Budgie snacks

Budgie snacks

Since many nibble sticks and snacks contain honey and some other undesirable ingredients (e.g. bakery by-products), I would like to collect recipes here on how to make budgie snacks yourself.

Snacks with psyllium husk

Snacks with psyllium husk

Since this recipe does not use starch (flour or potatoes) for binding, but psyllium husks, it should also be possible to prepare snacks for macrorhabdiosis patients.

Basic recipe


For my measurements I have special measuring spoons used, as they are also used, for example, in baking.


  • Add psyllium husks to the water and stir
  • This approx. 15 min. sources let
  • Add grain mixture and herbs, if desired, and mix well
  • Shape snacks and place on wire rack with baking paper
  • Cook at 120°C (convection oven) for approx. 30min. dry

By using psyllium husks, the budgie snacks do not have to be baked, but only dried. A lower temperature (90°C) would also be possible for this, as long as the time (45min.) is adjusted accordingly.

Primus Basis (Claus)

Composition: silver millet, La Plata millet, Japan millet, red millet, Senegal millet, green millet, mohair millet, manna millet, glossy seed, meadow fescue, Pagima Green and cocksfoot, oat kernels, herbs.

Moult – Snack

Moult - Snack

The moult snack also contains various herbs that contain important nutrients for feather formation:

  • Silica
  • sulfurous amino acids
  • Minerals & Vitamins

Ingredients (single herbs):

Ingredients (herbal mixture):

Megabacteriosis – Snack

Since budgies with megabacteriosis must not be fed foods containing sugar or starch, ground psyllium husks are a suitable binding agent for this very purpose.

The grain mixture also contains herbs that have an expectorant, antibacterial and germicidal effect and should relieve the discomfort:

  • Thyme
  • Fennel
  • Oregano
  • Basil


Autumn nibbles

Why not make good use of walnut shells to make budgie snacks. Here is a suitable recipe.




  • Carefully open the walnuts so that the shell halves remain whole and remove the nut kernels
  • Add psyllium husks to the water and stir
  • This approx. 15 min. sources let
  • Add the grain mixture and mix well
  • Fill the mixture into walnut halves
  • Cook at 90°C (convection oven) for approx. 45-60min. dry

Potato based snacks

Potato snack with Emil

It may sound strange at first glance to use potatoes as a binder, but anyone who has ever tried to scrape dried potato scraps off a plate will understand.

The idea for the recipe base comes from Wencke and is posted on her budgie blog can be found.

Basic recipe


  • small boiled potato(without salt!)
  • 2-3 tbsp grain food
  • possibly suitable herbs (e.g. basil)


  • Mash the peeled and still lukewarm potato with a fork until you have a mashed potato-like mass. (add a splash of water if necessary)
  • Mix in grains little by little and knead with a fork
  • Shape the mass into small balls or sticks
  • Let snacks dry

Wild herbs snack

Wild herbs snack
Ready-made wild herbs nibble snacks

Since my budgies are really into ribwort and dandelion, I decided to make my first attempt at a snack with wild herbs.


  • small boiled potato(without salt!)
  • 3-4 tablespoons of grain food (e.g.“budgie – vegetables“)
  • Wild herbs (e.g. ribwort, dandelion and wild carrot)


  • Cut wild herbs small
  • Mash the peeled, still lukewarm potato together with the wild herbs with a fork until you have a mashed potato-like mass (add a little water if necessary).
  • gradually mix in the grain feed until you reach the desired consistency
  • form the mass into small balls (or something else)
  • place on wire rack (with baking paper) and bake for approx. 30 min. let dry at 120°C (circulating air)
Potato snack shaped
Finished rolled and ready for drying

Of course, you could also let the snack balls air dry. However, drying at 100°C has the advantage that they are “sterilised” at the same time and should therefore have a longer shelf life.

The snacks that are not eaten immediately can be frozen, for example, and then taken out and defrosted as needed the night before.

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