Parakeet Food – Seeds, Vegetables and Fruits

Learn What type of Food, Vegetables and Seed are good for Budgies (parakeet). I’ve six parakeets at home and at first I was very confused what to feed them. Initially I restricted the food to only mix seeds and coriander but later realized that they need other food items for nutrition. Then from there I have managed to change their diet with vegetables and fruits. If you’re confused about what to feed your parakeet then this list will help you.

I have made list of seeds, fruits and vegetables which are considered safe for parakeets. You can verify the list by checking it against the items suggested by vet. I came across plenty of pet shop owners who advice their customers on feeding only bird seeds to parakeets. This is wrong advice for two reasons – too much bird seeds cause obesity in birds, and second they also need other nutritional food.

Seeds and Pellet

There are plenty of seed mixes that you can give to parakeets. Make sure the seed that you’re giving to your bird is good for their health. Unless explicitly mentioned on the seed mix wrapper don’t feed parakeets or other birds with those seeds.

  • Dr. Harvey’s Bird Seed Mixes
  • Harrison’s Formulated Diet Seeds
  • Wet coast parakeet seeds
  • Jones Seeds
  • Volkman Parakeet Seed Mix
  • Millet
  • White Proso Millet
  • Whole Oat Groats
  • Canary Grass Seed
  • Lettuce Seed
  • Sesame Seed
  • Niger Seeds
Forti Diet Budgie Seeds and Pellet
Forti Diet Budgie Seeds and Pellet
Geisler Diet Seeds for Budgies
Geisler Diet Seeds for Budgies














There are plenty of vegetables which are good for health of your parakeet. You can give these vegetables –

Corn or Sweet Corn.
Corn or Sweet Corn.
Coriander Leaves
Coriander Leaves
Carrot Pieces
Carrot Pieces
  • Petite peas
  • Carrot Granules
  • Celery Stalk & Leaf
  • Parsley Flakes
  • Green Beans
  • Spinach Flakes
  • Green & Red Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli, Zucchini
  • Soy Bean
  • Echinacea Augustifolia
  • Dandelion Leaf
  • Red Clover blossoms
  • Papaya Leaf
  • Oat Straw
  • Peppermint Leaf
  • Calendula Flowers
  • Red Raspberry Leaf,
  • Alfalfa
  • Fennel Seed
  • Thyme Leaf
  • Rose Hips
  • Rosemary Leaf
  • Basil Leaf

Spinach, chard, and bok choy should be given in limited amount as they contain high amount of oxalate.


Make sure you avoid giving food with seeds to them. You can remove the seeds from some fruits and give it to them, this applies to apple, orange and some other fruits.

  • Orange
  • Apple slices (without seeds)
  • Water Melon
  • Coconut shred
  • Mango Pieces
  • cherries
  • banana
  • mandarin
  • Sweet corn

Avoid these Food items

There are some food items that you should avoid for parakeet’s diet. This include food that contains too much Avocado, oxalate, alkaloid, nicotine and aflatoxin.

Please don’t give these items to your birds –

  • Tobacco
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Cheeze
  • Butter
  • Raw Bins
  • Plums, Peach and Apricot
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Nutmeg
  • Tomato
  • Potato
  • Green tomato

Make sure you re-read this list whenever you’re confused with food items that are to be given to parakeets. If you have any questions or more suggestions then feel free to comment here.