Budgies as pets are the most popular, well-known first bird to own in America and around the world. They are a small bird in a big package with a playful personality and are available at a reasonably low cost. Budgies, also known as Parakeets, are sweet and social little birds.
There are two types of Budgies, the American Budgie and the English Budgie. The English refers to a budgie that is larger in size and was bred for show quality. American Budgies are more common and seen in the pet industry. They both make excellent companion birds.
Along with the popular blue and green parakeet, there are a variety of other fun color mutations available today. Some of these but not limited to are lutino, albino, fallows, pied, and pastels. Budgies are recommended for those starting with a first bird and for those that have the desire and passion to own a smaller bird.
Parakeets have a great talent to sing and chatter. Many are able to learn several words and phrases. They are easy to tame and can be trained to perch on the finger. All that is required to accomplish this is patience, consistency (taking the bird out of the cage daily), and a lot of unconditional love.
Budgies originate from Australia's mainland. In the wild, Budgies are green with black markings. The colors available today are the result of captivity.
Proper parakeet care and diet is very important. In the wild, budgies eat greens and fresh seed. In captivity, they should be given a balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, a high quality seed mixture that contains many different small seed elements, and commercial parakeets pellets.
Cuttlebones are very beneficial and will provide the additional calcium for the budgie diet. Replenishing clean drinking water daily and any time water has been contaminated is a necessary step to maintaining a healthy parrot.
Millet Spray is a favorite among the smaller birds. Using a fun millet holder will provide your budgie with enrichment at getting to the treat. Check out the fresh foods you should be feeding your parrot on our
With the proper diet, environment, and a bonded mate, budgies can easily be successful at producing offspring. Sexual maturity for budgies is at one year of age. It is fairly easy to determine the age of the bird by looking at the crest or forehead.
An adult parakeet will have a solid color forehead, followed by the traditional black stripes, babies are born with several black stripes at the beginning of the head moving back.
The sex of the bird can usually be determined by looking at a mature adult budgie's cere or nostril tissue. Females will have a brown or cream color, (sometimes white with a light blue), and a male will have a dark blue cere. Some mutations such as the lutino and albino may not be able to be accurately determined because of the lack of pigment.
Once the breeding environment is established with a suitable mate, cage, and nest box, the female will lay two to six eggs. The female parakeet will lay one every other day. Incubation is for 18 days. The hatchlings will be ready to leave the nest if parent-fed between 5 to 7 weeks old.
Breeding season is typically from fall to winter but breeding can occur anytime of the year. Parakeets can be pulled to be handfed by their human caretaker but it is recommended to leave them in the nest box to be weaned by parents. It is more challenging and time consuming when hand-feeding budgie chicks because of the size and sometimes difficult feeding response.
In our experience with handfeeding parakeet chicks, they have done very well with handfeeding. In fact, they are crazy little birds that beg and have vigorous feeding responses. Only an experienced hand feeder should take on this task.
Budgies like to be around the family, so it is best to place the bird cage in an area free of drafts and where the family spends the most time, usually the living or dining room. The cage should be large enough for the bird to extend its entire wingspan.
Budgies love their toys and will entertain themselves and the family. To enrich your parakeets daily play it is good to supply them with several good, safe toys that are different in color and texture.
As with all parrots, clean and rotate the toys often (every 2 weeks) to prevent boredom. Always remove any broken or soiled toys immediately.
Budgies are a great choice for a family who have the love for a parrot with a small budget and a busy schedule. They are fairly independent and will tolerate playing inside their cage and remain happy as long as they can come out once a day.
For untamed parakeets, they can remain emotionally healthy if given a good diet, several colorful toys and perches. As with most pet birds, they love to hear positive music, their owner's voice, and even the t.v.!
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Acrylic Cages for Pet Parrots! All parrots will naturally flick food out of their food bowl. In the wild, parrots are very neat and rid unwanted food out of the nest as to keep it clean. Unfortunately, it leaves a big mess to clean up.
There are a variety of items now available to help manage seed from falling to the floor such as cage guards and skirts. When choosing a cage, we highly recommend purchasing an acrylic cage for your bird to be housed in. These cages provide a practical solution to birdie messes and add beauty to your home.