re you worried your budgie is eating so much? Is it safe for a budgie to eat too much?
In this article, I will cover everything related to a budgie’s eating habits.
Why Is My Budgie Eating So Much?
It is normal for a budgie to eat a lot because they have a fast metabolism which burns energy fast and this is the reason they eat a lot.
It can also depend on the type of food your budgie is eating. If your budgie is on a seed-only diet, it’s likely to eat a lot of seeds to get energy.
Other possible reasons behind your budgie’s overeating could be that it is sick, bored, or facing intestinal issues or bacterial infection.
How Many Times A Day Should A Budgie Be Fed?
Budgies have a good metabolism. It means that budgies can feel hungry frequently at different times in a day.
To make sure your budgie doesn’t starve, you might make pellets, grains, and seeds available for them all the time. However, it might lead to overeating and problems like obesity, tumors, and diabetes in budgies.
You can serve them small portions of pellets and other grains once or twice a day to solve this problem.
How Do I Know If My Budgie Is Eating Enough?
There are different ways to figure out if your budgie is eating enough. Here are some common signs that your budgie is eating properly.
1. No Sudden Weight Loss
You can know if your budgie is eating enough if there is no weight fluctuation. If a budgie is suddenly gaining or losing weight, it’s a sign to be worried about.
Your budgie will remain active if it’s eating enough. Malnourished budgies tend to feel weak and lazy more often.
If your budgie has 20-30 black and white droppings in a day, it means that it is eating fine. However, they might not be eating enough if they poop less frequently or there is a change in the color of their poop.
4. No Health Issues
If your budgie appears perfectly fine, it means that it is getting enough nutrients. But if you see your budgie has pale eyes, drooping wings, discolored beak, or any signs of lethargy, it means that it is not eating properly.
Why Is My Female Budgie Eating A Lot?
Female budgies might start eating a lot because of the following reasons:
1. Hormonal Changes
A Female budgie might demand more food if its body is going through hormonal changes. Female budgies also start eating a lot if they have recently attained puberty.
The appetite of a female budgie increases when it is pregnant. This is because its nutritional needs are more when it is carrying eggs.
3. Once The Eggs Hatch
You can notice your female budgie eating a lot once its eggs hatch. It is because now it needs more energy to take care of the babies.
4. Inadequate Diet
Is your female budgie mainly eating seeds? If yes, it may appear as it is eating a lot but not getting enough nutrients. In this case, make sure you feed a balanced diet to your female budgie and stop it from eating grit and sand.
Do Budgies Know When To Stop Eating?
Yes, budgies are extremely smart and intelligent. Their unique brain-to-body ratio makes them mimic human voices and pick up abstract patterns.
Budgies are also good at learning new tricks and understanding their bodily instincts. Similarly, budgies have brains to know when to stop eating.
Take Note: In case your budgie is showing unusual eating behavior, you can keep small amounts of pellets and seeds in its cage one or two times instead of making food available 24/7 to it.
How Much Should A Budgie Eat In A Day?
Your budgie needs to eat 1-2 teaspoons of pellets every day. Don’t overdo feeding seeds or millets to your budgies as they can cause fatty liver and tumors in budgies.
Seeds should be limited to ⅙ cup. Besides, you can include vegetables and fruits in your budgie’s diet once or twice a week.
If your budgie isn’t eating enough, you can try:
- Hand-feeding your budgie
- Keeping the cage clean
- Figuring out what your budgie likes eating
- Consulting a vet
- Monitoring your budgie’s eating habits
Why Is My Budgie Chewing On Nothing?
Budgies have a habit of chewing on nothing. It is called beak grinding, and most budgies do it when they are happy.
It will appear as if your budgie is chewing on something, but it is nothing. It can also be the process of chewing the cud that is done by cows too.
Moreover, it can also mean that your budgie has a tumor or something stuck in its throat. If you find the beak of your budgie bleeding while chewing on nothing, it’s time to visit a vet.
It might also indicate that your budgie is malnourished and not getting enough nutrients, especially calcium. You can get soft calcium blocks for your budgies to chew on if that’s the case.
It might also indicate that your budgie is hungry and needs food. Budgies can act like nibbling or chewing on something if they want their owners to feed them.
Why Is My Budgie Eating Poop?
Although it’s common for a rabbit to eat its poop, budgies don’t do it normally. Moreover, eating poop can cause health-related issues and parasital infections in budgies.
There are different reasons for which your budgie can eat poop. Let’s look at them.
1. Inappropriate Diet
A budgie might eat poop to meet its nutritional requirements. If a budgie is not getting proper vitamins and minerals from its diet, you might see it eating poop due to nutritional deficiency. Make sure you give your budgie a balanced diet (pellets, vegetables, fruits, mixed seeds, grains) to stop it from eating poop.
Budgies have good metabolism to digest food fast. Moreover, if your budgie is extremely active throughout the day, it needs more nutrients. To not feel tired from moving around the cage and other physical activities, your budgie might eat poop for instant energy. Make sure they have pellets and seeds in their cage 24/7 to stop them from eating poop.
A budgie gets drained out of energy easily if it’s tired. In such cases, it might eat poop to get instant minerals and vitamins available in its poop.
You may find your budgie eating its droppings out of boredom. No toys in the cage might make budgies feel bored. As a result, it eats its poop to keep itself occupied. Moreover, some budgies have a habit of pecking on everything inside their cage, be it poop or grit.
5. To Clean The Cage
Budgies don’t like staying in a dirty cage. Therefore, it might eat its poop to clean the cage. You can stop your budgie from doing this by keeping its cage clean.