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I'm very new to owning birds... I have only ever raised guinea pigs. Yesterday, the two parakeets my mother has owned for less than a year have been given to me. I've been a little overwhelmed by how poorly they've been taken care of! I'll list off my problems and questions in order:

1. My mother has been feeding them food called "premium parakeet food" by Purina that includes white millet, red millet, canary seed, flax seed, and coconut. Is this enough to suit their dietary needs? If not, what is the better option?
2. What things should you do with your budgie on a daily basis?
3. How can I sex them? I mean, they haven't been laying eggs ever, so I assume they're both males, but I could be wrong...
4. How can I befriend 2 of them at a time?
5. Can guinea pigs and budgies live in the same room?
6. One of my budgie's stomachs appears to be inverted... how can I tell if it is anorexic?

I hope I can become a wonderful budgie owner and get to know lots about these little guys! From the videos I've been seeing, budgies seem to be interesting little critters! I can't wait to get to know 'em!

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Please post photos of your pretty birds so we can understand what you mean by inverted stomach and sex them. In general dark blue cere is a boy and white/tan or white with light blue ring is female. I believe it is ok to feed them a seed mix but a variety of food is best such as fresh veges. My budgies will not eat them so i give them vitamin drop supplements. Budgies are great pets with wonderful personalities. I am sure you will enjoy them. If you feel they were not well taken care of in the past you may want to take them to a vet and have them checked out.
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Thanks for all those helpful things! I do still have one question, though. I know all the things you're supposed to do to befriend your budgies, but can I apply those things even with two birds in the same cage?
Also, how much food should I feed to each of them on a daily basis? I know the percentages, but am not sure how that translates into portion sizes.

Oh, and thought you might like to know: the link in the "50+ common dangers to look out for" or whatever that one was called says the site is down for maintenence...
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It sounds like the budgies are being given a second chance! How wonderful for them, take your time to get to know the forum it is great you are asking questions. As far as diet goes budgies are foragers by nature, this being they run around ,fly around eating what they find. Of course our birds are fed so they don't need to forage.
A mixed diet is best seed, fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, thyme, sprouts, broccoli, corn , carrots. are a few that they like.
Also probiotics from a vet or pet store are a good supplement.
Give them fresh seed and water each day.
If at all possible can you post a picture I am a little concerned by your comment regarding one of your birds.
Keep asking the questions!!
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1. My mother has been feeding them food called "premium parakeet food" by Purina that includes white millet, red millet, canary seed, flax seed, and coconut. Is this enough to suit their dietary needs? If not, what is the better option?

A good seed mix (Dr. Harvey's, Drs Foster and Smith or Zupreem) along with pellets, veggies and some fruit would be a better option.
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2. What things should you do with your budgie on a daily basis?

If you are comfortable that you can get them back in their cage, then giving them out-of-cage flight/playtime each day is great. You should also spend time talking, singing or reading to them and depending on how interactive they are with you you can play with them with their toys as well.
Play music on low or leave the TV on when you have to go out and leave them alone.


3. How can I sex them? I mean, they haven't been laying eggs ever, so I assume they're both males, but I could be wrong.
Post clear photos taken in natural light (no flash) that are close-up full frontal pictures of their cere (the area right above the beak) We will be able to tell you if they are male or female.
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4. How can I befriend 2 of them at a time?
Whether it's one or two you are going to have to start by gaining their trust. This will take time and patience on your part.

To build your budgieís trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him.

After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch him.
Let him get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward the budgie and begin your taming and bonding sessions.

Please read through the stickies in the Training and Bonding section of the forum.


5. Can guinea pigs and budgies live in the same room?
Yes, they can. Please don't allow the budgies and pigs to be out of their cages at the same time without very close supervision though.

6. One of my budgie's stomachs appears to be inverted... how can I tell if it is anorexic?

I'm not sure what you mean by inverted. If the budgies are used to being handled, you can gently feel the keel bone (breast bone). If it is sharp and protruding then the budgie is underweight. You can also weigh them using a digital scale.

Having a "well-budgie" check-up and establishing a relationship with an Avian Vet is a good thing to do as well. This will give the vet a baseline to work with in case there are any emergencies or issues that arise in the future.

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Thanks for all those helpful things! I do still have one question, though. I know all the things you're supposed to do to befriend your budgies, but can I apply those things even with two birds in the same cage?
Also, how much food should I feed to each of them on a daily basis? I know the percentages, but am not sure how that translates into portion sizes.

Oh, and thought you might like to know: the link in the "50+ common dangers to look out for" or whatever that one was called says the site is down for maintenence...

I change the food bowls every other day but i freshen it up with fresh seeds daily. On the most part they do not over eat. I just make sure they have food and water always available. Do not forget a cuttle bone and mineral block. you can get cuttlebone holders with perch at the petstores. cuttlebone is essential for their health. I do not use the metal hooks that come with the cuttlebone. Mine respond better to the cuttlebone holder with perch. petco/petsmart carries them
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I change the food bowls every other day but i freshen it up with fresh seeds daily. On the most part they do not over eat. I just make sure they have food and water always available. Do not forget a cuttle bone and mineral block. you can get cuttlebone holders with perch at the petstores. cuttlebone is essential for their health. I do not use the metal hooks that come with the cuttlebone. Mine respond better to the cuttlebone holder with perch. petco/petsmart carries them
I cannot get fresh seed for my budgies... how long do fresh seeds last, anyway? Do you think they'll be healthy with just the best packaged bird food I can find? I'm not sure what the best for them would even be, though... it would have to be available at PetSmart. :/

I will try to take a picture of my budgies... the tablet I have is the only thing I have to take pictures with currently, and the pictures it takes are pretty low quality... I'll try and see how it turns out.
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You can buy bird seed on line through many suppliers.

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By fresh we mean new seed from the packet or bag or tin however you buy it. I buy my seed from a fresh produce store that mix their own see mixes.
Don't be fooled into thinking they have plenty of seed in the dish when you look as they de husk the seeds and leave the shell in the dish. This is why they need to be given fresh seed daily. You can't change a budgies diet easily . They will actually starve themselves rather than eating an unknown new food.
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