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How to get woken up by a budgie

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First introductions

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So, when Pedro moved in he lived in the big new cage and Joepie stayed in the cage he came in. They are going to move in together when they are used to each other. First, let’s see how Joepie responds to him. He has been living alone for a long time – my friend had him for about 1,5 years and she bought him in a pet shop.

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When Pedro started chirping, Joepie’s whole demeanor changed. He was very alert and started looking where that sound came from. It was very cute to see.

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You look just like me!

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Hagen Vision Cage – Review

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February 2011

Since Joepie is getting a budgie of his own, they are going to need a bigger cage.

When introducing a new budgie, the best thing to do is put him in a separate cage, next to the other(s) and slowly let them get used to each other. Before picking up the new budgie, everything has to be in order, so I’ve ordered the cage.

I have decided to get the Hagen Vision II Model M02. It has a size of  L 61 x W 38 x H 88 cm.

I have ordered it at ZooPlus.nl a website I can really recommend. The prices are reasonable and they have loads of stuff for all kinds of pets.

The box arrives and it is huge!

Unfortunately I did not take pictures of the box and what was inside, but what I can say is, this cage is very easy to put together.

Just 2 comments

  • the cage includes plastic perches, those can go in the bin
  • the cage has some kind of grid for the bottom. I have no idea what the purpose of this thing is, but since the budgies have to go to the bottom to eat (that’s where the feeding bowls are) I can’t imagine that grid being very comfy to walk on for them, so that also goes in the bin

Other than that, I’m very content with this cage. It has 2×2 doors, when opened to the inside they stay horizontal so that the budgies can land/sit on them.

The feeding bowls can be taken out easily from the outside with a door on either side.



A New Budgie – Important Stuff

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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.

General Tips

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

Cage

Do

  • 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.

Also important

  • 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

Costs
(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

Loving the shower

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January 2011

One of the first times Joepie has a shower. He clearly loves it. There are not a lot of things more enjoyable than watching a budgie loving his morning shower.

When letting your birdie shower or bath, make sure to do it in the morning or early afternoon. They need time to dry up completely before it’s time to sleep.

Play Time

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Here’s Joepie showing his toys who’s boss!

Soon he started really liking the bell he’s head butting here. He was kissing it and regurgitate seeds on/for it.

He clearly saw the bell as a friend, which made me so sad. It really is time for him to have his own budgie to play with!

 

Don’t leave me!

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Joepie does not like being on his own, clearly.
He follows me everywhere!