How to Take Care of a Budgie, Parakeet | All The Basics and more!

How to Take Care of a Budgie, Parakeet | All The Basics and more!

How to Take Care of a
Budgie Budgerigars, or budgies for short, are delightful
birds that make great pets. In fact, they are the third most-kept pet
after dogs and cats. This Australian bird costs little to keep,
is happy in a home environment and will even try to copy your words over time. If you’ve just brought home your first budgie,
you will want to ensure that it stays healthy and happy. Setting Up Its Home
Buy a big cage. Birds need to have some space to play and
stretch their wings. If you care about their well-being, try to
find a model which lets the light go through. Try to buy a cage that is wider than it is
tall and with a square top. Budgies fly horizontally, not vertically like
quails. Fancy-topped cages are simply a waste of space
and money. Do not buy a circular cage, as a budgie cannot
stretch its wings and fly properly in one. Your budgie must be able to spread its wings
and fly. Do not crowd the cage with toys, perches or
other budgies. Test a few cages and look for one that you
can clean easily. Can your hand enter the cage easily? Remember that budgies poop every ten to fifteen
minutes! You can keep the same cage if you decide to
have one more budgie. Try to buy a bigger model if you have more
than two. Add a bath. Budgies might poo a lot but they also like
to stay clean. They even like to go under water for fun. Look at your favorite pet shop for a stable
mini-bathtub made out of plastic that you can hook to the cage. It must be accessible for the budgie and easy
to refill from the outside. Don’t fill the bath too much. You don’t want the budgie to spill water
on the bottom of the cage every time he goes in its bathtub. Budgies will clean themselves if you spray
some water onto them, it’s not a must for them to have a bird bath. Add a few toys and perches of different thicknesses,
shapes and textures. Natural perches are great, especially compared
to dowel or plastic perches. They also look far better. Make sure that the perch is stable to avoid
any injury. There is a great variety of toys. Look out for ladders, bells, balls, etc. They will keep your budgie stimulated. Check that the wood is safe for the bird,
such as eucalyptus. Dowel perches or plastic perches can cause
foot problems due to the lack of foot exercises. Avoid perches and toys made out of Prunus
trees as they might contain cyanogenic glycosides. Also avoid oak because of it contains tannins. There are no confirmed bird deaths but it’s
always better to be on the safe side. Try to avoid concrete perches, as they are
hard on the bird’s feet, but if you must use them, position them at the lowest point possible. Don’t give the budgie too much toys or perches. Two or three different toys are perfect for
one budgie but you don’t want to fill the cage up with unwanted toys so that the bird
feels crowded. Budgies should always have toys in their cage
for ‘mental stimulation’, no toys can cause boredom which leads to feather plucking. Think about the room. Try to put the bird in a warm room where there
is no temperature fluctuation. A light room will keep your bird stimulated
and happy. Avoid placing the cage in front of a sunny
window or next to an open door. Cold drafts and over-exposure to the sun can
kill your bird. Taking Good Care Of the Budgie
Feed your Budgie properly. Good budgie food mostly consists of seeds
and fresh fruits and vegetables. You can purchase budgie feed from your pet
store or grocery store, this will make up most of your birds diet but you can also supplement
it with other types of food like coriander leaves, greens etc., Try to introduce pellets
in the diet as well as a seed-only diet can lead to obesity. Never feed your budgie avocado, chocolate,
caffeine, or alcohol. These are toxic to the bird. Make sure the budgie has enough water to drink
in its dispenser. The bird will know how much to drink. Change the water daily to prevent bacterial
build-up. Add a cuttle-bone. This is a good source of natural calcium for
budgies. Mineral blocks can also be bought too. Some people may use liquid vitamin and mineral
supplements, but those will be consumed through the fresh fruits and vegetables. Clean out the budgie’s cage at least once
a week. This will keep the budgie safe from disease
germs. Clean only with mild dish soap and water and
avoid using any cleaning products unless you are one hundred percent sure that they are
safe for birds. Try misting your bird with a fine spray from
a misting bottle to keep the bird cool. Create the good environment for sleep. When it’s time to sleep, simply throw a light
towel or blanket over the cage. Make sure there is sufficient air ventilation
