Show Budgerigars For Sale Sydney
Budgies often live up to 12 years old and are very social birds. If you plan to tame your budgie its best to start with a single young budgie once the bird has reached a certain age it will generally always be tame. It is important to spend lots of time with your budgie and give them plenty of toys, bells are a favourite. The early days are the most important when taming your budgie – when watching TV, let your feathered buddy out to watch it with you and you will quickly have a friend for life.
If you do not plan to spend a lot of time with the bird it is advisable to get a second bird for company. If a single budgie is left by itself frequently it may develop depression and health issues in the near future.
Show budgies can be bred in cage’s many people breed them in exercise cage’s or breeding boxes especially designed for breeding budgies which are available at Birdsville.
Diet for show budgies
The bulk of a budgies diet is seed mix and water, sadly I encounter people all too often who only supply their bird with seed and water which isn’t quite adequate for any bird. Without vitamins and some variety of vegetables your budgie will end up with poor feather condition and a million other health conditions. Always give your bird a good quality seed mix and remember, seed doesn’t stay fresh forever. If you have one budgie it is not advisable to purchase a 20KG bag of seed however you are better off buying small amounts of seed at regular intervals. Make sure you supply your budgie with some vegetables such as broccoli, parsley,papaya, carrot and celery. Many budgies are also deficient in iodine so make sure you supply them with iodine bells and shell grit for a source of calcium. Ensure your budgie not only survives but thrives!
Introducing your new bird to existing birds
Once you take your bird home you should keep it in a separate cage and allow the bird to adjust accordingly. Always allow at least 2 weeks before introducing the bird to an existing bird.
The cage requires regulars cleaning and old food shouldn’t ‘be allowed to accumulate in the cage, on perches or in feeders. Water should be changed daily basics.
Your bird will need to be wormed in a few weeks to two month after being taken home (check with the staff from Birdsville, when purchasing). Worming will need to be done every 6 month.
Lice & Mites
These are the two most common parasites of cage birds and their environment, but are easily controlled with a Mite and Lice spray, available at Birdsville. When using spray, spray bird, entire cage, perches, nesting box and toys, remember to remove all water and feed and avoid spraying in birds’ eyes.
Training Your Bird
Training is an important factor of having a well behaved hand raised bird. When you first get the bird home, let it settle down and get use to their new environment for a day or two. After these initial days, the bird should be handled in a quiet, relaxed situation. Spending time with your bird while watching TV or reading is perfect, but don’t over stress your bird in the first few weeks of taking it home, babies need their rest. The more time you spend with your bird, the better your bird will become.
When doing any training there are three basic concepts to keep in mind.
- When the bird does something good –> give it a reward
- When the bird does something undesirable –> ignore it
- Never punish your bird
Start training your bird with a simple command, like step up.
Have the bird on one hand, place the other hand against the birds’ chest and say the command, step up, as you apply a slight pressure to the birds’ chest. The bird will then put one leg up, pull slightly up with the second hand and the other leg will follow, reward your bird with a treat, like a favorite fruit, seed or nut. Then repeat, as the bird gets better, get it to step up a few times before rewarding. Once your bird catches on to it, instead of rewarding it with food, reward it with praise. This will soon become second nature to the bird.
It is important not to overdo the training, keep it short, but frequent.
Budgies are prolific breeders so always make sure you have as many nest boxes as you have breeding pairs. Make sure your birds are maintained on a healthy diet and wormed at regular intervals. Budgies breed all year round.
You can usually tell the sex of your budgie by the colour of the ‘cere’ (nostrils). The hen will have a brown cere and the males will be blue. In some mutations such as yellow or white budgies it can be more difficult to determine their sex. When sexing baby budgies the young hen will usually have and opaque cere whilst the males will be a light pink-ish colour.