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Old 05-17-2015, 09:44 PM
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Default Getting budgie home and initial diet help

I haven't owned a bird in 7 years and when I did own them I mainly owned tiel's and one little green check conure.

My baby budgie won't be ready for another 2 weeks, he/she is still being hand fed by the breeder. I'm stumped on how to get the bird home.
This is the cage I have on order. This is the cage I have on order.
Should I find a small dark carrier or should I just bring his cage with me?

My understanding is that budgies can be super picky so I need at least one fail safe food I am certain it will eat. I live a good hour away from any pet stores and my son is physically handicapped so running to the store isn't a last minute option if it turns its beak up at what I buy. When I last had birds they were on a pellet diet (can't remember brand it has been too long).

So ideas on transport and a fall back fail safe food. Hopefully, I am just over thinking this and all my birdie knowledge and confidence will come back once I have the little fellow home.

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Hi there and welcome to the forums! It's lovely to see you on here, back into the world of budgies

Good cage, looks nice for your little one.
I would definitely looks for a small, dark carrier, as small, dark spaces will make a baby bird feel more comfortable, it feels a little like a nestbox, which means security.

As for food, I agree that pellets are a good choice, and even though these ones are colored, they are rarely rejected by birds because of the bright color and flavor.
My bird loves them, and I think they will be an easy transition. The canary size is the best because it's for small beaks, and it's easier to handle than the bigger ones.
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I can't wait to meet your little one--What color? Boy or girl? Here we love pics, be sure to drop by and post some after s/he's all settled it
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:42 AM
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hello and welcome to Tb. I am sure your confidence will return once you do have your little one home.
If I were you I would ask the breeder to supply you with a small amount of the food he is used to eating and also the name of the store where he buys from.
Budgies are notorious for refusing to eat a new food some have even starved to death as they have a high metabolism.
Changing to pellets is a slow and time consuming process, also offer green vegies, a small mount of fruits and a cuttlebone block as well. The information forums are a great source of information have a read. As far as travelling home a small carrier cage would be preferable it can also be used as a hospital cage or transfer cage. Good luck and come back soon.
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The cage you have on order will work fine for transporting your budgie home from the breeder. Just make sure you have no hanging toys in the cage and wrap the cage in a couple of towels. The seat-belt will fit around the cage just fine and hold it in securely.
I transported my budgies home from the breeder in a cage and it was over a 7 hour trip. I left a portion of the side of the cage facing me uncovered so my new baby could see me and I could talk to him during the journey.

Most breeders will give you some food to bring home with you so the budgie will have what it is used to.
I would contact the breeder before picking your budgie to determine what seed mix and pellets the breeder weans the budgies to so you'll know which type to buy.

Roudybush, Harrisons, ZuPreem, and LeFarbers are good pellet brands.

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Thanks for the replies and welcomes. Communication with breeder is some what limited since we have only been texting but I will ask her about which food she feeds. Good to know about the cage and blanket trick. I will definitely look into Zupreem.

I have only seen older pictures of the budgie babies and they still hadn't grown in half their feathers at the time the picture was taken. I just asked the breeder to reserve one but didn't have a particular preference for color or gender so don't really have a clue which one will actually be ours. I'll be happy to take pictures when he/she gets here.

My son brought home a drawing of a bird so I assembled the cage yesterday and we put his drawing in the cage with the promise that it would be replaced with a real bird soon.
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