Hand Raised Budgies for sale Sydney
Budgies often live up to 12 years old and are very social birds. When taming your budgie, its suggested you begin with a single young budgie and play with it for a minimum of 10 minutes a day for the first 3 to 4 months. Once the bird has reached a certain age it will generally always be tame. The early days are the most important time to bond with your budgie. When you are watching TV is the best time to tame your budgie as you are relaxed, just let your feathered buddy out to watch it with you and you will quickly have a friend for life.
It is important to spend lots of time with your budgie and give them plenty of toys, bells are a favourite. 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.
Bringing your new Budgie Home
Many Budgies can become easily stressed when being introduced to a new environment. This is why i recommend all budgies that arrive to a new home to be given sulfa 3 or sulfadimfor 5 days. It is a mild antibiotic that stops enteritis which is caused by stress and can easily kill a budgie. We also recommend if you have budgies and introduce a new bird to give this to them a long with a millet sprays and a good quality budgie mix as change in food quality can put budgies into stress as well.
Avoiding to much stress is important such as excited kids or even a dominant bird with a young bird placed in the same cage, when the new arrival gets used to the surroundings they will adjust quite well.
Cage for tame Budgies
Selecting a cage for your budgie will depend a lot on your personal taste, the area the cage will be kept and your budget. It is importatnt to select the largest cage that is suitable to ensure the bird will have an adequate area to move around, even when toys are added.
A cage with a large front door is a good idea for when you are taming your budgie, as it makes it easier to get the bird in and out when it is on your hand.
This video may help some people with training there bird its not the method i would use but there is always different ways to get the same result.
Diet for hand raised 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.
Seed– Always give your bird a good quality seed mix and remember, seed doesn’t stay fresh forever and just because it is in a pretty packaged box, doesn’t mean it is quality. If you have one budgie it is not advisable to purchase a 20KG bag of seed, as you are better off buying small amounts of seed at regular intervals
Greens– Make sure you supply your budgie with some vegetables such as broccoli, spinch carrot, beetroot, snow peas, green beans and celery. Try fruit but budgies are not naturally fruit eaters and there for un likely to eat it.
Vitamin supplement– added to the water will add many of the essential vitamins and minerals that a budgies captive environment does not supply. This is essential for the over all health and vitality of your bird. 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! Many vitamin supplements also contain iodine
Pellet’s– Some people feed there budgie’s budgie crumble always slowly introduce this to your bird as a bird that is not used to this new diet may actually starve to death especially if the budgie is a baby it takes months to wean a budgie onto pellet’s We sell budgie crumble which i prefer to give budgies as a supplement to the diet. If you want a low fat mix then increase the amound of french white seed in your birds seed mix.
Millet sprays‘- Budgies love millet sprays and its good for them. This is a very fresh millet seed which encourages baby budgies to eat more and adult budgies just enjoy them. there are a number of kinds of millet although i find french white to be the healthiest option for your bird.
Calcium and vitamin D– Make calcium available to your birds the best of all for budgies comes in a grit mix form containing charcoal, baked egg shells, shell, crushed cuttle bone and lime stone. Vitamin D is essential for all birds absorption of calcium this comes from the sun. For a bird to absorb the vitamin D from the sun this means they must have un filtered light hit them for at-least half an hour a day. If the light comes through a window then this light is filtered and no vitamin D is absorbed and there for Calcium supplements are almost useless. If you bird is not able to get access to unfiltered light then there is Vitamin D supplements available.
Introducing your new budgie to existing birds
If you already have a budgie at home, your new budgie should be kept in a separate cage to allow the bird to adjust to it surroundings and both birds to each other. Use this time to handle your new budgie away from your older budgie. Always allow at least 2 weeks before introducing the two birds, making sure to keep an eye on them and seperate if interduction don’t go well and try again in another weeks time. Mixing budgies
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.
Medicating your budgies
Liquid majic for keeping budgies healthy. Aside from certain illnesses that these mild antibiotics are good for i recommend anyone who gets a new young or older budgie to treat them with this anytime they move as stress can often give them the runs. Sulphadim or sulfa 3 calms them down and stops them from getting the runs and therefor stops them becoming de hydrated.
Your budgie 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 needsto be done every 6 month to ensure a health, happy bird.
lice & Mite and Airsac mite
Lice and mites are the two most common parasites of budgies and their environment. This is easily controlled with a Mite and Lice spray, Avimec or Scaley Face Treatment, these are available at Birdsville.
Training is an important factor of having a well behaved hand raised budgie. 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 budgie 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. For more training tips, see the training page.
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, pied 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. This is more difficult than sexing adult birds.
Bathing is important for all birds its important to get them used to bathing from a young age or they will not bath as an adult bird.