Budgies Q & A By A Novice Budgie Keeper
Budgies are the common name of Parakeets or Budgerigars originating from Australia. Since their captivity in the 1850’s Budgies are one of the most popular domesticated birds from the Parrot species. Apart from their affordability compared to other parrot species Budgies are also low maintenance pets perfect for those living in an apartment.
As a Novice budgie owner, I certainly do have alot to learn about Budgies, as I am sure the same goes for many of you who considering getting a budgie as pet .This hub shares some of my experiences with our new budgie as well as a list of a few resources to look at for more information on how to care for your budgie, what to feed budgies, the cost of keeping a budgie and other related topics in the form of questions and answers.
What Do Budgies Eat?
- Budgies are herbivores.They love seeds.
- Our Budgie Georgie seems to love Foxtail Millet and occasionally he snacks on a bird treat made of seeds and dried fruit. I sometimes feed him grass which he also enjoys.
- Most budgie owners recommend a varied diet including fruits and veggies-but my budgie does not seem to like fruit much. I once made a fruit stick with small pieces of apple and other soft fruit -he pecked at it but didn't seem to like it.I stopped giving my budgie fruit-I add a vitamin supplement to his drinking water. This seems to work well Georgie has not been sick since we had him.
The Anatomy of Budgies
Common Names for Budgies
Warbling Grass parakeet
Source: Lendon, Alan H. (1973). Australian Parrots in Field and Aviary(2nd. ed). Sydney: Angus and Robertson. pp. 302–07
What Do Budgies Cost and Where to buy A Budgie?
We got our pet Budgie Georgie for just 10 EUR from a local Budgie breeder. We managed to get two decent used cages off eBay. We picked up one for 8 EUR and another for just 1 EUR.
A tip for buying your budgie is to make sure that it is a reputable breeder. We looked at several birds before making the purchase. The prices are usually around the same amount so it’s simple matter of personal choice when choosing your bird.
Maintenance of the Budgie is usually around 5 EUR a month. 1 EUR for a 5kg bag of sand and 2 EUR for a bag of Foxtail Millet; 1 EUR for a bag of seeds and another 1 for treat sticks. All of these can be purchased from a local supermarket or pet store or online if you prefer specific brand foods.
Georgie does get a little messy he flaps his wings in the cage blowing of the excess seed on the floor, but this is simple enough to vacuum clean.
How Much Seed Should I Feed My Budgie?
- Most Budgie resources on the web do recommend a balanced diet of seeds and fresh fruit. Water is also important. The water bowl does get quite messy I usually change the water every morning then I change the food.
- Recommend portion size is around 2 teaspoons of seeds a day. I usually feed Georgie one cob of foxtail millet. He also gets plenty exercise in the day since we leave the cage door open. He flies in and out at will.
Georgie The Budgie
Do Budgies Like Water ?
Yes budgies do enjoy splashing about in water. We have bird bath with attached to the cage. Georgie reluctantly explored it by drinking water then he got in and splashed about.
How Do I tell if My Budgie is Male or Female?
- One of the ways to tell if budgies are male of female is the color of their cere (portion above the beak). If the budgie is a female then the cere is brown. If it is male if is blue.
- Do take note that you sometimes cannot tell the gender of the budgie if it is less than five weeks old. Best choose a reputable breeder in case you are looking for a specific gender.
- Though there are no significant difference in owning a male of female budgie some source do say that the Male Budgie have an affinity of talking more than female budgies.
What Bird Toys Do Budgies Need?
- Budgies are sociable birds. The love human company and fellow bird company. If you have one budgie then his best friends will be his mirror. Georgie spend hours in front of the mirror entertaining himself.
- We also have a ladder which he enjoys climbing and a swing. The swing is the highest point in the cage so this is his hideaway and where he likes to sleep.
How Do I Teach My Budgie To Talk?
Georgie does not talk yet but we do talk to him regularly repeating words. Most web resources recommend that you talk to your budgie .Training session should last about 15-20 minutes where you interact with your budgie and to gain his trust. The first step is to get him to set on your finger.
This should be done within the first few days of acquiring your budgie. Simply place your hand in front of the bird .In most instances the budgie will listen to you but they sometimes do want to peck you. This is harmless since the beak isn’t very sharp, just take care not to move too suddenly or this will scare your budgie.
I first tried this using a stick. Simply tell the bird ‘up’ or ‘come up’ so that each time you repeat the instruction, the budgie will remember your command words.
Once you get the bird to come onto your hand you then had to talk to it as often s possible. We call his name and tell him different short sentences. He does seem to get vocal when we play video of other budgie talking and wants to imitate their sounds. I also leave the radio on when I leave the apartment so that he doesn’t feel too lonely.
I will add to this article as new Budgie development occurs. Bye for now. Charly.
Georgie the Budgie is Growing Up
July 2011- Since my last post in November 2010 Georgie has undergone several changes. A few physical changes includes his now balding head, by that I mean he is beginning to lose the stripes on his head. This is also a means of identifying how old a budgie is.
If the budgie has several black stripes on the crown of his head this indicate that he is young (less 6 months old). If he appears 'bald' then he is much older and may be difficult to train. Do keep this in mind when buying a budgie from a pet store.
Georgie is also now talking..though he just repeats one phrase 'Hello Georgie', what are you doing' . He is also much more friendly now he eats out of our hand and sits on my husbands shoulder. We often let him out in the living room for some daily flying exercise-he loves it then finds his way back to his cage after a few stops on the way including a taste of flowers or whatever else catches his curiosity.