About 3 months ago, 2 budgies came into my care. Someone I new had purchased them, and through unplanned circumstances, could not keep them. We couldn't find a local sanctuary, and I did not want to send them to out local all-animal shelter because they have an unfortunately high kill-rate on small animals. So they came home with me. I have never kept birds.
Their life is safe but not optimal. At first I worked on making sure they would be safe in my home and grow accustomed to me and my husband. One is finger friendly, the other is a bit more aggressive but she (?) is getting better. We have made it to where we can gently stroke her breast when she's sleepy.
Their cage is on the small side for 2 birds but not so small as to be unacceptable. A larger, wider cage will be my next big purchase.
My number one concern right now is food. They won't touch a veggie or fruit, and they only eat the white millet in their seed blend. I have tried different brands, and they pick out the white millet and either leave the rest behind or "spit" it out to the floor of the cage. I know that they require more nutrients than what's in millet alone, so I'm concerned for them. They show no signs of being ill, but I want them to be as healthy as possible.
I hope you will be patient with me, as I was not prepared to care for them to start with and I'm learning as I go. I am open to any tips and guidance and constructive criticism.
Dry seed mixes are actually very fattening and don't contain much nutrients at all. Sprouted seed on the other hand is very healthy and nutritious and usually taken too quite well.
Many avian vets advise a pelleted diet for birds as this gives them all the nutrients they need and is balanced. Of course they still need veggies. For now to get them to eat all their seed mix, give them 1 and a half to 2 teaspoons of seed each day. This is the amount of food most budgies eat in a day. Keep offering veggies. Leafy greens are usually a favourite. And have a look into converting them onto pellets. I'd also say start giving them sprouted seed, this is a great way to give them fresh food as most budgies love it.
Thank you for rescuing these little ones It sounds like you're doing a wonderful job caring for them so far!
You've been given great advice and resources from iHeartPieds so far regarding diet.
Meanwhile, you've come to a great place to learn even more about budgies! We're so glad you've decided to continue your budgie research and journey with us here We look forward to seeing you around the forums!
Be sure to read through all of the forum's many articles and stickies that we have here! If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help.
We look forward to meeting your budgies soon!
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
You have come to the right place to learn more about budgies and get advice and support. Thank you for taking in the two birds and caring for them. They are lucky budgies! What are their names?
There is lots of info here on taming and bonding with your birds. I recommend checking out that subforum for more info. It is also helpful to know that in general, budgies are not cuddly pets. They usually only like to be scratched on the head and may put up with you touching their breast. Many budgies never do more than perch on your finger and some do not even become finger tame. It takes time to develop a bond and trust with your birds and to teach them about not biting you too hard (Lemon Drop and I are working on this one right now). Sounds like you have made some good progress in this area already. Just take it at their pace and know that every bird is different.
When you get a chance, I would love to see some pictures!
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Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.
These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.