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Hi,

I recently became the caretaker of a 3 old budgie name Kiwi. I’m reluctant to use the term rescue, as Kiwi was lovely cared for by a young lady who realized she doesn’t have the time to give the bird the attention he deserves.

At some point in the past Kiwi had an encounter with the family dog, while quite traumatic at the time he appears to have recovered, but as a result the family never hand trained Kiwi, or let him fly free. My initial impression after just a few days is Kiwi seem to a happy little guy, he loves music, and takes interest and respond to people when we sit close to his cage and talk to him. Yesterday after one of these sessions, I held some millet between my fingers and presented it to him through the cage bars, He came over and happily ate it.

My ultimate goal (if possible) is to hand train Kiwi, and allow him to have time outside his cage. While I have raised multiple budgie in the past, it’s been over twenty years since my last bird, and I do have some question I would appreciate advice on:

• There are three separate food containers in his cage, is there any benefit / down side to this arrangement?

• Kiwi’s water was in 2 troughs one large one near the bottom of the cage, and an exterior bottle that has a small trough extending through the bars. He seems to use the large one as a litter box; I removed it for obvious reasons. The previous owner told me that Kiwi did not seem to use either water bottle, she sprayed him with water each night based on the recommendation of a Vet. He is not upset in the least to be sprayed. My questions are: is spraying a normal practice? And second is there a water system that is preferred for Budgie use?

• We would like to place Kiwi next to a window, our windows are fairly new, but they are windows. Is this a concern with regard to drafts?

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Hi and Welcome...lots of experienced folk here to offer you help with your questions...would love to see photos of Kiwi...thank you for taking on the care of Kiwi, I used to rescue cats/dogs some yrs back - very rewarding.
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Hi there and welcome to the forums!
It's great to have you with us and to hear that you've taken in little Kiwi.
We hope to see pictures of your gorgeous boy soon!

I don't know about the three containers in his cage, personally I think that's a good arrangement because you can feed him a variety of things, like pellets in one, seed in one, and veggies in the other, or something similar.

I would leave the water bottle and at least one of the troughs in there at first, she may not have seen him drinking and assumed he wasn't.
Spraying a budgie as their source of water is not a common practice, and it's hard to ensure that he's taking in any liquid. As long as you change all his water daily, there should be no reason he can't have multiple water sources. As long as he doesn't mind the spraying, though, it's a great way to give him a bath!

About the windows: Cage hear a window is fine, but right next to it wouldn't be good because glass absorbs heat and cold and even if there's no drafts, it still impacts the immediate environment around the window.
I hope this helps, I'm looking forward to seeing you and Kiwi around the forums!
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Hi and to Talk Budgies!

Let me see if I can address your questions...
1) I have multiple food dishes in my budgie's cage because I like to keep the various items separate for him. I have two dishes with different pellets in each, one dish for seed, one dish for water and I use a separate "special" bowl for treats and/or veggies.

However, it is really a matter of personal preference as you only have one bird. Some people mix their budgies pellets with their seed and have a separate dish for treats and/or veggies.

2. I give my budgies water in a stainless steel dish.

I have multiple of the stainless dishes so switching the dish in the holder is simple. Stainless is easy to clean and doesn't harbor bacteria the same way plastic can when it becomes scratched.

Others choose to use water dishes such as:

or

I tried the Lix-It bottles and didn't have any luck with them but I know of many who love them. However, the bird has to get used to how to drink from them if you decide to use those.

Budgies don't drink a lot so the previous owner probably simply was not aware of when he used his water dishes. The water level doesn't really go down as the bird can only take in a drop or so at a time.

Although my birds do defecate in their water dishes occasionally, I change their water two or three times a day so it really isn't a problem for me.

3. Some birds like to be misted (sprayed) while others prefer baths or rubbing or rolling on wet greens. If Kiwi likes being misted, that's fine. It isn't something you need to do daily unless you want to. I wouldn't recommend doing it right before he goes to bed as he may become chilled. I use this bath for my birds:


4. I have my cage by a window. I have a double-cell shade that I put down at night. As long as you don't feel drafts coming in around the glass then having Kiwi's cage there should be fine. Do you cover his cage at night? I cover the top and three sides of my cages and halfway down the front of the cage and use a night-light to help prevent night frights.


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I'm looking forward to hearing all about Kiwi and hopefully seeing some pictures soon!!

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Thanks all for taking the time to reply.

I have much to learn are really appreciate the advice.
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