Do Budgies Like Strawberries & Are They Healthy & Safe For Them to Eat?

Shaun Bird | Updated: August 22, 2020

Strawberries are delicious, nutritious, and a great way of cooling down during the summer.  Have you ever wondered, can budgies eat strawberries?

The simple answer is yes, budgies can eat strawberries, the small seeds, and leafy tops too…  Budgies love most types of berries when served correctly.

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Always try to feed budgies organic strawberries as they don’t have pesticides on them.

Are Strawberries Good for Budgies?

Strawberries, like lots of other fruits too, are packed full of antioxidants and can help with the immune system and the wellbeing of your bird.

Strawberries are particularly high in vitamin C, magnesium and also contain a fair amount of dietary fiber for digestion, however, they’re also high in water and fructose.

Nutritional Content of Strawberries

Typical Values Per 100g
Total Fat 0.3g
of which saturated 0.0g
Carbohydrate 8g
of which sugars 4.9g
Fiber 2.0g
Protein 0.7g
Salt 1.0mg
Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamin C
Calcium
Iron
Magnesium

Carbohydrates

The carbs in strawberries are mostly natural sugars and are not beneficial for the well-being of your bird.  Fructose can cause digestive issues if they’re fed too much and too often.

Fiber

Alternatively, there is fiber in strawberries and if you include the seeds and leafy stalk then you are giving them extra roughage which can help with digestion and bowel regularity.

Potassium

The potassium content is relatively small in strawberries but potassium can help budgies with fluid balance, nerve signals, and muscle contractions.

Protein

Protein helps with muscle strength, repair and can also help prevent your bird from overeating.  Protein can help your bird with a sense of feeling full and prevent overconsuming.

Lack of protein may cause your budgie problems with standing on its perch, can cause flying difficulties, and reduce over strength and muscle maintenance.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps budgies with stress and can help them combat illness and maintain overall wellbeing.

Calcium

Calcium is good for bones, heart, nerves, and muscles all need calcium in order to function properly.

How to Feed Strawberries to Budgies?

As mentioned before, strawberries and other food types can have pesticides and other nasty chemicals sprayed on them at certain points before arriving on the shelves.

Therefore, rinsing the strawberry is necessary before giving it to your budgie.

strawberry

Ideally, you should feed your budgie garden-grown or shop-bought organic strawberries.  This way at least you know that dodgy chemicals have not been used and that the organic strawberries don’t contain contaminants.

Once you’ve got your strawberries for your bird you need to rinse them underneath the tap and then carefully cut them into small pieces to place in their food bowl or big enough to lodge between the bars of its cage.

Nutritionally, it’s best to wash the strawberries whole before cutting them up because if you cut them into pieces beforehand and then wash them you are washing away any flavor and natural juices.

The pieces of strawberry should only be left for a few hours to prevent them from drying out and before they can begin to rot.

When feeding strawberries you should also keep a watch out for flies as they could cause illness to your bird should they land on the fresh strawberry.

See long list of fruits to feed your budgie HERE…