I don’t know about you, but whenever I have had a pet bird, be it a budgie, parrot, or canary, the first food I have at my fingertips is cooked white rice, it is very cheap food, easy to get and is not supposed to represent any danger of ingestion for a bird.
And although it is not at all advisable to feed cooked human food to budgies, cooked white rice is actually not harmful, as long as it does not contain other ingredients.
Budgies can eat cooked white rice, in fact, rice is a carbohydrate that is part of the food of all birds, remember that birds are grain eaters by nature, and rice is a grain, very nutritious by the way.
For many birdkeepers, there is some confusion regarding whether or not to let their budgies eat rice, this is understandable, mainly because of the rumors that exist about rice, there is a myth that says that if a bird eats rice it’s stomach swells and could explode.
You should not worry, although rice should not be the main food of a parakeet, it will not do any harm. You can mix rice (unsalted or seasoned) with bird-friendly fruits and vegetables for a variety of nutrients.
Can budgies eat boiled rice?
Budgies can eat boiled rice without problems, you can use brown rice, white rice, or parboiled rice, just like potatoes, the rice must be cooked without salt and be cold.
You should also wash the rice with cold water after cooking, this prevents sticking, most budgies prefer rice when the grains are separated.
Boiled rice is well tolerated by budgies, it is low in fat and high in protein, it also contains minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and copper. Finally, rice also has several B vitamins and vitamin E.
On the other hand, rice also contains a lot of carbohydrates, in the long term, these can cause obesity in birds, therefore, healthy birds should eat rice only occasionally and in small amounts.
However, rice is very good food for sick and weak budgies that need to gain weight quickly.
Cooked rice, without added salt, is a beneficial food source for budgies, especially during the winter. Keep in mind that once this food turns to a pulp when wet, it becomes dangerous to eat. Make sure that budgies always have a supply of drinking water nearby.
Can budgies eat raw rice?
Adult budgies can eat uncooked rice grains, although the preferred way to feed rice to budgies is boiled as it is easier to digest, uncooked rice is only good for large birds such as pheasants and pigeons.
How much cooked rice can a budgie eat?
Keep in mind that rice is a food rich in carbohydrates and is fermented in the stomach of the budgie can expand and satiate quickly, you should not exaggerate with the amount of rice to supply the budgie, with a few grains of rice is enough, in addition, it is advisable to supplement with other foods.
Can baby budgies eat rice?
Young budgies do not really like to eat rice, maybe because they are not used to it, but rice does not cause any harm, adult budgies can eat rice as whole grain, for baby budgie rice should be given in small portions and the grain fractionated so that they can digest it without any problem.
Does rice inflame the stomach of budgies?
Although it is a myth that birds can explode when eating rice, there is some truth in this, the stomach can swell when eating a lot of rice, this is normal for any living being.
Rice is a carbohydrate, which when metabolized in the stomach and intestines produces CO2, that CO2 produced in excess literally inflates the stomach. This is due to the fermentation process that occurs in the digestive tract bacteria.
My experience feeding cooked white rice to some birds
Not that I’m Asian or anything, but in the culture where I live it is customary to eat rice every day, in the backyard of my house, I would always throw a few grains of cooked white rice and watch birds of different sizes feast on rice.
I did this almost daily for a long time, and I even got to recognize some of the birds that visited my backyard, obviously, none of these birds suffered any harm from eating rice, and they ate a lot, they enjoyed it.
Birds have strong digestive abilities and eat a large amount of food without being hungry, which is related to the large energy consumption of birds when they fly.
Cooked and other forbidden foods for budgies
Budgies can only eat certain cooked foods, which must be prepared in a certain way so that they do not harm them.
However, this also means that under no circumstances should you be in the habit of offering your budgie food for regular human consumption. On the one hand, our food has too much fat, sugar, and salt, all of which are harmful to the budgie.
On the other hand, it also contains other ingredients that are incompatible or even toxic to budgies. Table scraps are therefore very dangerous for budgerigars. The birds can suffer serious organ damage or, in the worst case, die immediately.
All food cooked for humans is therefore taboo for budgies, this does not only include hot dishes at lunch or dinner, also strictly forbidden are bread, pastries, cookies, cakes, pies, cakes, meat, sausages, bacon, pet food, cheese, milk and milk products, ice cubes, salt, ice cream, candy, and sugar.
Don’t make exceptions, this also applies if a bird has already nibbled on its food and then continued to feel fine. Some cooked foods only cause major symptoms over time and then death.