Budgies

budgie

Budgies, as they are more commonly known, develop very attractive and sometimes unusual markings. Many people have budgies as companions. They require some care and attention to ensure they stay healthy. Here a few tips to help you!

Where will your budgies live?

The budgies cage should be roomy enough to allow the budgie to move about, climb and stretch his wings. It should also have a few horizontal bars set at different heights to encourage the bird to move about.
The cage itself should be located away from drafts and be kept at an even temperature. Avoid placing the cage in front of a window as the sun can heat up a cage considerably. 
You will need to put sand sheets or cage bird sand on the bottom of the cage. Budgies need sand or grit to help them digest their food.
When you first take your budgie home introduce him to his new cage slowly. Open the box and allow the budgie to walk into his new cage and leave him alone for a while in a quiet place. Cover him up at night if the temperature is likely to drop.

What does the budgie eat?

Budgies require a special seed mixture. This can be obtained from Acton Pet Store when you buy your budgie or from your local pet shop. You will need to check and refill the seed pot regularly and remove empty husks. Your budgie will also enjoy the odd millet spray, honey bell or seed bar. Be careful not to overfeed as this will be harmful to your bird.
Grit must be available to help the bird’s digestion and cuttlefish will provide the budgie with much needed calcium. Ensure you buy the right size for your cage. Mineral blocks, also available from Acton Pets, will provide other essential minerals and trace elements.

What about toys & treats?

Your budgie will thoroughly enjoy new toys to amuse him. An extensive range is available at Acton Pet Store. Just make sure there is room enough for the bird to stretch and climb and avoid overcrowding the cage.

General care for your budgie

If you care for your budgie he will live a long and happy life.

Feathers

Enure that feathers are not allowed to become too dry. Use a fine spray mist containing a special solution, available from your pet shop. Some budgies will enjoy a bath, but some do not!

Colds

If a budgie is kept in a cold environment it may develop a cold. The bird will be quiet and sleepy. His feathers maybe all fluffed up and he will sound like he is wheezing. Speak to your local pet shop or take the bird to you vet.

Mites

The most common parasite for the budgie is red mite. This is a little parasite which hides away during the day feeds on the blood of the budgie causing loss of appetite and weight loss. Treatment is easy; just ask you local pet shop for a mite spray for budgies. They will be more than happy to help you.

If you are in any doubt about caring for your pet then please ask your pet shop or consult your vet. This leaflet gives only basic advice. Invest in a good book about your pet. This will help you care for your pet safely. We would be happy to help you choose a suitable title.