- Budgie cage
If you once decided to make such a feathered friend like a budgie, you must remember that, like any living creature, this bird will require certain conditions. At home, the budgerigar can be kept in a small cage, but at the same time it is necessary to give the bird the ability to move freely around the room from time to time. If a whole flock of these handsome men settled in the house, then it makes sense to build an aviary for them, because the activity of pets is the key to their health and long life. The cage or aviary should be in a bright room, but not in direct sunlight. And although budgies love to bask in the sun, it is necessary for the shadow to be able to penetrate their home. It is undesirable to settle these amazing birds in the bath and in the kitchen, as well as in the rooms where the computers are located.
How to care for a budgie so that the pet always remains healthy and delights the owners with its cheerful twitter? Basic care consists in providing him with the necessary living conditions and proper feeding.
When choosing a cage, it is better to give preference to nickel-plated rods, since, for example, a cage made of copper wire is coated with oxide over time. Cell cleaning should be done daily, and washed once a week. It is advisable to initially choose a cage with retractable pallets, so as not to disturb the bird once again during harvesting. In the cage must be provided poles, drinking bowl, feeder and bathing. It is desirable that the poles were made of hard wood, care should be taken of them, cleaning the dirt from them and washing them with warm water and soap. As a type of drinking bowl, it is better to opt for a pneumatic one, this will save you from frequent water changes. With toys and mirrors, the first time is to wait until the parrot gets used to the owner and members of his family.
How to feed a budgie
The main food for the budgerigar is a grain mixture consisting of millet or oatmeal, canary seed and sunflower seeds. The finished grain mixture should be given daily in an amount of 1.5-2 teaspoons, making sure that there is no debris and husk in the feeder.
It is also necessary to include cereals without butter, green salad and spinach, sprouted cereals, vegetables and fruits in the diet. In winter and spring, in order to prevent vitamin deficiency, a parrot needs to be given vitamin supplements. You should not feed the parrot smoked meats or food from the fast food category. Despite the increased interest of parrots in these products, they can cause digestive diseases in birds. The fact that the parrot is healthy will be indicated by its smooth, shiny plumage and normal activity throughout the day.
How to care for a budgie in autumn and winter?
In addition to the basic procedures for cleaning the cage (aviary) and feeding, in the autumn-winter season, you need to maintain optimal humidity and temperature in the room. The lack of sunlight will adversely affect the health of the photophilous bird, so get ready to have to use electric lamps with a power of 100W or higher. It is possible to maintain the pet’s immunity during this period by adding 2-3 drops of lemon juice to a drinker with water. Also, one should not forget about mineral and vitamin supplements.
How to care for a budgie in the heat?
More time should be devoted to the hygiene of the parrot’s home: to clean and clean the cage more often, change the water in the drinking bowl, and ventilate the room.
The lifespan of budgerigars at home with proper care reaches 20 years. These are not only beautiful, but also smart enough birds. Communication with a parrot is an integral part of its existence, especially in the period of adaptation to new housing. Under certain conditions, the owner will even succeed in training the parrot to speak individual words, phrases and even whistle a melody over time.