Acquired: Pet store
Posted Aug 11, 2015
A few years back the kids bought a pair of budgies from the pet shop for breeding. Being the amateur ornithologists, they decided to get a pair of green ones because this is their natural color and therefore the birds should have the greatest genetic variation. It seems they were right; the offspring have been blue, grey, yellow, pinkish, whitish, and an incredible blue – green shade that seems to shimmer. They have now raised countless birds and sold them to pet shops all over town. One of the boys is keeping a tally of sales vs expenses but I don’t have it on hand. I can tell you that even with the expense of buying new breeding stock at retail prices, they are far in front. The only problems have been a lice infestation and a bird that had overgrown claws. We solved the first problem with off-the-shelf lice treatment and the second with a pair of nail clippers.
We fed them common retail budgie/canary mix. At first we were over feeding them, the birds would pick the stuff they liked and leave the rest. This had one advantage; the abundance of food caused the birds to breed year round. The disadvantage was that the excess grain would attract mice.
Because budgies nest in hollow logs in the wild we made our nesting boxes out of hollow logs (and because it was easy). They will fight over the highest one if there is a noticeable difference and the dominant female will always get the best one. We found it best to clean out the boxes between nesting seasons.
The whole budgie experience has been a good one. They are a pretty and lively bird with a pleasant sound and in, our experience, easy to care for.