If you’ve decided you’re ready to buy a budgie it’s important that you do a little research into what you’re going to need. You obviously want to be the best owner possible, so we have put together a few tips that will help you make the best decisions for your new bird.
Find the Best Cage Possible
Although budgies aren’t big birds you still need to provide them with plenty of space for them to move around, and even more space if you’re buying more than one. However, don’t rush out and buy any big cage as some won’t be suitable.
You need to take a look at the spacing between the bars, as cages for larger birds have wider spacing and a budgie could escape. We have a selection of bird cages online and in your local store.
The bars need to be horizontal too as the budgies will be able to climb these bars easily. You’ll also need to purchase accessories such as bird baths, nest boxes and toys that will hang on the inside of the cage.
Getting to Know Your Budgie
Spend time sitting next to your budgie in the cage and talk to it frequently. You can sing, read books and speak about the weather, anything you want. Encourage all the family to do the same.
After a few days begin putting your hand in the cage but don’t go to pick up your budgie or try to catch it. Instead simply rest your hand inside the cage and leave it there while you talk as normal. Continue repeating this exercise several times a day, avoid sudden movements and be patient.
Once your budgie seems comfortable with your hand being in the cage you can step things up a bit. Pick up some millet and hold it. Again you’ll need to be patient and the end goal is for the bird to take millet from your hand. Once you manage it keep repeating this action a few times a day. Then place the seeds in your hand and encourage your budgie to come and take it out of your palm.
Now your budgie is comfortable sitting on your hand try and get her to sit on your finger. Hold your finer out and stroke her chest. Once she steps on to your finger resist the urge to move, let her sit until she wants to get off. As she becomes more confident you can begin slowly moving your finger when she is sat on it while inside the cage.
These are just a few tips on how to provide a happy home for your budgie; we have more advice found here in our pet care section.