Caring for a Budgie

Are you considering getting a bird for your Oakville home? Budgies are one of the most popular types of pet birds. These feathered cuties do very well in captivity. They are quite docile and tame, and some will even talk to you!

Here are some basics on caring for a budgie:

Cage

Budgie cages should be more wide than tall. These little ones tend to fly across space, rather than up, so there is not much point in getting them a tall cage. Your cage should give your little buddy ample room to spread those beautiful wings! Budgies need to bathe, so your little buddy will need a bath in his cage as well.

Toys and Perches

Toys and perches are a must for your feathered pet. You can find suitable ones at pet stores. Be sure to choose items with a wood that is safe for budgies. Eucalyptus is a great option. Stay away from plastic or dowel, since they can give your little pet foot problems. Concrete can also be hard on your budgie’s feet. Budgies are very playful, and these colorful little pets love shiny things! Every budgie is different, so you may want to try a few different toys to see what your little pet likes the best. Ring stacks, ladders, knot toys, and toys with ‘fingers’ that dangle are some things your little buddy may enjoy. Your budgie may also enjoy swings and noisemakers.

Food

Your budgie should eat a combination of seeds, fruits, veggies, and pellets. Introduce the pellets first, and then add the seed mixes. Budgies are omnivorous, and can actually eat meat as well. Fresh parsley, squash, lettuce, carrots, bell peppers, broccoli and tomatoes are some of the things you can give your budgie. You may want to grate them, or cut them into tiny pieces, before feeding. Cuttlebones are a good treat for budgies. Hard-boiled eggs, small bits of boiled chicken, and cooked tuna in water are also fine to feed occasionally.

Budgies are very sweet and friendly, and full of personality. These little ones make wonderful pets, and are sure to brighten your home with their beauty and sounds. You can even train your little bird to do tricks!

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