– you don’t want to suffocate your new bird! This is also helpful when it’s noisy. The blanket will block most sounds. If your budgie is frighten by the dark, add
a little night-light. Don’t let your bird panic. It might fly around the cage and injury itself. Check the towel to make sure your budgies
cannot get their claws caught. Don’t forget to monitor its health. Take the budgie to the veterinary surgeon
at least once a year for a check-up. If your bird acts weirdly or if you spot anything
unusual, go to the veterinary surgeon as quickly as you can. Look out for abnormal breathing, discharge
from the eyes or the beak, mucus on the feather, abnormal behavior and a loss of weight. If any of these symptoms occurs, call the
veterinary surgeon immediately. Settling In
Make sure that the budgie is comfortable on arriving at its new home. Give it some time to get used to its new surroundings
– about three or four days at least. Never rush your budgie. It will adapt on its own. Stay close to the cage. Talk to it sweetly and quietly as you wait
for it to adjust but do not try to handle it. It will get used to you in the course of a
few days or weeks. Avoid loud noises and screams. Your budgie is likely to be stressed by this
new environment. Name your budgie. Say it often, especially when you feed it,
so that it get used to its new name. Introduce your household progressively. Your budgie might be overwhelmed if there
are too many people around. Bring your family members once at a time and
make them repeat its name. Let your household feed the bird to gain its
trust. Be careful if you have another pet, especially
a cat. Cats are natural predators and they are likely
to find your budgie suitable for their next meal. Check that your children treat the bird with respect. Little children can get overexcited when they
have a new pet. Always make sure to be in the room when they
look at the bird. Don’t let them hit the cage or try to grab
the budgie. Seek to win the budgie’s trust. Put your hand in the cage after a few days. Just place it there and don’t move it for
some time. Repeat this for some days, to allow your budgie
to get used to you. When the budgie seems okay with your hand,
place your finger inside the cage. Then push it slightly against your budgie’s
chest. This will encourage it to climb on your finger. Do this for some days. Feed your budgie from your finger. Dip your finger in water and put some millet
grains on it. The water will make the millet grains to stick
on your finger. Place your finger near the budgie’s mouth
and it will eat them if it’s grown used to you. After doing this a few times, hold the budgie
gently in your hand. Do this briefly at first, then extend the
time. Don’t handle the budgie too much during its
first two to three weeks. Eventually as it becomes used to its new environment,
start interacting with it more and more and eventually it will know you are a friend and
not a predator. If you rush things, the budgie may start being
a little anxious and afraid. This will cause it to fail to bond with you. Always treat your budgie with love and kindness. Remember that the bird is fragile given the
strength of a human hand and therefore requires that you handle it with care. Always remember to teach people new to birds
how to handle and properly play with this delicate little creature. Never kiss your budgie, human saliva is toxic
to budgies and they might carry easily transmittable diseases. Keeping Your Budgie Stimulated
Weights the pros and cons of a mirror. Adding a mirror in the cage of your budgie
can keep the bird entertained for hours. They love to look and talk at their reflection
but be aware that there are debates about potential psychological damages. Instead of a mirror, consider a second bird. Budgies love company and will probably welcome
a new friend. A mirror will most certainly with male, often
also with female budgies lead to crop infections as parakeets regurgitate to feed their mates. A mirror (the feeding bird itself) will not
provide the needed feedback that has to come from a real mate. If you decide to install a mirror, make sure
that it’s fixed to the cage and doesn’t present a risk to your bird. Talk and play to the budgie often. Your bird will love the interaction and the
games and is likely to become very chatty. Move your finger in front of it–– if it
is shaking its head in the same direction, it means that it loves to play and is very
active. Let the budgie fly in a room. Once the bird is at ease with you and its
environment, you can let it fly in a room with all of the windows and doors closed. To call it back, switch off all the lights
and the curtain of one window open, but remember the window must be closed. The budgie will be attracted towards the light. Hold it gently and put it back inside the
cage. Make sure that the bird is safe. Put the cat away and look out for potential
escape routes.

