Am I abusing my budgies? Or giving them a poor quality of life?
So anyone that remembers my budgie story knows I got two babies in december. I am having trouble taming them, but as of late I have just accepted maybe they are just they way they are and have given up on trying to tame.
I work full time and often come home late. So this worried me, considering the birds may have no out of cage time some days. We created a bird room, where we have created it as safe and friendly as possible for Icarus and Iris. No exposed points, wires, holes ect. I have set up their cage, along with branches around the room. It is well ventilated, cool but not cold, warm but not hot. It has direct sun in some parts of the room and it has two windows to see outside. I let them out of their cage for a good portion of the day and check them when I come home. I secure them safe for bed time, change water and food along for next day. In the mornings I open up the cage and set out any fresh fruit or vege for the day.
I do not often get a chance through the working week to sit around and chit chat with the birdies. This is a friday to sunday occurrence. Although I do chit chat during our morning and evening encounters.
I have met and see so many people who have such tame birds and I'm told it's a lot of one on one training.. I do not do that with my guys. Am I giving them a bad life?
Please be constructive with your reply backs..but please do be honest.
That sounds to me like your budgies are living way better than the average pet budgie! They have their own room with (I presume) plenty of space to fly, they have each other to talk to and play with, it sounds like they're living quite well!
You probably won't get super-tame cuddly birdies that way, but do you really need that?
It sounds like you have created a wonderful enviroment for them. Nothing about the time you spend with them/or don't is abusive. If you had one bird, then I would tell you with your schedule to get him a friend, but as you have two, to be blunt, they don't need you to bond with, they have each other. All your needed for is the thing's you are already providing, and doing a splendid job of, so don't feel guilty, enjoy them as much as your schedule allow's you to...
He came down from Heaven unto this earth below
He came down from glory and praises untold
He came down to man fashioned in their way
He came down to rescue, He came down to save
It sounds like your birds got a pretty good life. A safe place out of the cage to play, a friend to play with (human interaction is really not a must for animals, although it defines being a 'pet')
Of course, you could stay home all day and play with the birds, but then you would probably not be able to afford the bird room.
Life is what it is.
And to be honest, I think my birds would move in with you in a heart beat!
I think some of the 'must haves' in pet ownership are concocted by people who have no job, and no social life.
For the rest of us, we make the best with what we got: Time, space and money.
Which reminds me, I think I forgot to feed the birds this morning....but a friend called, her daughter's rabbit was dieing....so we sat with Charlie, and attended his funeral....
It sounds like you have created a wonderful environment for them. Nothing about the time you spend with them/or don't is abusive. If you had one bird, then I would tell you with your schedule to get him a friend, but as you have two, to be blunt, they don't need you to bond with, they have each other. All your needed for is the thing's you are already providing, and doing a splendid job of, so don't feel guilty, enjoy them as much as your schedule allow's you to...
I've quoted Randy's post as he said everything I would have but since he said it already, I'll just say
You're doing a GREAT job with your budgies -- they're happy and you should be too!
You're giving your Budgies more than many people who have birds (the people here are not included) do. You're giving up what you want in tameness for what is working just fine for them (not being hand tame). I'd say you have thought of all kinds of things to make them happy and that shows that you care very much for them, so yes, you are a good bird mom. We do the best we can with what we have, just like 4711 says.
I honestly think and agree everybirdie who has added to this thread is absolutely correct.
Your budgies have the best possible living arrangements for a pet bird. They are together in a safe and well cared for world where they can play and interact all day .
The only one who is suffering here is you, please do not think the way you are, perhaps in the future a more tame and human orientated budgie will fit into your life, in the mean time enjoy them for what they are and interact and play when you can.
I'm sure they're enjoying their bird room and each other! I hope all the positive responses have eased your mind a bit.
You know, I think most of us have questioned what we're doing at times and sometimes worry whether we're giving our birds the best quality of life. We can all love our budgies and still disagree over how best to keep them happy and healthy. The fact you care enough to ask for other people's opinions says a lot about how much you care about your birds.
Captivity is a trade-off. The unnatural conditions can create stress, but nature is cruel too. The lives of wild birds are full of stress, just different stress. Yes we take away their flocks of hundreds/thousands, we might never let them mate, we might clip their wings, we might only give them a human for company, their world might be a room instead of miles of grassland... but on the other hand they needn't ever go hungry, or die of thirst, or get grabbed by a hawk, or be too hot or too cold, or suffer from an injury or illness that goes untreated.
Budgies are so adaptable and easy to please compared to the larger parrots. There are perfectly happy budgies living in situations a lot less luxurious than how your birds are living. If they seem happy, they probably are.