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.
Passwell Crumbles are a low-fat, balanced diet for small parrots, cockatiels, budgies, lovebirds, canaries, finches, quail and doves. Use crumbles as a nutritional replacement to dry seed in the diet.
- Provides excellent nutrition compared to seed-based diets.
- Improved health through elevated levels of essential amino acids, omega-3 & 6, vitamins and minerals.
- Low fat formula helps with weight control in pet birds.
- Totally edible to reduce waste and mess.
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Ground grains including triticale, wheat, barley, maize and oats, whey and soy proteins, meat meal, lysine, methionine, mannan oligosaccharides, β-glucans, vegetable oils, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (including EPA & DHA), carotenoids, 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) 15% Fat (min) 5% Carbohydrate (min) 72% Fibre (max) 7% Calcium 0.7% Metabolisable Energy (ME)
300g, 1kg, 5kg & 20kg.
Feed as a dry crumble, replacing the seed proportion of the bird's diet:
Birds that are accustomed to eating seed need to modify their feeding technique to eat Crumbles:
- Initially they will disintegrate the food, but they should soon learn to totally consume the Crumbles and even eat any powder produced during feeding.
- Avoid changing the diet on days that are either very hot or very cold, or during times of stress on the bird.
- Observe the birds regularly to ensure they are eating the Crumbles.
- Don't over-fill the feed bowl, as birds will tend to scatter the Crumbles in search of their normal food
- Have at most two layers of Crumbles in the feed bowl.
Changing to Crumbles
Direct Change to Crumbles: Applies to cockatiels, companion parrots, quail and doves. Remove all seed and treats and provide only Crumbles. Observe the birds closely. If the birds do not eat during the day then provide some seed before nightfall and try again the next day. If this is not successful try "Introducing Crumbles"
Introducing Crumbles: For budgies, canaries, finches and smaller birds. Start with a 50:50 mix of Crumbles and seed. Over the next few days, slowly increase the proportion of Crumbles. Remove all the seed once the birds begin to eat the Crumbles. For very small birds such as finches and canaries Crumbles may be slightly ground down to produce a finer grade feed.
Caged birds tend to over-eat and become obese when offered an unlimited supply of food. It is a healthier, and more economical practice to establish your birds' daily food requirement and feed that amount.
per bird day
(1 teaspoon = 4g approx.)
grams teaspoons Canaries & Finches
(10-30g body weight)
2 - 4 1/2 - 1 Budgies, Neophemas & Lovebirds
(30-70g body weight)
4 - 8 1-2 Cockatiels & Parrots
(80 -120g body weight)
12 - 16 3-4 Small Quail & Doves
(25-70g body weight)
4 - 8 1-2
Large Quail & Doves
(120 - 150g body weight)
16 - 20 4 - 5
Note that these feeding estimates are for non-breeding birds and can vary depending on the size of the bird, nutritional value of other foods eaten, cage size, activity levels and daily temperature.
What to feed with Crumbles
Crumbles are a complete diet. Limit the use of supplements and treats. Offer up to 20% of the diet as fruit (apple, pear, kiwifruit, orange) or vegetables (corn cob, silver beet, kale, asian greens, carrot, capsicum, broccoli) as well as fresh seeding grasses and sprouted seed.
Feed 50% more than the non-breeding requirement of Crumbles plus prepared Passwell Finch Soft Food, Budgie Starter or Parrot Soft Food, depending on species. This provides the additional protein and nutrient requirements for breeding birds.