I love budgies, but they do like to chatter! I personally have a female senegal and a male parrotlet. They're both awesome birds and strongly bonded to me.I really want to get a budgie, but I have never owned a bird (besides chickens), so I have lots of questions. Does anyone have any experience with budgies? @Colin_T, you keep birds, right?
-Can I keep a single budgie, or do I need to get two?
-How big does the enclosure have to be? Does it have to be bigger for two budgies?
-How loud are they? I don't want to put the cage in an area where they will disrupt sleep, etc.
-Are they very messy? Will they spread seed husks everywhere?
-Is there a way to clip their wings so that they can fly for short distances, but they cant escape through an open door? Or do I just have to be very careful when I take them out?
-Are there any health issues that budgies are prone to?
-Do budies have to be vaccinated against anything?
-Are the budgies at petco healthy, or should I go to a breeder?
Thank you in advance for any help you can give me!
I love budgies, but they do like to chatter! I personally have a female senegal and a male parrotlet. They're both awesome birds and strongly bonded to me.
Whatever you do, birds require the largest cage you can afford. Not only will they be happier, they will also be more active and provide more entertainment for you. There is nothing sadder than a bird in a tiny cage. If you can't spend several hours a day with your bird, it would be best to get two, but they might not bond as strongly to you.
Not sure what lava rock is but they should be eating rock. They will eat mineral grit, which is mostly small shells and sand. If you don't have a small bowl of mineral grit and some cuttlebone in the cage, the bird might be eating the lava rock to help its gizzard break down the seed so it can digest it.
The other reason is young birds like to chew and they don't always chew safe things. It can become a bad habit (ocd) and might be bad for it.
One thing not to do is have the birds next to or in the kitchen. Cooking on Teflon and other type pots and pans could kill your Parakeets fast because the fumes are toxic to them. I learned this the hard way years ago. I have two Parakeets now and keep them away from the kitchen no matter what I'm cooking and what I'm cooking in. A lot of people don't know this until it happens or they find out from reading it somewhere. I noticed that it's not on a lot of websites or even books but trust me it happens. Good Luck
They're beautiful! They're spitting images of my grandmother's budgies. Peter and... Peter. I'd love to have at least some kind of bird someday. Their sweet little eyes and colours make me so happy.It's been a while, so I thought I would give a quick update!
Sprite and Marshmallow are both doing very well. They are completely tame now, and love to train, play with my sleeves, or just sit on my hand. They have both mastered step-up, as well as target training, and they give kisses on command. Right now we are working on recall training, which they are doing very well.
They both went through their juvenile molt. Marshmallow replaced half of his clipped primary feathers, and Sprite replaced all of hers, so they can both fly now. They absolutely love coming out of their cage and flying around the room. They like to show off their new skills by flying tight circles around my head, then landing and staring at me with their heads cocked, waiting for my reaction. They are just so darn cute!
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