Budgie FAQs

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Why do birds need a Cuttlebone?

This is a good source of natural calcium for budgies. Mineral blocks can also be bought too. Some people may use liquid vitamin and mineral supplements, but those will be consumed through fresh fruits and vegetables. Cuttlebone contains necessary minerals and calcium, which helps birds with bone formation and blood clotting.

What’s the best diet for a budgie?

Good budgie food mostly consists of seeds and fresh fruits and vegetables. You can purchase budgie feed from your pet store or 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., Try to introduce pellets in the diet as well as a seed-only diet can lead to obesity.
A healthy diet is the best route to keeping your budgie happy and alive

What temperature should a house be for budgies?

Try to put the bird in a warm room where there is no temperature fluctuation. The light room will keep your bird stimulated and happy, and a room close to family activities will prevent your bird from becoming lonely and will get an untamed bird used to humans.

Avoid placing the cage in front of a sunny window or next to an open door. Cold drafts and over-exposure to the sun can kill your bird.

How much sleep do Budgies need?

Create a good environment for your budgie to sleep. When it’s time to sleep, simply throw a light towel or blanket over the cage. Make sure there is sufficient air ventilation – you don’t want to suffocate your new bird! Make sure that the bird cannot get its nails caught in the fabric.
This is also helpful when it’s noisy. The blanket will muffle most sounds, and will also keep cold drafts out. Budgies need 10-12 hours of sleep

Will my budgie learn to talk

Teaching your budgie to talk will take some time, teaching him this skill will allow you to develop a deep and enjoyable relationship with him.
It is easier to start with the animal’s name as it hears it all the time. Repeat your budgie’s name every time you see it and when you bring food. Try to speak in a high-pitched voice and say the name slowly and clearly.
Wait until the budgie is old enough. The bird should be at least three months old before it can speak. If you have more than one budgie, stick to the teaching of one name. You don’t want to make it too hard at first. Don’t forget to reward your budgie. If it doesn’t learn quickly, don’t punish it. It doesn’t understand right or wrong and will just mistrust you.

What’s the best material to put at the bottom of the cage?

Use the newspaper at the bottom of the cage. Wood shavings and chips are dusty and can irritate your bird’s respiratory system. Use the newspaper and be sure to change it daily. Avoid using cat litter, sand, wood shavings, or other materials in the bottom of the bird cage.

Newspaper lining or any other recycled paper lining should be free of colored ink, as some pigments used in some inks may be toxic to birds.
Try to have at least seven layers of paper down to catch and absorb all debris and droppings.

How long do budgies live?

A healthy parakeet can live for 15-20 years, which is more than many cats or dogs and most small mammals, but less than larger birds like parrots.

What size cage does a budgie require?

Birds need to have some space to play and stretch their wings. If you care about their well-being, try to find a model that lets the light go through. The cage should be at least 50 centimeters (19.7 in) D x 60 centimeters (23.6 in) H x 80 centimeters (31.5 in) W.
Try to buy a cage that is wider than it is tall and with a square top. Budgies fly horizontally, not vertically like quails. Fancy-topped cages are simply a waste of space and money.

My budgie’s cage came with plastic perches, do I need any other perches?

Your parakeet will need a few perches of different width and textures set up in its cage. This helps mimic the outdoors, and promotes foot and leg strength in your bird. Look for both wooden and rope perches for your parakeet.
Do not rely on the just the perch that came with the cage. Depending upon the manufacturer, these can be poorly made and using only the dowel could cause sores on the feet.
Vary the width and materials of the perches in the cage to prevent both foot sores and arthritis.

My Budgie is losing tons of feathers, what’s happening?

Unless your budgie has a feather disorder, he is molting, which is a very normal process. Moulting is part of the budgie’s yearly cycle and involves the gradual replacement of all the feathers. The process is gradual, to ensure that the bird is still able to fly and keep warm as it moults.

My budgie won’t bathe, what do I do

Fill a shallow bowl with lukewarm water. Water should only be an inch or two deep. It shouldn’t be too cold, as budgies are susceptible to cold.
You can also find baths that attach to the side of your bird’s cage.
If you find your bird doesn’t like the bowl of water, you can also try wet grass or greens at the bottom of a (clean) cage. Your bird will enjoy rolling in them as a way of bathing.

I have never seen my budgie drink, is he okay

Budgies are prey birds and drinking puts them in a very vulnerable position. Until your budgie is totally comfortable in your home you probably will not catch him drinking. Instead he will wait until he’s alone and feels safe to take the chance. Access to clean water is very important to budgie health, and it’s vitally important that you do not give them distilled water

Should I clip my budgies wings?

This can be a difficult decision to make once you get your bird. If you have questions about clipping the bird’s wings, talk to your veterinarian.
Trimming your bird’s wings does not cause it any pain when done properly by a professional. With its wings trimmed, your budgie will not be able to fly for a few months, until its feathers grow back. That way, you can leave its cage door open, and the budgie can explore more with less chance of it escaping. This can make it easier to train.
On the other hand, not everyone likes the idea of altering a bird. There are also concerns that the inability to fly can be distressing to a bird.

How can I tell if a budgie is young?

Young budgies have stripes or bars on the cap of their head that stretch all the way down to the base of the upper beak. If the budgie has these stripes, the bird is less than 3 or 4 months old.The base of the upper beak is known as the cere.
A budgie with stripes stretching down to its cere has not experienced its first molt, when it loses the striped feathers on its head.

How can you tell the sex of a budgie?

Young male budgies have a rose or bluish-purple cere.
In adult males, the cere will be a shade of blue, violet or vivid pink. In adult females, the cere is brown, beige or whitish.

Should I get one budgie or two?

A pair of budgies will, generally, be happier than a single budgie. They are sociable birds, and in the wild, they live in large flocks. A budgie without a flock is an incomplete, lonely budgie.
If you do plan on taming and bonding with your pet budgie, then it is perfectly okay for you to only get one budgie. You can provide your budgie with all the social interaction and support that it needs.

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