So, my budgie is getting a budgie friend.
I’ve done a lot of research and spoke with budgie lovers and breeders. These are some of the most important things to consider.
Budgies live in big groups in the wild and in my opinion they should not be kept alone. If you are thinking about keeping a budgie on his own, be honest and realistic about how much time you can and will spend with him. If you go to school or work every day, your budgie really needs a friend.
Also, if you spend less time with him than you intended, consider getting him a buddy.
Important to know is that if you have 2 budgies, a male + female / male + male is fine, BUT female + female is a no go. When you have a bigger flock, make sure to get even numbers.
Get your budgie no younger than 8 weeks. Like with other animals, budgies need to spend a minimum amount of time with their parents. Some people will say that it is easier to tame your budgie when he is younger, but that is not true. Taming, when done right, takes time and effort in any case.
Join an online forum, it is very good to be able to ask questions and read about other budgies
Find out where there is an Avian Vet nearby you, just in case.
Buy a little travelling cage, if you have to purchase one when you need to go to the vet you’re too late
What does a healthy budgie look like?
- His eyes are clear, young budgies have eyes that look a bit darker and rounder
- His feathers look smooth and clean, he has no bold spots
- He can stretch his wings easily
- He looks alert and moves around
- He has 2 toes pointing forward and two pointing backwards and he is holding the perch firmly
- His back side is clean, there is no poo sticking to his feathers
Where to go
I’m absolutely no fan of pet shops. Besides the fact that I don’t think animals should be in shops like they are just products, my experience is that they don”t have a lot of knowledge of the animals they sell and will say anything to sell their ‘product’.
There are always animals waiting to be adopted, so that is one good option.
It’s true, the change that you will find a young animal is quite slim, but taming an older budgie can be done with some time and patience.
An other option is to find a breeder. Be sure that it is one that does it for a hobby and out of love and not to make money.
I find that signs of a good breeder are:
- They can give you plenty information about the budgie and his parents
- They have some conditions for you as well, like they don’t want their budgies to be living alone.
- It is no problem if you want to make an appointment to have a look
- They cages are clean, the budgies look healthy
- They have their own budgies, that they don’t sell
- Get a square cage with horizontal bars (at least at two sides)
- Make sure the cage is big enough for 2 budgies around 70 x 60 x 55 cm
- Width is more important than height, budgies are no helicopters, as they say.
- It goes without saying that bigger is better and that your budgies should have enough space to move around.
- Don’t place the cage in or nearby the kitchen (cooking fumes and fumes from heated Teflon are dangerous for birds), nearby a radiator or window.
- Make sure there is no draft where they cage is located
- No plastic perches, but wooden perches in different sizes. Wood is better for their feed and it will file down their nails naturally
* I’ll post some pictures of my cage in a next post
(These are prices in Holland)
- A budgies will cost between 7,50 and 15 €
- A decent cage costs at least 50 €
- Budgies are very curious and inquisitive creatures, so they need to be challenges and kept busy. Toys: 20 € (I make a lot myself, fun and it saves money)
- Food; I give my budgies Xtravital which is 7 – 10 € per kilo, that lasts me a month with 4 mouths to feed, they also need fruit, vegetables, Mineral Block, soluble and insoluble grit. Some you only have to buy once in many months, so 15 € per month should be enough
- Make sure to keep some money aside for the vet. When you think your budgie might be sick, you don’t want money to be a problem. Costs can vary a lot, between 20-40 € per visit. Also keep in mind that if your budgie is sick, he might need medicine.
- Wood chips or sand for the bottom of the cage is about 5 € per month