted diet such as can be found here: www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com or here: www.lafeber.com/pet-birds should be fed as well as hard boiled egg yolk, pancakes and cornbread, the tops of fresh greens, dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, fresh fruits such as apples, pears, melon, kiwi, and berries, vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, beets, asparagus, cabbage, sweet potato, and squash, and even tiny pieces of meat. Please see here for how you might convert your budgies over to a pelleted food: http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/using-our-foods/small-bird-conversion/ (Disclaimer: I have no vested interest in Harrison's.)Some birds can't be converted. For those a vitamin supplement such as Oasis brand and a calcium supplement such as Calciboost or Calcivet should be added to their water. These supplements are available in pet/agriculural merchant stores. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.