Afternoon Meal: Throw away breakfast meal remains and wash the food dish with soap and hot water.

Sprouting offers the opportunity to give birds the live food that they are biologically adapted to consume.

Sprouting changes and enhances the nutritional quality of vegetable proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and chlorophyll.

Fruit: Offer fruit only occasionally (perhaps 1-2 times weekly) as it contains more sugar.

Breakfast: 1-2 teaspoons (per budgie) of an organic, sprouted mix of seeds, grains, and legumes.

Avoid products that contain color dyes, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, and other additives. Note: Parakeets hull their seeds, which means they take the “skin” off the outside of the seed before eating it.

This “skin” normally drops back into the dish, so it may look like their dish is full. Keep in the cage at all times: You don’t need to buy every ingredient listed below all at once. Mix a few types of ingredients from each subcategory.

Heck, I don’t feed my family a daily diet of processed meal bars or bowls of boxed cereal just because they’re packed full of synthetic vitamins!

I feed my family whole, natural, enzyme-rich, unprocessed foods. Feeding pellets exclusively can lead to health problems, especially with the kidneys and liver.

Research at the University of Minnesota found that sprouting increases the total nutrient density of food.