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Caring for BUDGIEs - Understand the basics
This Little Bird Makes Cheery Pets
the budgie species
Also known as a budgerigar, this small bird is a member of the parrot family.
Its closest relatives include parakeets, lovebirds, pygmy parrots and tiger parrots. Technically all budgies are parakeets but not all parakeets are budgies.
These charming birds are natives to Australia and are popular pet birds common in households. A budgie’s natural colouring is green and yellow. Colourful budgies are usually specially bred for trade. As such, you will never find a blue budgie in the wild.
Its beaks are quite small, and the base of the bill is usually blue. They are just six or seven inches long from tip of its head to tail, and weigh no more than an ounce. These birds have long, pointed tails and wings and can live up to 10 years.
food and nutrition is important in caring for budgies
Budgies are herbivores, and their primary food source is seeds and grains. They also feed on pellets, leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits.
Pellets make a good base diet for feeding and caring for budgies. Leafy greens provide essential vitamins and minerals and can be given to them every other day. Fruits are treats to budgies and best given only once monthly. Any uneaten food should be removed daily and replace with fresh food.
A water dish allows budgies access to drinking water at all times. Ensure the water bowl is full and fresh often. Cleanliness and hygiene is also important in caring for budgies. Avoid placing the budgie’s water bowl underneath their perch as they can contaminate it.
In caring for budgies, comfortable housing is essential
A budgie’s cage and home should give them room to spread their wings and fly around. Budgies are highly inquisitive and active birds. Fend off boredom for pet budgies and fill their home with perches, swings and interactive elements to stimulate their senses.
Place the cage at eye level, away from excessive sunlight and away from pungent smells, like cooking fumes in the kitchen. Budgies have readily absorb anything in the air and easily suffer toxic side effects from things like aerosols, cigarette smoke and essential oils.
Line the base of the cage with paper to collect droppings. Change the paper at the base of the cage daily and clean perches weekly.
Provide a water bowl for the budgie to bathe when they please.
Green and yellow is the natural colouring for budgies.
Budgie pairs are usually monogamous, and remain together. The female lays an average of five eggs, which she incubates for about two and a half or three weeks. It takes about a month for the chicks to fledge, and they are independent soon after.
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