Who doesn’t like parrots? But parrots can be sometimes very difficult to handle, but not budgie birds. Budgie parrots are one of the most popular pets in the world. This bird is cute, small, affectionate, inexpensive, and can mimic human speech. The budgie parrot is often referred to as a beginner’s bird because these birds are relatively easier to handle than big parrots. In this, article we will cover all the basic insights about budgie parrots. Budgies have been kept as pets since the mid of 1800.
Natural Habitat of Budgie Parrots:
The budgie is native to Australia, the reason why it is also known as the Australian parrot. In the wild, the budgies live in flocks and are relatively smaller in size and are only available in green color. Whereas, in the petshops, we can find yellow, green, blue and white color budgie birds. In the wild budgies breed in the rainy season when there are ample water and food, and nest in hollow tree limbs.
Budgie Parrots Care:
Budgies have a lifespan of 7 to 15 years, although the average age is less than due to mistreatment and lack of knowledge. It is always better to buy a young bird than an adult bird because adult birds are difficult to hand tame. A cage of dimensions 20*12*18 should be provided, but a bigger cage is always better. Budgies need sufficient space to fly to prevent diseases. Budgies are social birds so should be kept in pairs. The cage should have perches and toys so the budgie remains entertained.
Budgies are social animals and they need a partner, budgies can literally die of loneliness. So it is best to keep a male and a female together. But be sure to keep an eye out and see the pair’s compatibility. Keeping more than 2 budgies in a colony can be difficult to handle as males are territorial and might fight with other males in the colony.
Budgies are diverse foragers in the wild, a variety of different foods is the key to a healthy budgie. Seeds and pellets can be fed in combination, in addition, vegetables and fruits should also be given.
A cuttlebone should also be given for calcium intake.
If your budgie is opposed to vegetables then you can chop it finely and mix it with seeds.
Apple cider vinegar is an amazing antibiotic, you should spray a little onto seeds or fruit and then feed it to your budgies.
Vitamin supplements can be added in water once a month, and exactly for a day not more than that.
Mineral mixes should be fed to bird in a separate dish, budgies have an understanding of what and how much to eat.
Common Health Issues:
Goiter is a disease common is budgies that are caused by iodine deficiency, the usual cause is diet having too many seeds and no vegetables or fruits. Other common diseases are parrot fever caused by bacteria Chlamydia psittaci, scaly mites, this condition can cause beak deformities and fatty liver caused by poor nutrition.
Signs of Illness:
A healthy budgie bird is active, has clear and bright eyes, shiny and preened feathers. A sick bird will puff up its feathers and will remain inactive. A sick bird might also have cloudy eyes, his cere may have a discharge or maybe crusty. If you see such signs you should consult a vet, rather than relying on self medications.