Budgie Care Guide

Budgies make great pets and are particularly suited to families with older children. Budgies become very tame when given plenty of human contact and are lively sociable animals. However, as with any pet you should ask yourself a few questions before bringing a new member into your family.

Do you want a sociable bird that is eager to come out of his cage regularly or a bird that is happy to stay inside and not be touched? Budgies are sociable birds that enjoy the company of other birds and become very tame when properly socialised. Your budgie will enjoy interacting with you including playing games and you should be prepared to let your budgie out of its cage to stretch its wings.

Because of the wide variety of natural habitats different birds often have very different nutritional and maintenance needs. Read this guide for information on budgies basic nutritional and environmental needs.

Are you ready for a long term commitment? Budgies live around 10 years, so make sure that you are willing to put in the time over a long period to care for your pet. Remember you get as much out of it as you put into it!


Feeding and Diet

A pelleted commercial diet is best for your bird as it stops selective feeding so that your bird gets all of the nutrients that it needs rather then picking and choosing a la carte!

To minimise the danger of instestinal problems feed a varied diet including a good quality formulated budgie food and fresh fruit and vegetables. Your bird may reject some of what you give him but you will learn his tastes through trial and error

Fresh water should be readily available to your birds for drinking and bathing. Birds will not distinguish between these two functions so there is no need to separate the water sources. Just make sure that they have plenty of fresh water on hand at all times.

Provide cuttlefish as a source of calcium for your bird. It is also a good idea to supplement his diet with mineral supplements. You should also provide your bird with grit or sand as this will help him digest his food.

Never feed your bird spicy food, chocolate, coffee, cheese or alcohol!


How Much Should I feed?

Use trial and error to see how much food your bird eats. Always feed in moderate amounts and change food daily. Set a regular feeding schedule and stick to it. Your birds will become used to being fed at regular times of the day.
Keep food away from perches and water to stop it from being splashed or soiled.


Socialising

Budgies should generally not be kept singly. While Budgies will accept their human owner as a flock mate this is not a substitute for the companionship of another bird. Birds kept singly may exhibit strange behaviours that lead to serious physical illnesses.

Give it 2 to 3 weeks before taking it out of its cage. In the meantime get it used to your hand by introducing treats to by hand. When you first let it out of its cage you should cover the windows with curtains. Take anything that is harmful out of the room, budgies are like babies and love to pull, tug and poke at things!

Give your bird plenty of time and they will soon become used to you and their new home!


Moulting

Your budgie will renew his covering of feathers 2 to 3 times per year. The bird requires special care and attention during this period. New feathers appear cased in a covering that makes it very difficult you’re your bird to fly. The moulting process is physically demanding for your pet. You should provide a high protein food and vitamin supplements as well as peace and quiet.


Housing

Any housing that we provide a budgie with is small in comparison with their native freedom so remember that the bigger the aviary the better. Budgies love to fly around and one of the great delights of owning Budgies is watching them in action. The bigger the cage the better- don’t let budgies small size fool you! Make sure that your birds get sufficient light but do not expose them to direct sunlight unless they have plenty of shade.

Let your bird fly free once a day to stretch itself and exercise. You should introduce this freedom gradually once your Budgie is well established in the home. Do not force it out of the cage as this confuse it and damage its confidence.

Daylight is important to birds in regulating their day so they will need plenty of light especially in winter. Remember that in nature they get 12 hours daylight, so be prepared to provide the same in captivity. At night cover your birds cage with a sheet to allow them get their rest, this is particularly important if they are kept in house with sources of artificial light that can reach their cage. Do not place the cage in an area where it will be exposed to drafts as Budgies cannot deal with temperature fluctuations.

Budgies are intelligent, inquisitive birds that need lots of stimulation. You should provide plenty of toys, games and distractions in his cage to encourage your bird’s natural curiosity.


Health and Disease

You can prevent a lot of health related problems by looking after your Budgies properly. Clean the cage regularly and make sure that food and water are regularly refreshed. Do not leave stale food or water in the cage.

Common signs of ill health include lethargy, lumps or swelling, forced breathing, fluffed up feathers and closed eyes. If you see any of these symptoms in one of your birds, separate it from the other birds and take it to the vet immediately.

Check your birds claws regularly to make sure that they are not getting too long.


Checklist

  • Cage
  • Feed
  • Cuttlefish
  • Water Bowl
  • Food Bowl
  • Extra perches
  • Toys

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