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Can Parakeets Eat Raw Quinoa?

Kurt N. inquires:


Can parakeets eat raw quinoa?


Some sites say yes some say no.


The “no” ones say it will swell up in their stomachs like rice.


But the rice one has been proven to be an urban legend. I ask though because quinoa is not rice.


Dear Kurt


We recently spoke on the phone.


I told you that quinoa will not “swell in a bird’s stomach”.

It is no different than any other grain.

Not all birds will eat raw quinoa due to the bitterness.


Allow me to expand.


The flavor is not always a problem.


Tweeky Clean feeders in our budgie aviary ~ Video


Birds have an average of 350 taste buds vs 9000 in humans.


If your birds don’t eat it, then consider rinsing and sprouting the grain or cooking it.


Get Budgies to Eat Veggies


Here are the links for BLOG posts with my Parakeet Seed recipe.


Our Recipe For A Perfect Parakeet Mix


What is The Perfect Recipe for Your Parakeet Blend Seed Mix?


I hope these ideas help with your budgie’s nutrition.





Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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