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Natural Supplements To Aid The Health Of Budgerigars



Budgerigars in captivity need supplements to supply some essential nutrients missing from the diets we feed,to help maintain optimum health and prevent disease.

I find when fed natural supplements, rather than most commercial products and medications, my birds are far healthier, active and more fertile.

Here are a few of the supplements I use:

As you will see as you read through this list some are fed direct, while others are included in softfood, or added to the scratch (grit) pot, or drinking water.


Apple Cider Vinegar – Not only provides vitamins, minerals and trace elements but unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar also supports the immune and respiratory system, and has anti-bacterial properties. I add ACV to the drinking water one week each month to keep the gut flora in balance and because of its natural antibiotic properties ACV will help control bacterial infections in the intestines that may result in diarrhea… If you have birds with megabacteria it will slow down the progress of the infection, although it will not cure it.

As with other natural remedies you do not have to measure exactly. I add approximately 5%.... just enough so you can smell and taste it in the water. You cannot overdose


Lemon Juice In the drinking water helps keep gut flora in balance too, and the birds love it. An alternative to Apple Cider Vinegar when fresh lemons are available.


TeaA natural remedy for diarrhea…Any drinking tea will do… black or green.. I replace drinking water with cold tea whenever I see loose droppings. The problem is usually corrected within a few days.


Garlic – Supports a healthy immune and respiratory system. Garlic has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasite properties. I add crushed garlic to the softfood mix ocassionally and add Garlic Juice or Garlic Water to the drinking water to guard against mites. A little Garlic Powder in the nestbox concave, before shavings are added, will protect against red mites during breeding season.

Aloe Vera

Aloe VeraA natural dewormer I use Aloe Vera water twice each year to make sure the birds are free of intestinal parasites.

Moringa  Moringa

MoringaFirst suggested by my friends in Egypt for it's high nutritional value, and as an aid for fertility, Moringa powder can be added to softfood or used to make a "tea" that can be used as drinking water.

Moringa seeds can also be grown and leaves fed as source of greens.

Moringa leaves are loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and more. Very high in plant protein, VitaminA, potassium, calcium, Vitamin C and iron.


FonioA tiny seed from Africa I first saw when visiting Maarten Heylen in Belgium. Fonio has high nutritional values and natural properties to prevent coccidiosis. I feed a small amount in a separate dish in the flight each day.


Powdered Egg Shell - Egg shells are baked then powdered using a coffee grinder. .... added to my softfood mix... and in the scratch (grit) pot.


Powdered Kelp/Seaweed –  Mineral & vitamin supplement that is said to helps leg problems in breeding hens, acts as a prebiotic, prevents parasites, and improves immune function. Excellent source of iodine essential for normal feather growth. I add a little to the grit pot and also sprinkle some on the softfood.


Powdered Charcoal - Budgies will instinctively eat charcoal when they are not feeling well or have digestive problems. It helps cleanse their system. I always have some in the scratch (grit) pot.


Freeze-Dried Krill – An excellent source of animal protein and also of Omega 3, 6 & 9 for organ, muscle, skin and plumage health. Many breeders use Krill to increase fertility and for healthier offspring. Powdered Krill is always included in my softfood mix.


Grapefruit Seed Extract – Used primarily for its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. I add a few drops to water used to rinse soaked seed and greens before they are fed to the birds to eliminate any fungus or mould.

bee pollen

Bee Pollen – Packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, protein, enzymes, fatty acids and carbohydrates. Bee pollen also provides hormones for growth and supports the immune system. Add a little to your softfood mix.


Turmeric – Packed with bioflavonoids and polyphenols. Turmeric helps with wound healing, and has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. I throw tumeric root in the flight and let them graw it down. Sometimes I will crush a little and add to the softfood.


Ginger - Closely related to Tumeric, Ginger has a very long history in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine. It certainly helps with digestive disorders. Feed similar to Tumeric or cut into slices and add to boiling water to create a tea to use as drinking water if your birds seem off-color.


Cinnamon – Offers anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasite, and anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon also supports the circulatory and digestive system. I add some to my softfood mix.


Mint – Supports the digestive and respiratory system. Easy to grow from cuttings. Include in the greens and veges you feed.


Dandelion Plants – Good source of Vitamin A, B, C, and D, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, and luteolin. Best known for it’s detoxification properties and digestive system support. Birds love both the leaves and the roots (which actually have higher nutritional value).


Seeding Grasses - In the wild budgies eat green seeds that grow after the rains. Much higher than the older dried seeds we feed year around. Seeding grasses also tend to drive the birds naturally into breeding condition. They instinctively know that when grasses go to seed there will be plenty of food for the youngsters they raise in the coming weeks. Just make sure when collecting seeding grasses they come from areas that have not beed sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals.


Calcium Montmorillonite Clay – Birds all over the World are known to eat clay from clay licks in riverbeds and other locations. It’s a complete mineral supplement with antibacterial and anti-parasite properties. Calcium Montmorillonite Clay is also said to improve digestion, cure loose droppings and detoxify heavy metals and you can also make a paste of Calcium Montmorillonite Clay, Aloe Vera and water to treat external issues, such as Cysts. Another add to my grit pot.


Sea Sand - Is an essential part of my grit mix. I have used it as the base for many years to supply natural salts and elements that may be missing from their diet. The birds will pick through it. First thing to go are the tiny shells. Make sure if you add Sea Sand it is collected from a beach that has not been polluted.

oyster shell

Fine Oyster Shell – Excellent source of calcium. I add a little to the grit pot.


Diatomaceous Earth -

Made from the fossilized shells of diatoms, an ancient kind of algae. These microscopic shells, consisting mostly of the mineral silica, accumulated in freshwater lake beds and formed huge silica deposits. When mined and ground into powder, it becomes what we call diatomaceous earth. This chalk-like powder is microscopically very hard, coarse, and absorbent.

DE is a very effective natural insecticide, is naturally free of chemicals, yet its mechanical structure makes it a bug killer. DE sticks to bugs, wicking away moisture from their exoskeletons. If bugs encounter enough of it, the DE will dehydrate and kill them. This makes DE a valuable remedy for mites, fleas, ants, and other insect infestations.

A little DE mixed with your seed will stop bugs and moths.

DE is effective in controlling red mite. Just add a little to the nestbox concave with shavings before pairing up. As the hen cleans the nest she will scatter it into any nook and crannies where mites may hide.

For additional protection sprinkle DE around the edges of your flight, or anywhere you think mites may crawl.


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