100 thoughts on “How to Take Care of a Budgie, Parakeet | All The Basics and more!

  1. We used to have two birds, one died, so the one that was still alive was taken to a man with a giant cage so she now lives in a cage bigger than my room.

  2. My exs little sister had one of these I'm watching this now I knew it was in bad care. Tiny cage and never cleaned never came out. His little sister told me she didn't want the bird anymore. I tried to get him to talk to his parents about giving it to me so I could take care of it since they didn't want it and he wouldn't I wish I had pushed harder while I could because I'm sure they would have wanted it gone and I could have given it a better life.

  3. I've had my bird for a month now and I put my hand in the cage by he does not try to bite me I tried petting but I stopped is there any other ways of him getting used to me?

  4. Brilliant video! I don't like the robotic voice over, if it was a human this video would be perfect. But that's just my personal opinion. Good video. You got a new sub

  5. So….

    I'm getting a budgie in a few months…

    I already have two dogs…

    How can I introduce the dogs to the bird? Any tips?

  6. I don’t recommend sand perches, it won’t sharpen your birds nails it will just sand down they’re feet and there is no reason for that.

  7. Thank you for the informational video!
    Was really good!
    Just… One bad thing…. The damn computer made voice…. Just… Please… Stop it….

  8. They're not as cute in video as in real life, I just saw some Budgerigars at the pet store, I didnt really know how tiny and delicate they actually are, they're so cute!!

  9. I have two parakeets my parents just got me. They aren’t used to me but that’s normal. One is named Monty and another Polnareff (jjba ;)) and Monty keeps staring at me send help

  10. This is very helpful, thank you! I just got two Budgie parakeets yesterday at a flea market. My cousins in the past have had birds but they all died so I’m determined to keep mine alive longer and make them happy.

    BTW: I love the color of your parakeet, mine is a mixture of blue,green,yellow and black.

  11. I might be getting a bird today and after some research budgies seem like the best bird for me, like to play and cuddle but not TO much, not very loud, small, loving, etc.

  12. I might be getting one I have cat so I am going to close my door and if my cat wants to come in I am going to ingnore him

  13. There is a problem… my bird does not get out of the cage, even if I leave the door opened, it won’t even go on my finger, I had my bird for about 6 months already 😭 she bites me and gets mad at me if I try to put her on my finger, when I finally get her out she flies everywhere and hits the walls, and once she almost broke her beak, and now I am always scared to take her out 😭 any tips?

  14. I got two of these today sorry I can't spell the bugie but there names are pixie_girl dixie_boy and I now a bit but this really helped me

  15. Thanks for this I had enough money for a parakeet (geez their cheap) and all the supplies so I’m getting one soon

  16. Ok… I found a parakeet in my back yard…. I dont have a cage or food… I have a banana and drinking water… No toys…..

  17. My Bird Failed To Bond With Me And I’m trying now (he’s like 1.5 years old and hasn’t matured and is just getting stripes on his head) any tips from you pros?

  18. I really want to get a budgie and im thinking of where to put the cage. I was thinking maybe near the tv but my family likes to turn up the volume. Where should people put the cage?

  19. Can you give them fruitella? The sweet it isn't chocolate because I want a bird on my 12th birthday
    Btw I told my parents any bird so they said raw chicken also duck….. XD

  20. Actually budgies should eat pellets,some seeds,and fruits but definitely not a diet that consists of mostly seeds

  21. My first birb died because my mom left the cage outside when she was cleaning it and the mean kitty bit the head off :,<

  22. Hello! I’m a 11 yr old and I really want a pet budgie, but I don’t know which type to get. I want a budgie that is friendly and small (I think they’re already small so that parts ticked off), and I’d prefer it to be blue.

    What type of Budgie should I get??

  23. "this will also help when it's noisy"
    meanwhile with my bird and 2000 blankets covering their cage: SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH

  24. My male parakeet was a budgie i think. He looked just like this. My mom grandma anf i found him dead in the cafe laying down like 8 minutes ago😭😭😥

  25. I have two budgies we judt bought them yesterday they have a small cage but we are just using the small cage cuz we r still looking for a bigger one

  26. I love budgies, I have a conure and a linnie. I have decided to get some budgies again, probably gonna get 3 maybe 4. My husband isn't happy about it my conure drives him nuts as it is lol. But I'm a bird person and I need more birds. 😊

  27. My step father bred budgies, and canaries. He brought a young budgie into the house and it became the household pet. It wasn't long before Joey, yes Joey, took over. His cage door was permanently open during the day, but closed at night, and covered while he slept. He became quite tame and would fly around the room, land on my head, or shoulder. He would nibble my year and chat away. For Sunday lunch, he had his own small saucer with an assortment of vegetables on it. Any attempt to lock him in his cage at lunch time met with much squawking, so my mother gave in to him, and he became a constant companion at the dining table.
    He soon picked up speech, and used to call me in the morning. "Brian, get up, it's 8 o'clock " , he woukd screech.
    One day my step father went out to his aviary, leaving the kitchen door open. Joey flew out, but didn't go very far. My stepfather heard a tapping noise, and there he was knocking his beak against the window. I could go on, but you get my drift. Joey was one intelligent bird. I loved him, and I miss him like anything.

  28. My cat is old and not very aggressive. She'd be happier just watching the bird if I got one. She does that with all "prey" animals.

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