Bringing a new Budgie home
For the first 3 days– never rush your budgie! Your Budgie will be naturally scared because of a new and changed environment and many birds may not eat much for the first day or 2 due to stress. When your bird is eating properly and feels at home then it is time to start to train your budgie
The first 5 days– of bringing your Budgie home we recommend having sulphadim or sulfa 3 in the water. This is important because it stops new birds from getting diarrhoea. While small birds are stressed and they get a case of the runs this can quickly kill a fragile budgie of any age but especially young birds.
Worming– Inside birds should be wormed 4 times a year if kept outside and every 6 months for birds kept inside. Baby budgies should not be wormed until they are 12 weeks old as it can upset a baby budgies crop that has only just learnt how to eat on their own.
Mite and lice spray– This should be applied on all birds every 3 months as lice and mites unfortunately seem to spread everywhere and birds in an inside environment are still susceptible. Lice and mites that birds get do not effect humans.
Introducing new birds– If you have existing birds it is recommended to keep new bird or birds quarantine for at least 2 weeks in a cage close by or inside the aviary so the birds can get to know each other and are not harassed too much when they are introduced.
Respectable budgie cage– Have a good sized cage your bird will be happier and tame easier in the correct environment. Budgies stuffed into a tiny cage become aggressive and i dont blame them.
Toys– The most talkative and tame budgies i have seen all have one thing in common they have a good variety of toys
Swings– Necessary for every self respecting budgie, swings are great simply because they enjoy them but also play an important role as exercise as they use muscles they would not normally use keeping balance on a moving swing.
Perches– Give a variety of perch sizes which will stop your birds over time getting repetitive stress syndrome in their feet we do not recommend plactic perches for this reason and nothing is better than natural wood perches.
Trimming your birds– nails their are many perches available in many styles from concrete perches, sand perches or plastic perches with added sand to help ware down the tip of your budgies nails.
Play Gyms– Fantastic place for your feathered friend to hang out when he or she is outside of the cage.
Training Budgies visit our other budgie page or bird training page
Feeding your Budgie
Seed– Feed your Budgie a good quality seed mix if you are not sure of the seed you are using ask your local bird expert. All too often i come across birds in Australia that are not looking their best simply due to diet. This is usually due to them being on a poor grade of seed mix which promises vitamins and great ingredient. Don’t be fooled as yes the birds seed does have vitamin pellets added but unfortunately they do not consume the vitamins as they husk every seed and are very picky with what they will consume. As a small bird breeder it became very obvious that vitamins should be added via the water supply. The only successful method of giving small birds like budgies vitamins through the seed is when feeding them soaked seed.
Pellets– some people feed their budgies pellets which is great as they have vitamins already added on that note we still recommend they still should have some seed.
Greens – Seeding grasses, chickweed, dandelion, shepherds purse, eucalyptus leaves, silver beet, broccoli, carrots and green carrot tops
Fruit– apple, orange, beetroot, Do not be alarmed if your budgie does not eat fruit as this is not something al budgies will eat.
Calcium– can be added a number of ways such as calcium bells, cuttlebone which are the most popular. The best way give your budgies calcium is to give them a proper course grit mix containing charcoal which many budgies eat of burnt trees in the wild, crushed cuttlebone, shell, baked egg shell and lime stone which also is utilised by wild budgies. Remember all animals including birds and humans can not absorb calcium without Vitamin D mentioned Below
Vitamin D supplement– This is essential for all budgies that do not receive natural unfiltered sun light. Sun through a window is filtered which does not allow the bird to absorb vitamin D , Vitamin D is essential to the health of birds as they need more calcium than mammals due to all the feathers they grow. FYI vitamin D is needed by the body to absorb calcium
Vitamin Supplement– Despite Giving your budgies good seed, greens, veg and calcium their is still essential nutrients that are just about impossible to find for your bird in a finite captive environment which is why Vitamin supplements are so important in aviculture this should only be supplied via the water or in a soaked seed mix.
Iodine– Many budgies are deficient in iodine which is easily added by supplying an iodine bell.