Can Budgies eat Kiwi? Budgies can absolutely eat kiwi.
As well as the fruit, budgies can eat kiwi seeds without any problems. This is not the case with all fruits, as some pips and fruit stones can be poisonous for birds. In the right amounts, kiwi is a very healthy addition to your budgie’s diet. Just don’t feed them too much fruit, or you could upset their digestion.
This article will tell you how to prepare kiwi for your budgies. It will also give you some ideas of other fruits that they can eat, so you can make sure they get a nutritious diet.
Benefits of Feeding Kiwi to Your Budgie
Kiwi has lots of vitamin C and fiber.
Vitamin C isn’t an essential nutrient for most birds because they can make it themselves. But for a bird that is unwell or under stress, vitamin C can be a helpful supplement.
The fiber in kiwi will help keep your bird’s digestive system running smoothly. But if they eat too much of it, they can get diarrhea.
Kiwi also contains:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin E
These are all important for your bird. Folate is particularly good for supporting the immune system.
Don’t worry too much about exactly which nutrients are in each food type. The best way to make sure your budgies get the right nutrition is to give them a high-quality, balanced pellet mix and include a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in small amounts.
You don’t have to research every single vitamin and mineral and work out what percentage of different fruits to give your bird.
What Part of the Kiwi Can Budgies Eat?
Budgies can eat kiwi seeds. These seeds are too small to pose a choking hazard, and they don’t contain anything poisonous. Apple seeds, on the other hand, are very dangerous for birds. They contain cyanide and should not be fed to budgies.
Budgies can also eat kiwi fruit. They shouldn’t overeat it because it is high in fiber. This can cause digestive problems like diarrhea if they overdo it, potentially leading to malnutrition or dehydration.
It’s not a big deal if your budgie’s poops occasionally get looser after consumption of too much fruit. Just remove the food that caused the problem until things have gone back to normal.
But if your budgie’s digestion doesn’t resolve itself quickly, you should go to the vet to see if something more serious is going on.
In general, budgies can eat kiwi skin. But if the kiwi has been sprayed with pesticides, these can make your bird very sick. Toxic chemicals tend to gather beneath the skin of fruit and vegetables, so you should peel anything that isn’t organic.
This might sound a bit over the top but birds are really sensitive to pesticides and herbicides. It doesn’t take much to make them ill, so you need to be careful about these things.
How to Serve Kiwi to Your Budgie
If you have only a couple of birds, you might want to slice up a few small chunks of kiwi and pop them on a dish in the cage. I wouldn’t feed them a whole kiwi.
This will waste food, plus your birds could end up eating too much and not feeling great.
The best time to feed some kiwi would be when you’ve prepared some for yourself anyway. You can share a small amount with your birds.
You might use kiwi as part of a fruit skewer that budgies can perch on. But if the fruit is very ripe, it’d probably be too soft for that.
What Other Fruits Can Budgies Eat?
Budgies can eat lots of different fruits. Here are some other suggestions for you to add to their diet:
- Melon (careful about large seeds—they can be a choking hazard)
- Apple (not the seeds)
- Tomato (not any leaves or green parts, though)
Budgies shouldn’t eat too much of any fruit because this can give them a runny tummy. And, of course, a budgie’s diet shouldn’t contain fruit alone.
They need a well-balanced pellet mix, a small amount of seeds, access to a cuttlebone or calcium block, and some fruit and vegetables.
Budgies also need plenty of fresh water for both drinking and bathing.
What Can’t Budgies Eat?
There are certain foods that you shouldn’t feed to your budgie. Some of them are poisonous, and some of them are just too high in fats or sugars.
You should not give your budgies:
- Meat and fish
- Raw potato
This isn’t an exhaustive list, so don’t hesitate to double-check about any food types you’re not sure about.
Be careful about processed foods. Many budgies are overweight, and this can cause all kinds of health complications when the fat gathers around internal organs.
Kiwi is a lovely addition to your budgie’s diet. They can eat all parts of the fruit, including the seeds and skin.
Do be careful about feeding your budgies any fruit that isn’t organic because they are particularly sensitive to pesticides.
Even if they don’t have a significant reaction right away, chemicals sprayed on fruit and vegetables will kill the good bacteria that live in your bird’s gut, making their already sensitive digestive system even more vulnerable.
That doesn’t mean you should avoid fruit and veggies altogether. Giving your bird a variety of food types will keep them curious and healthy.
Just make sure to prepare food appropriately, and your budgie will be very happy with the new addition to their breakfast!
My name is Niels Joensen, and I’m the creator of Wings and Beaks. I got my first two budgies at the age of 13, and right away, I fell in love with these beautiful tiny birds. Wings and Beaks is where I share my knowledge and passion for budgies with other bird owners.