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Feeding Herbivores Animals by Herbivoree Feeding Herbivores Animals by Herbivoree
After going vegan I was surprised by how hard it was to find vegan food for budgies. Like obviously meal worms people feed to budgies for some... ridiculous reason won't be vegan, but it just amazed me that bagged bird food wasn't when nearly every site online calls budgies herbivores. There are brands out there that don't have D3, but my local petstores don't carry them so I make my own seed. It just has oats and millet and I give them plenty of fresh veggies and fruit.

The blocks that grind down their teeth, cuttlebone, are actual bones. The brand Kaytee usually sells vegan mineral blocks that do the trick, but if your local petstores have stopped carrying them (like mine have) another option is to buy lava blocks. They sell them for chinchillas to grind their teeth down on and my budgies happily eat them. They're about the same hardness as cuttlebones.

I still need to name this budgie who will be the second character in my little comic series. I'm thinking of a plant name like Foxglove or Periwinkle. You can comment with suggestions if you like. c:

Please note me if you'd like to use this anywhere. I love to share.
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Michell-Vall Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
good someones getting these messages out there, companies should really mention such things on labels

but I still fell like pointing out budgies are omnivores, in the wild they eat insects and scavenge carcasses
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JessyBR Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's very interesting! A comic but actually informative, well done Clap
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a really interesting point
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Herbivoree Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Thanks c:
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0Ash0 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist
To be more precise, I heard the cuttlebones were made from seal bone O_o Never get them. Luckily they still sell the mineral blocks at the pet store I go to. I didn't realize people fed their budgies meal worms >_> That's disturbing to think about, considering they can actually eat their way through an animal's stomach if you don't cut their heads off first, which personally, I would not have the heart to do.

I've been thinking of making one of these types of comics, if you don't mind.
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Michell-Vall Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
seal bone wouldn't have the same effects as cuttlebone, not to mention it would be more expensive and difficult to obtain in the first place

cuttlebone comes from cephalopods (squids, cuttlefish, octopi, etc.), mammal bones are of an entirely different makeup and wouldn't be the calcium rich supplements cuttlebones are
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Herbivoree Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
oh really! Seal bone, I shall have to check that one out. If that's true it's a bit sad to say but I'm sure people would feel worse about feeding their pet part of a seal than a fish.

Ack you're so lucky, I can't find normal mineral blocks anywhere. and Yeah I remember when I got my first budgie when I was like 10 and in a book all about budgies it showed all the types of insects you can feed them and how to keep them. I was completely grossed out. I'm not sure how common it is, as I've only seen it in books and have never seen insects actually sold for budgie food. Mind you I've never looked. xD

Go for it! =) The whole idea of the comics is to share information in a creative way, so I'm glad that I've inspired you to share as well. ^^
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QueenofJest Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, cuttlebone comes from the backbone of cuttlefish, which are mollusks like octopus and squid~ I used to gather them on the beach (they died naturally and their backbone washes to shore)when I was little, wash them really well, and then give them to my birds. Until a few years ago, and it occurred to me - When on earth would a cockatiel or budgie go scavenging on a BEACH for something to eat?!? Hahah~

As the cuttlefish whose bones I collected died naturally, I never had a problem with it. However, (again, after researching a few years later) cuttlebone actually has very little calcium as otherwise believed, and thus you'd be better off feeding calcium rich veggies instead of cuttlebone. Also, they have a hard, shell like material on one side. Now Ive always gone through the trouble of scraping that off, but its always sold with it on. When this is chipped, whether by something like dropping or being bitten off, the edges can be quite sharp. This has actually been known to cause throat and crop problems. =( Plus every budgie book Ive read goes on about feeding both cuttlebone AND calcium powerd/water tablets - Birds like budgies actually dont need as much calcium as books try to get their owners to push onto them 0.0

But I never knew bird food contained D3 0.0 Why?? Its rather odd...

Lol, sorry for the long post, I never miss a chance to educate ^^;

Regardless, you bring up a very valid point~ Cute comic 8D
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Michell-Vall Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
cuttlebones are more than just calcium, for some birds (namely larger parrots) they serve more as an enrichment, an edible chewing toy
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QueenofJest Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They can indeed - Thats pretty much all my bird uses them for (He also likes to sleep on them??)
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