Budgies are small native Australian parrots with a mainly granivorous (seed) diet. However in the breeding season they supplement their diet with additional protein, vitamins & minerals from fresh, green plant material, mineral grit and even insects. Our budgie foods include nutritionally-balanced Crumbles for everyday nutrition, Budgie Starter for breeding birds and Hand Rearing Food for young budgies. We also make a range of treats and dietary supplements that can enhance the health & well-being of cage and aviary birds.

  • Budgie Starter

    Passwell Budgie Starter is a nutritionally balanced, high protein conditioning food for budgies. 

    Key Features

    • Specifically formulated high protein diet to enhance the nutrition of breeding budgies. 
    • Enriched with omega-3&6, vitamins and minerals for improved egg quality and chick health.
    • Can be used as a conditioning food for young, sick or malnourished budgies.

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    Serving suggestion - made up as a moist crumble.


    Ground and whole cereals, ground vegetables, whey and soy proteins, mannan oligosaccharides, β-glucans, lysine, methionine, vegetable oils, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (including EPA & DHA), carotenoids, taurine, vitamins A, B1,B2,B6, B12,C,D3,E,K, nicotinamide, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, choline, inositol, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, iodine, selenium.


     Protein (min) 23%
     Fat (min) 10%
     Carbohydrate 56% 
     Fibre (max) 6% 
     Calcium 1.1%
     Metabolisable Energy (ME)
    16 MJ/kg 

    Pack Sizes

     500g, 1kg, 5kg & 20kg.


    To feed as a moist crumble:

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    Mix 20g of Budgie Starter (2 level tablespoons) with 5ml (1 teaspoon) of warm water. Slowly add the water to the powder while mixing to form a moist crumbly mix (as per the consistency shown above). Do not make into a paste.

    To feed with soaked seed or vegetables:

    Mix 10g (1 level tablespoon) of Budgie Starter with 20g (2 heaped tablespoons) of soaked/sprouted seed or finely chopped/grated vegetables.

    Prepare food fresh each day. We do not advise storing food in the fridge overnight as it can become contaminated with micro-organisms. 

    Feeding Guide

     Breeding Status Fed as a Moist Crumble
    (1 teaspoon = 5g approx.)

    Fed with soaked seed/ vegetables
    (1 tablespoon = 12g approx.)

    Non-breeding Budgies  5g per bird once a week.  12g per bird once week
    1 month prior to breeding 5g per bird twice a week. 12g per bird twice a week
    Laying eggs until fledging young Feed ad lib daily. Feed ad lib daily.
    Fledging young until first moult 5g per bird 3 times a week 12g per bird 3 times a week
    Post moult 5g per bird once a week 12g per bird once a week


    Other Species

    Budgie starter is an excellent soft food for other small parrots such as Neophemas, Bourkes, Red-rumps, Hooded & Mulga Parrots. Larger parrots may benefit from using Passwell Parrot Soft Food.


    Budgie Starter is ideal to be used as a weaning food for hand-reared budgies when transitioning from Passwell Hand Rearing Food to a solid diet. Older birds will also readily transition from Budgie Starter to Passwell Crumbles by mixing the two products together, and then gradually increasing the proportion of Crumbles.

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