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Old 07-17-2015, 11:04 PM
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Two weeks ago I purchased two budgies from a local flea market, which I know I shouldn't have because I should have found a breeder who cares more for the birds and less for profit, but I felt like I could give them a better home even if that meant I played into the supply and demand of business that was selling them at said flea market...I know it was irresponsible, but I felt bad for them and I let my empathy get in the way of my better senses. Anyways, I brought them home and housed them together because they were already in the same cage anyways..not sure if I made a mistake and should have quarantined them. There is a male and a female and both appear to be happy and healthy. I have been giving them time to adjust and only put my hand in the cage to do water/newspaper/food changes or to clean of the accessories or toys in the cage and I do occasionally rest my finger on the wooden perch just so they start to learn I'm not a threat.

I place them outside in the morning and in the evening for a few hours so they can get some fresh air without roasting or freezing to death. I talk to them through their cage and I play them videos of other budgies chirping and singing for some mental stimulation. I Have a few toys in their cage along with two wooden perches, a bath house (which doesn't have water in it because they weren't using it so I hung it on a circular rope perch they had so it could double as a house for them to hide in), and a cuttle bone. I have also placed some millet in there because they are to afraid to accept it from my hand. I place different varieties of fruits and veggies in the cage daily, but they never eat them. I just want to make sure I am doing everything correctly ad have provided the proper housing for them. Their cage is 2.5 feet in length, a little less than 2 feet in width and a little more than a foot high. The cage is originally designed for finches, but I read that parakeets fly horizontally and all the cages designed for parakeets that I found were taller rather than longer.

Please let me know if I am doing anything wrong in my budgie care and if you think the cage is of adequate size...I have attached pictures... and I will be purchasing a stand for the cage so they don't feel like we are towering over them and right now i just sit on the floor when I interact with them so I don't seem so large.

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Old 07-17-2015, 11:14 PM
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Hello, and welcome to talk budgies...

Congrat's on your new friend's, they are very pretty. If you post closeup's of them in natural light, some of our expert's would be glad to give you opinion's on their gender's, approx. ages, and mutation's. They were bought together so quarantine is of no concern for this situation. I am glad you are providing them a good home, they need one too just like breeder's bird's...

That is a great cage you have for them, I have several myself. You will really enjoy them I'm sure, and it is wonderful that you are seeking all the info you can to do the best in this new endeavor. Both you and your bird's will benefit greatly by finding this forum. The sticky's at the top of each sub forum are loaded with wonderful, helpful advice from very expert, experienced sources. This forum also has many very helpful people who love to answer questions, and share their experiences, and give advice. Good to have you...
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:27 PM
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Hello and welcome, even though you said you shouldn't of bought them from the market it is good you have, as they will be getting a much healthier and happier life I am sure.
Great cage choice, as Randy suggested send in a close up picture and the experts here will help determine their gender.
If you have a female by chance I would not provide a house or nest type situation as this can help stimulate the breeding cycle to come on.
Once again happy to have you here see you around the forums more soon.
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Welcome to the forums and the ever exciting world of budgie ownership!
You came to the right place as you will find all you need to know on budgie care here.

I also advise you to take out the bird bath, it really is not a good idea to place a hiding spot for them nor anything that they could potentially use as a nest, because that would encourage your budgies into wanting to raise a family and your female budgie to become broody and wanting lay eggs.

By looking at that second photo I can tell you the budgie on the left is a female 100%, your other budgie also looks like a female from the pics, but a better close up photo would help confirm it. I'm seeing an overall whitish cere and if that is the case then she is also a budgie girl.

Since you are new to budgies and if you haven't done so already, check the Diet and Nutrition and the Training and Bonding sections of the forums.

Be sure to get your budgies a good calcium source, you can place a cuttlefish bone or a calcium block on the cage to satisfy their needs.

Best of luck with your new little friends!
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I have 16 Parakeets none have ever been quarantined they eat wild bird, white millet and deer plot seeds what seeds that are left I plant in containers of top soil without chemicals they also eat the plants and dig up the roots.
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Hi and welcome to TB! Your birds are cute and the cage looks great!
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Hi and to Talk Budgies!

It's wonderful that you chose these little birds and are giving them a safe and loving home.

The cage you have for them is a fine size for two budgies.
Should you ever decide to get additional budgies, you'll want to get a bigger cage at that time and be sure to quarantine any new birds away current birds for at least 4-6 weeks.
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I agree with the previous posters that it is best not to provide a "house" or nest area in the cage as you have a female and that will encourage breeding.
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I would like to suggest you take a look at the link below which has excellent ideas regarding perches and accessories to make your budgies' cage the best it can be.
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Hello and welcome to Talk Budgies!

You've been given great advice already so I can only say that it's wonderful you were able to get these two a new lease on life
It sounds like you're doing a wonderful job so far, I would just buy perches made of natural wood instead of dowels to exercise the bird's feet and prevent things like arthritis.
I know it seems like they'll never eat their veggies, but as long as you vary what you offer and the presentation it's offered in (i.e shredded carrots vs. chopped carrots) I'm sure they'll get curious and take a bite!
Feel free to post more pictures if you have them

Hope to see you around the forums and it's great to have you here! Feel free to ask about any questions if you have them!
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