Hello! I am a soon-to-be Budgie owner and I have a few questions that have so far not been answered by any articles. I would love some advice from experienced Budgie owners, or even a link to an article that addresses my question. Here goes!
I really want to avoid buying from a big box store if at all possible, but I'm finding it hard to locate a breeder near me, in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Does anyone have any helpful tips or websites I can go to to find a breeder near me? (I am willing to drive quite a ways to go get my budgie if I can be guaranteed a young, hand-raised American Budgie in good health).
I read in one article that I should avoid strong scents (no candles, air fresheners, etc.) and food scents in the presence of my Budgie. (According to the article, Budgies have a sensitive sense of smell and strong smells could cause problems for them). Have you had any problems with strong scents and your Budgie? Is this a strict rule to be followed or is it more of a general guideline?
I will be living in a studio apartment and I fully intend to make it completely Budgie-proof for free flying time (covered mirrors and windows, wires and cords hidden away, no small "get stuck" spaces, closed doors and windows, etc.) I'm just wondering if anyone else has had any experience with having a Budgie in a Studio apartment (no separate rooms other than a bathroom and closet) or any tips for keeping a Budgie in a studio apartment.
I've read many many articles on every aspect of Budgie care and I have not read anything about feather dust. The only place I learned about feather dust was on this forum. Is feather dust a big concern for Budgie owners? What are your tips to combat feather dust?
My purpose in getting a Budgie is to provide a little feathered friend with a good, comfortable home, as well as companionship for myself. I have no other pets (I will be living alone) and I would welcome the love and attention a Budgie could provide, as well as the love and attention I could give a Budgie. I understand that if I am to get a lone Budgie, he or she would need a minimum of one hour of attention during the day to satisfy his or her social needs (according to the articles I'm reading). I work two jobs but both jobs are part time. I will be home for half a day 4 days a week, at which time I can let the Budgie out for free fly time and attention for a minimum of three hours (consecutively or separate). However, two days a week I will be gone all day, but I can still let the Budgie out for an hour or two on those days for flying and attention. One day a week I am home all day so free time is not an issue. Is this enough daily free/exercise time for one Budgie to be comfortable? I intend to talk to my budgie all day and spend as much time out of cage as the Budgie wants. I will get a second Budgie companion if it is better for my Budgie's mental and emotional health, but ideally I would just have one Budgie. What do you think?
What brands of food do you recommend? I would love to feed my Budgie the most natural, organic, nutritionally rich food available, but I have no frame of reference for which brands are the healthiest for Budgies. What do you suggest?
I think those are all of my questions for now. It was a long post, but thank you for reading! I just want to be as informed and prepared as possible so I can give my future Budgie the best home I can. I'm sure I'll have more questions as I go along. I appreciate any advice, tips, or links to articles you can give me!
I don't have a studio apartment so I can't comment on this. You will have to be very careful and time your budgies out of cage time for when you are not cooking, washing up etc. as this can all be potentially dangerous for your budgie.
Feather dust with budgies isn't a huge deal They are not as bad as other birds. Regular daily or twice daily cage cleaning and good house keeping will keep this under control without any issues.
Budgies can be fine alone. Many members here have a lone budgie and still work but have a well adjusted bird still. Routine is key so getting your new bird into a good routine will help you out a lot with settling your budgie in.
There will likely be a period of adjustment where your budgie will miss the constant companionship of other birds but he will adjust with time.
I believe some birds are better suited as lone budgies but getting a socialised bird from a breeder will help. https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...ew-budgie.html
I'm in the UK so the brands I use is Haith's which is a local bird seed company which is of no use to you. But you can look in the Diet and Nutrition section to find out how to give your budgie the very healthiest diet possible, which will be pellets and vegetables as well as a good seed.
I'm sure other members will have a lot of good advice for you too.
Thank you so much for your advice! I am much more confident now in my decision to adopt a Budgie. Also thank you for the links to breeders in Minnesota, they're a huge help! I'll be sure to post updates on my Budgie adopting process.