How to Take Care of a Budgie, Parakeet | All The Basics and more!

how to take care of a budget buddy radars or buggies for short a delightful birds that make great pets in fact they have the third most kept pet after dogs and cats this Australian bird costs little to keep is happy in a home environment and we'll even tried to copy your words over time if you've just bought home your first budgie you'll want to ensure that it stays healthy and happy setting up its home by a big cage birds need to have some space to play and stretch the wings if you care about the well-being try to find a model which lets the light go through try to buy a cage that is wider than it is tall and with the Square top budgies fly horizontally not vertically like quails fancy topped cages are simply a waste of space and money do not buy a circular cage as a budgie cannot stretch its wings and fly properly in one your budgie must be able to spread its wings and fly do not crowd the cage with toys purchase or other budgets test a few cages and look for one that you can clean easily can your hand into the cage easily remember that budgies poop every ten to fifteen minutes you can keep the same cage if you decide to have one more budgie try to buy a bigger model if you have more than to add a bath budgies might pull off but they also like to stay clean they even like to go underwater for fun look at your favorite pet shop for a stable mini bathtub made out of plastic that you can hook to the cage it must be accessible for the budgie and easy to refill from the outside don't fill the bath too much you don't want the budgie to spill water on the bottom of the cage every time he goes in its bathtub budgies will clean themselves if you spray some water onto them it's not a must for them to have a bird baths add a few toys and perches of different thicknesses shapes and textures natural perches are great especially compared to dual of plastic perch they also look far better make sure that the perch is stable to avoid any injury there is a great variety of toys look out for ladders bells balls etc they will keep your budgie stimulated check that the wood is safe for the bird such as eucalyptus Durrell purchase a plastic perches can pose foot problems due to the lack of foot exercises avoid perches and toys made out of pruners trees as they might contain cyanogenic glycosides also avoid oak because of the contains tannins there are no confirmed bird deaths but it's always better to be on the safe side try to avoid concrete perches as they are hard on the bird's feet but if you must use them or position them at the lowest point possible don't give the budgie too much toys or perches two or three different toys are perfect for one budgie but you don't want to fill the cage up with unwanted toys so that the bird feels crowded budgets should always have toys in their cage for mental stimulation no toys conveys boredom which leads to feather plucking think about the room try to put the bird in a warm room where there is no temperature fluctuation a light room will keep your bird stimulated and happy avoid placing the cage in front of a sunny window next to an open door cold drafts and overexposure to the Sun can kill your bird taking good care of the budget feed your budgie properly good budgie food mostly consists of seeds and fresh fruits and vegetables you can purchase budgie feed from your pet store a grocery store this will make up most of your Birds diet but you can also supplement it with other types of food like coriander leaves greens etc tried to introduce pellets in the diet as well as the seed only diet can lead to obesity never feed your budgie avocado chocolate caffeine or alcohol these are toxic to the birds make sure the budgie has enough water to drink in its dispenser the bird will know how much to drink change the water daily to prevent bacterial build-up add a cuttlebone this is a good source of natural calcium for budges mineral blocks can also be bought to some people may use liquid vitamin and mineral supplements those will be consumed through the fresh fruits and vegetables clean out the budgie is cage at least once a week this will keep a budgie safe from disease germs clean only with mild dish soap and water will avoid using any cleaning products unless you are 100% sure that they are safe for birds try misting your bird with a fine spray from a misting bottle to keep the bird cool create the good environment for sleep when it's time to sleep simply throw a light towel a blanket over the cage make sure there is sufficient air ventilation you don't want to suffocate your new bird this is also helpful when it's noisy the blank pit will block most sounds if your budgie is frightened by the dark add a little nightlight don't let your bird panic it might fly around the cage and injury itself check the towel to make sure your budgies cannot get their claws caught don't forget to monitor its health take the budgie to the veterinary surgeon at least once a year for a checkup if your bird acts weirdly or if you spot anything unusual go to the veterinary surgeon as quickly as you can look out for abnormal breathing discharge from the eyes at the beak new poisson the feather abnormal behavior and a loss of weight if any of these symptoms occurs call the veterinary surgeon immediately settling in make sure that the budgie is comfortable on arriving at its new home give it some