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Can Budgies Eat Carrots? Vet-Approved Nutritional Science & Info

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Budgies love many fruits and vegetables that we enjoy as well, but you need to be careful before feeding your budgie just any food. One vegetable you may be curious about is carrots. Can budgies eat carrots?

Yes, you can feed your budgie carrots. Carrots, including both the stems and greens, provide great nutrients for your budgie in a way that is tasty and delicious to them. If you don’t feed your parakeet too much carrot or contaminated carrot, it makes a great addition to your parakeet’s diet.

Keep reading to learn more about why carrots make a great treat for your budgie and what else you should be adding to your budgie’s menu.


Are Carrots Good for Budgies?

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Carrots are considered a great treat to feed to your budgie because it provides numerous vitamins and minerals. Most importantly, it provides vitamin A, which your budgie needs for proper growth and many immune-mediated processes throughout the body.

Carrots have trace amounts of calcium as well. Calcium deficiency can be an issue for parrots. By feeding your budgie these vegetables regularly, your budgie is less likely to suffer from calcium deficiency (please note that you should not rely solely on carrots for your budgie’s calcium requirements).

All the while, budgies love the taste of carrots. In other words, you don’t have to force your budgies to eat carrots since they will be more than happy to do so on their own. You might have to trick them into eating the carrots at first, though.

Picking Out the Right Carrots for Your Budgie

Even though carrots are generally a great source of nutrition for your parakeet, it’s important to examine your carrot before feeding it to your precious bird.

Mold contamination is a serious issue for budgies. Even a little bit of mold contamination can lead to death in budgies due to their small size. If it looks like the carrot is contaminated or going bad, just toss it out. Do not feed it to your budgie.

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How to Feed Carrots to Your Budgie

Feeding carrots to your budgie isn’t that difficult of a process. For best results, we recommend shredding, grating, or cutting the carrot into smaller pieces so that it is more manageable for the budgie to eat. Smaller pieces result in minimized choking hazard as well.

You can toss carrot stems and greens into the mixture as well. All parts of the carrots are suitable for budgies to eat, and they offer different vitamins and minerals.

If you want, you can juice carrots and feed your budgie the juice. However, it’s best to feed the carrot juice to your budgie immediately. More so, do not feed your budgie purchased carrot juice because premade juice often comes with additional sugars, preservatives, and other additives.

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What If My Budgie Isn’t Eating Carrots?

If you notice your budgie isn’t eating the carrots you serve, it likely is because your budgie does not understand carrots are safe food. Very few budgies dislike carrots. So, simply changing up how you serve your carrots can get your budgies to start eating them.

You can try eating carrots in front of your budgie. Budgies are intelligent and will see that you are eating the carrots, which means they can eat them as well. We recommend trying this first thing in the morning when your budgies are most hungry.

You can also add carrots to your parakeets’ favorite foods. That way, your budgie will be tempted to eat and eventually take bites of the carrot as well. You might want to place the carrot tops facing up since carrot tops are softer and greener, making them less “intimidating” (or more intriguing) to budgies.

Another trick is to excitedly pick and drop a small piece of carrot with your finger. Budgies are foragers, and the action of picking and dropping a tiny morsel of food may pique their curiosity and get them to sample the carrot.

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How Many Carrots Should I Feed My Budgie?

Too much of anything is bad for us, and the same is true for budgies. If you feed too many carrots to your budgie, they will likely get diarrhea and other illnesses due to increased water, sugar, and minerals.

Generally speaking, 20% of your parakeet’s diet should come from vegetables, and that includes carrots. Gauge how many carrots to feed your parakeet based on the rest of their diet and other vegetables you are feeding them.

What Should I Feed My Budgie?

Carrots should not be the only thing you feed your parakeet. You should feed them seeds, nuts, fruits, legumes, and other vegetables as well. All of these should complement a base diet of a high quality pellet designed specifically for them.

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Nuts and legumes provide healthy fats, antioxidants, and protein for your bird. Budgies need around 10% of legumes in their diets. Lentils, chickpeas, pinto beans, and split peas are great legume choices, whereas walnuts, pecans, pistachios, and almonds are the best nuts.

In total, no more than 30% of your budgie’s diet should come from fruits and vegetables, the majority being vegetables. Use fruit as tasty treats.

What Foods Are Bad for Budgies?

Certain foods should be avoided by budgies. Most importantly, don’t feed your budgies any meat or animal products (with the exception of eggs as an occasional treat). Similarly, don’t feed budgies processed food, such as chips, soda, or candies.

Even some fruits and vegetables should be avoided. Avocado, garlic, mushrooms, onion, and rhubarb, should all be avoided for different reasons. Bread, chocolate, crackers, coffee, and caffeinated tea are other examples of no-no’s for budgies.


Final Thoughts

Carrots are one of the best vegetables to feed your budgie for a healthy diet and happy life. Incorporating carrots into your budgie’s diet is pretty easy. We recommend selecting high-quality carrots and cutting them up into smaller pieces for the budgie. Most likely, your budgie will love this nutritious treat.

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