Well first off, budgies don’t need much space, so budgies make good pets? The average size of a budgie is 7 inches long from tip to tail.
It is also one of the smallest parrots, but don’t let the size fool you, these little birds are full of character.
Most cages for budgies will fit quite neatly into our homes today, but they must be large enough for the bird.
When choosing a cage, Make sure it is one that allows your budgie to fly backwards and forwards quickly.
Cage width is more important than height; a budgie prefers to be perched up high in their cage.
There is no need to go over the top with getting an extra tall cage.
A budgie loves to be let out and stretch his wings each day, so this is something to consider.
How Much Do Budgies Cost And Where Can I Buy Them?
Budgies are quite inexpensive to purchase, depending on what you buy and where.
You will find them for sale at bird shows up, and down the country, you will also find them for sale in bird magazines, such as “Cage And Aviary” which is published weekly and has a digital subscription service.
Also, Look on pet classified Ad’s websites such as https://www.pets4uk.co.uk
I’ve had a look on google, and the purchase price seems to average between £15 -£25, Although exhibition/show birds, will demand a higher price.
Breeders tend to charge less for the standard colours such as green, while yellow ( lutino ) and white ( albino ) will cost more.
First-year costs are roughly £250, and the annual cost is about £150 ( plus unforeseen vets bills.)
Caring For Your Budgie.
Caring for your budgie is quite simple; this is another reason why budgies make good pets.
So let us assume that you have already bought the cage, a little food, and food feeders.
First and foremost the number one rule is, cleanliness! Your budgie isn’t going to be happy living in a dirty home.
So already in your cage should be, grit paper lining the bottom tray, perches, cuttlefish, water, seed mixture, grit and toys.
All of the above items can be found in almost every pet store in the Uk, and you probably have already purchased these when you bought the cage.
Where to put the cage:
The best place to site the cage is where there will be plenty of human movement, budgies love the company and will readily interact with us, that’s another good reason budgies make good pets?.
So a nice well lit room with lots of natural daylight. Site the cage at eye level, and this will encourage eye contact and bonding.
Worst places to site the cage are:
Near windows that are draughty, or have direct sunlight streaming in.
In the kitchen, ( because of all the fumes etc. associated with cooking ).
Any room that is going to be subject to,
hairspray use, scented room sprays, or anywhere close to radiators and air conditioners.
And especially in rooms where people smoke.
At a low level, this will be far too tempting for toddlers or other pets you may have to investigate.
Settling Your Budgie In.
For the first few days, you should keep everything calm and quiet and not make a fuss.
It will be very stressful having left the petshop or breeders home and travelled in a little box to your home.
There will be plenty of time to get to know the newest member of your family, so resist the temptation to handle or trying to tame your feathered friend.
Keep an eye on your budgie as you go about your daily business, making sure the water and seed containers are full and fresh.
After a few days, you will notice that your budgie is starting to become inquisitive.
Once you have noticed this then start a little interaction, talking gently as you carry out the cage cleaning duties.
As the days pass by, your budgie will be gaining confidence and feel more secure in his new home.
Now is the time to increase the communication between you both as you head towards taming.
While you were going through your cage daily cage cleaning duties, your budgie will have started to learn that there is nothing to fear from seeing your hand coming towards or near him. And this will have begun the bonding process.
Let us have a look at the cage cleaning routine and requirements before continuing with taming.
Cage Cleaning Routine:
In one respect budgies are just like teenagers (especially the teenagers we have had in our family ).
They are messy and unable to clean their room!
This is where the responsible person steps in, keeping the cage clean don’t take long; in fact, its just a few minutes each day.
- Empty the seed containers of empty seed husks. They will normally require a wipe as well.
- Wipe the perches with a damp cloth ( not too wet) if done daily this will be easy to do.
- Rinse out the water feeders and fill with fresh, clean water.
- Usually, I wouldn’t change the bottom tray grit paper daily, especially if you have one or two budgies, keep an eye on this and use your judgement as to when to change.
- Cleaning brushes and solutions can be sourced from any good pet store, pay attention to the instructions and ingredients on the bottles of cleaning products!
- Pet safety is a must when using cleaning agents, and if you are unsure of a product seek advice from the pet store, many pet stores have an in-house vet, and they will be only too willing to help and advise.
While on cleaning duties, tour budgie will gain more confidence and interest in what you are doing.
Encourage the rest of your family to engage with your budgie by talking to it.
You can gently move the cage around the room as this will give your budgie some sense of where they are concerning the room space.
You will be tempted to let your budgie out of its cage, but it’s only been a couple of weeks, so resist! The temptation.
Your budgie should be quite comfortable to sit on your finger while your hand is in the cage by now.
In future blogs, we will examine, discuss, and advise on letting your budgie out of the cage.
But for now, concentrate on your pet’s health.
Be On The Lookout For Signs Of Illness:
Not eating or drinking
Sneezing, panting, or coughing
Fluffed up and sitting on the bottom of the cage
Withdrawn, quiet, sleepy for some time, ( healthy and happy birds are alert and noisy)
Just a few final thoughts, as I bring this first blog to a close:
- Caring for a budgie can be immensely rewarding and lots of fun, they are a pet that the whole family can interact with and care for.
- It’s a great way to introduce the younger members of the family to responsible pet ownership.
- Do budgies make good pets? So far, the answer is yes!
I look forward to adding future blogs to this subject as there is so much to discuss and so much information to pass on!
In future Blogs we shall investigate out of cage training, bird shows in the Uk, and breeding, so until next time here are a few more interesting blogs: