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Budgerigar

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Bred bird myself

Gender: N/A

Appearance

4/5

Friendly with owner

5/5

Friendly with family

5/5

Trainability

4/5

ActivityLevel

4/5

Song-vocal quality

4/5

Mimics sounds-words

4/5

Health

4/5

Easy to feed

4/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

4/5

Budgie. A total chatter bird!

By

Auckland, New Zealand

Posted Nov 24, 2015

Budgerigar. A total chatter bird, will talk all day. They make a good small cage (single housed) pet as well as an excellent easy care aviary bird. We kept a large aviary and several pet birds over many years. Breeding into the hundreds at one point. They are relatively easy to train and will take to touch training/vocal training at a young age. They will become good talkers when taught to speak at a young age and will learn their own words as they grow, they do like to mimic household noises and will do an excellent phone ringing. I have been fooled many times by a ringing budgie. Housing: They do prefer an aviary for flight but will adapt to a house/home environment. Often perching up on curtain rods and light fixtures, can get messy after some time. A small cage is fine for one bird, move to a medium size cage if wanting to keep more than one bird, they will live well together as a male and female, having two males in with one female may lead to aggression. In an aviary environment of an approximately 2m x 3m in size, many birds, up to 10 or more pairs may be kept together, provide multiple breeding boxes for multiple pairs. A larger size aviary may be halved, one side for young birds and one side for adult birds. Remove any particularly aggressive birds to a separate cage. A pair will breed in a large or medium cage size 600mm x 400mm x 400mm cage minimum. Again, prepare a breeding/laying box for their eggs to be laid in, no nesting material is required, however it is best to use nesting boxes with a concave floor as the eggs prefer to be grouped together. The hen/female bird will tend the eggs. The male will feed the mother during this time. once eggs are hatched and young are a week old most parents will allow you to touch/band the young birds without abandoning them afterwards. It does pay to label/band the young before they fledge in situations where you are wanting to keep a record of your young birds and their parents. Remove young birds from smaller cages after they have left the nest. Males will have a blue Cere. it is the area where the nostrils are located at the top of the beak, when mature, females will have a brown Cere and males will be blue. Environment: Provide natural perches using tree shaped resin/manmade/ real tree branches rather than straight line perches, their feet will develop better as young birds on natural perches shaped like real tree branches. Using real tree branches, use Australian Bottle brush if possible, Callistemon species, the birds will slowly bite and destroy the branch, however, it is a better option for perches than straight wooden manufactured perches and are easily replaced. Feeding: Budgies will eat a mixed seed preparation, they will like millet sprays, seed bells, fruit and vegetables will be accepted, particularly soft flesh fruits, peaches, apricots, apples. Water: Keep automatic water bottles in smaller cages or in the aviary a larger automatic watering system, they enjoy a water bowl full at all times, provide large bathing areas in large outdoor aviaries and clean water daily. They will welcome a hand sprayer several times on very hot days in a smaller cage or a good hour or 2 with the sprinkler running on half of the aviary. They are an easy care aviary or cage bird that require minimal cleaning and provisions. Difficulty 3/10.

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