Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred bird myself,
Posted Apr 19, 2016
I bought these little colorful birdies six years ago and found them very friendly and easy to adjust in the different environment without any big hassle, so I personally pronounced these as hardcore species not just only adjustable but also easy to care.
Basically, these birdies are Australians but now easily available around the globe. I purchased and still am nurturing these birds because of their beautiful colors as well as fast breeding abilities. I personally found these Budgerigars are not only cost effective but also the probable source of flawless earnings if you just only feed them and clean their cages or aviaries properly.
When I bought the pairs, I got different information from experienced birdie lovers and found that effective and informative such as these tiny birds are highly sensitive for breeding. They stop their breeding and start breaking their eggs or expel them from the nest if they encounter any irritating activities or issues. Although, it is hard to explore the whole list of causes of irritations but as per the experience & info, I can jot down some of the common causes here, such as:
• If you keep watching or checking their nests with purpose or without any purpose
• If they see some mice or rats
• If they encounter with cats or any other type of disturbing animal
• If you don’t pay attention on cleaning
• If you don’t provide proper feeding and drinking water
• If you keep pouring seeds and water into filthy pots
Therefore, if you want to see these birdies in good health, chirping and playing; so you need to pay strict attentions on the above-provided issues to ensure best results.
Besides, during my journey of bird loving, I noticed that people pronounce these birds with different names such as “parakeets” although the word parakeets for Budgerigar may arise some questions but that term usually refers to those tiny parrots that have trails with the long feather. Besides, there are other names or synonym of Budgerigar that I came across i.e. canary parrot, lovebird, zebra parrot, budgrie, shell parakeet, etc. But remember in United States Budgerigar are pronounced as parakeets, simple is that!
Initially, I put these birdies in small cages but my experience was unfruitful because I didn’t get any egg or breeding, as far as I noticed or remember but now I have the big cage, equipped with proper nesting and feeding arrangements resulting a reasonable growth in population. Another aspect that I learned is, these birdies are very flexible in eating, what you give them as a food, they take. I consider, these birds know very well that how to adjust themselves, according to the circumstances. But it is not good practice to treat these tiny creatures in such as way. You must provide them their beloved foods.
In my big cage, these birdies are easy to fly; it should be noted that they keep stretching themselves, periodically. And these activities are the symbol of good health and active behaviors, so you should arrange big space for them. After having the versatile experiences and different info, I would like to categorize that bird as a social animal; therefore, please always buy and keep them in pairs to ensure their activeness and happiness inside the cages. But you should heed on proper pairing not just pairing because if you put several females with fewer males, you will get trouble because of lethal fights among them. Plus point is that you can train them but with limitations during the captivity.
There are lots of health issues that budgerigars may encounter in your captivity such as “splay legs,” that is considered as one of the common health concern. This issue usually happens due to the slick floor, when you don’t pay attention to proper bedding in next boxes. To ensure proper bedding, you just need to put some tweaks, cottons or leaves inside the cage; rest will be done by these birdies on do-it-yourself (DIY) basis, sound crazy! But it happens, just try. Besides, there are also several types of health concerns that you may experience such as Scaly Face and Scaly Legs, Tumor, Psittacosis, Goiter and Bumblefoot, etc. but I will not give any tips or trick to tackle these sensitive health issues here, because the causes of these issues could be vary, so you should consult with animal doctor on urgent basis, it is the only suggestion that I can give here.
To ensure good health, super breeding and active playing I would like to suggest healthy diet because a healthy and nutritious diet not only ensure good health but also strengthen the immune system. You can give vegetables, grains, nuts and Legumes but I will prefer to give them some extra such as mineral block and seashell powder, etc.
Please never give any type of food that contains lactose. You should always avoid to give them sprouts, chocolate, grapefruits, garlic and potatoes, etc. otherwise you birdies health could be in jeopardy. Please always talk with professionals and experience holder to get updated and useful information.
Please note, if you want to add something new or show your difference here, please add your info and concerns, you are welcome here.