Are you considering to offer some juice to your budgie, but you’re hesitating? Will juice harm your budgie? In this article, we’ll find out if budgies can drink juice.
Can Budgies Drink Juice? Budgies can drink juice in moderation. Think about naturally juicing fresh fruits and vegetables over store bought versions. Dilute the juice with plenty of water for easy absorption, avoiding too much sugar intake and preventing runny droppings.
Why Should Budgies Drink Juice?
We believe that budgies should drink water most of the time and small helpings of juice can be offered once in a while. The fruit or vegetables in their raw form are savored by many budgies. The juice of these fruits packs in the nutrients and gets absorbed faster than small nibbles and bites.
Juice that is freshly made will contain no preservatives or added sugar. They can provide:
Continue serving fruits and vegetables and offer juice that is diluted with water in smaller doses to prevent overabsorption that could lead to indigestion, bloating or runny droppings.
The juice of fresh fruits and vegetables is the richest available food source of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Because juicing removes the fiber, the important nutrients and phytochemicals found in plants are easily absorbed with little effort on the part of the digestive system.
Which Juice Is The Best For Budgies?
This is a question based on experience and opinion. Blending a variety of juices and vegetables would be great for your budgie in small amounts, but the drawback in the time and cost of creating this smoothie.
If we have to pick one fruit or vegetable as a juice, we would recommend carrot juice. The benefits include:
- Beta carotene that promotes healthy and vibrant colors
- Vitamin A for stronger immune systems
- Nutrients for cell repair and growth.
- Antioxidants to neutralize toxins
Dilute the carrot juice with plenty of water or offer it raw in its natural form. The choice is yours to make, but remember that moderation is key. Monitor your budgie’s response, liking and digestion when offering any juices.
Is Canned or Bottled Juice OK For Budgies?
It’s best to avoid canned or bottled juices. The list of ingredients usually gets and difficult to even pronounce, let alone digest. Couple that with the sensitive or delicate digestion of budgies and expect the unexpected with the chemicals or artificial colors and sugars bombing their systems.
The only way this can work is if they try these juices in small drops only. If sugar is indicated as one of the first ingredients, steer clear from it for your sake as well as your budgie.
You can try soaking their pellets in juice for an added kick in flavor when your budgie is moody or doesn’t feel like eating. Otherwise, it’s best to not force any juice to our budgies.
What Can Parakeets Drink Besides Water?
Parakeets or budgies need water first and foremost. You can alter the flavor of water if you feel that they are not drinking enough. Consider adding drops of honey into the water to coerce your budgie to drink some more.
Coconut water, juices or herbal teas without caffeine can be offered in small doses. Milk contains too much lactose which is difficult to digest as a liquid compared to small amounts of cheese. Fruits and vegetable juices can be blended and diluted with water for occasional treats.
Can Budgies Drink Apple Juice?
Budgies tend to enjoy eating slices of apples without the seeds. You can also blend these slices with water and make a healthy juice to offer your budgie. Juicers strip the fiber while blenders keep the pulp in the liquid. It’s best to keep the fiber included for slower digestion and absorption.
Avoid sugary drinks that contain apples or are labeled as apple juice in bottles or cans. They are usually loaded with sugars and other preservatives. A slice of apple is easier, but a little apple juice that is freshly blended helps to entice your budgie to drink more fluids if they aren’t doing so.
What Juices Are Good For Birds?
Any juice that isn’t full of other ingredients is safe enough in small portions. Highly acidic juices such as orange or lemon should be diluted even more with clean water.
The following fruits and vegetables have been used together or separately as juices for budgies:
Can Budgies Have Orange Juice?
Orange juice has a high concentration of vitamin C, but also plenty of citric acid. Store bought versions of orange juice is loaded with sugar and preservatives. Choose orange slices over orange juice and watch your budgie pop those little beads of orange juice found naturally within the fresh fruit.
Freshly squeezed orange juice will work in small amounts. Sometimes we hesitate to place a bowl of juice in the cage, but we offer our budgies some from our own cups. Let your budgie take a sip instead and don’t be too concerned.
Which Juice Is Good For My Budgie With Arthritis?
If your budgie’s avian vet has determined that your companion has arthritis, he or she may recommend certain fruits or vegetables. You can also blend them together to make them into a smoothie for your budgie.
Juices For Arthritis:
- kale, parsley and spinach (packed with vitamin C)
- spinach and carrot (great for vitamin E)
- carrot, ginger root, apple (strong source of copper)
- cherry and blueberry (antioxidants and bioflavonoids)
- pineapple (high in bromelain)
Please enjoy these juices mostly for your self and dilute small portions of it for your budgie. Any of the fruits or vegetables in this list can be served in their natural form instead.
Budgies can drink juice, but it is not a substitute for water. Some budgies don’t drink enough water and adding a few drops of juice or honey can lure them back to the bowl to drink more nourishment.
Juices are fine in moderation, but please choose freshly squeezed or blended over store-bought versions.
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