time to get used to its new surroundings about three or four days at least never rush your budget it will adapt on its own stay close to the cage talk to it sweetly and quietly as you wait for it to adjust but do not try to handle it it will get used to you in the course of a few days or weeks avoid loud noises and screams your budget is likely to be stressed by this new environment name your budget saying it often especially when you feed it so that it get used to its new name introduce your household progressively your budgie might be overwhelmed if there are too many people around bring your family members once at a time and make them repeat its name let your household feed the bird to gain its trust be careful if you have another pet especially a cat cats and natural predators and they are likely to find your budgie suitable for the next meal check that your children treat the bird with respect little children can get overexcited when they have a new pet always make sure to be in the room when they look at the bird don't let them hit the cage you tried to grab the budgie seek to win the budgies trust put your hand in the cage after a few days just place it there and don't move it for some time repeat this for some days to allow your budgie to get use to you when the budgie seems okay with your hand place your finger inside the cage then push it slightly against your budgie chest this will encourage it to climb on your finger do this for some days feed your budgie from your finger dip your finger in water and put some millet grains on it the water will make the millet grains to stick on your finger place your finger near the budgies mouth and it will leave them if it's grown used to you after doing this a few times hold the budget gently in your hand do this briefly at first then extend the time don't handle the budgie too much during its first two to three weeks eventually as it becomes used to its new environment start interacting with it more and more and eventually it will know you are a friend and not a predator if you rush things the budgie may start being a little anxious and afraid this will is it to fail to bond with you always treat your budgie with love and kindness remember that the bird is fragile given the strength of a human hand and therefore requires that you handle it with care always remember to teach people new to birds had to handle and properly play with this delicate little creature never piss your budgie humans saliva is toxic to buddies and they might carry easily transmit all diseases keeping your budgie stimulated wakes the pros and cons of a mirror adding a mirror in the cage of your budgie can keep the bird entertained for hours they love to look and talk at the reflection but be aware that there are debates about potential psychological damages instead of a mirror consider a second bird budgies love company and will probably welcome a new friend a mirror will merge certainly with mail often also with female budgets lead to camp infections as parakeets regurgitate to feed the mates a mirror the feeding bird itself will not provide the needed feedback that has to come from a reanimate if you decide to install a mirror make sure that it's fixed to the cage and doesn't present a risk to your bird talk and play to the budgie often your bird will love the interaction in the games and is likely to become very chatty move your finger in front of it if it is shaking its head in the same direction it means that it loves to play and is very active let the budgie fly in a room once the bird is at ease with you and its environment you can let it fly in a room with all of the windows and doors closed to call it back switch off all the lights and the curtain of one window open but remember the window must be closed the budgie will be attracted towards the light hold it gently and put it back inside the cage make sure that the bird is safe put the cat away and look out for potential escape routes you

26 thoughts on “How to Take Care of a Budgie, Parakeet | All The Basics and more!

  1. I got a huge cage and I got two parakeets and five toys in the cage and I change their food water and I change the bottom of their cage

    Is that good?

  2. I've heard many different opinions on mirrors and I just wanted to quickly ask in order to see if it's okay. Sidenote: I haven't gotten a parakeet yet but we're planning to. I have a gigantic mirror in my room installed to my dresser. Say the bird is let out for some time, would this cause a negative effect on my bird? I'm not sure on what to side on, an there's almost no way I can uninstall it. Any advice or comments?

  3. My dad doesn't want me to get one, I told him I would do anything, I mean anything. I need to try to find a way to convince him, maybe if I get like 500 likes he'll let me, I'm not hungry for likes but please guys, I really really want a budgie

  4. I might get one and I have a cat. Don’t worry shes not going to be allowed in my room. I hope my dad and mum say yes!

  5. I'm getting a bird tomorrow (Saturday, March 8)
    Yay!!! 😀
    ps. I did a month full of research I think I'm ready

  6. Really DO NOT give the budgie a mirror. It causes depression and psychosis in the budgie, since it thinks that the reflection is another bird, and tries to feed it, which it obviously can't.
    Please, just get two budgies instead

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