I've always been fond of using the most natural objects in pet cages/tanks. In the past I owned Japanese firebelly newts, and I researched what kind of plants would be found in a river they might live in. I ended up putting only bamboo and moss in their terrarium and they absolutely loved it! I would love to do something with a budgie cage too!
So I was thinking this, would putting native Australian foliage/plantlife in a cage be safe? Would I be able to safely cultivate and keep something like that alive in a cage? Would it be safe to double as a food source?
From what I've seen budgies eat grass seed- would black spear grass like this be a safe thing to keep in a budgie cage?
Has anyone ever tried having real plants in their budgie cages? I'm very interested in finding out what everyone thinks!
The issue that I see with having plants in a cage is hygiene. The birds poop everywhere--much more concentrated than in nature--and it would be difficult to keep the plants and soil clean enough. I do have some pots of herbs that I periodically put in their play area and they are definitely attracted to them and nibble on them.
I'll be interested in hearing if anybody has gotten this to work however!
Some people grow the plants outside of the cage but have them close enough the bird can nibble the leaves through the cage bars. Of course, another option is to grow your plants, and harvest small amounts as appropriate when feeding your budgie. Many people do this with various herbs and vegetables.
Pudge's cage isn't quite as big as I would like it for plant space. I'm actually in the market right now for one much bigger to move him too just so that he has more flying space for when he goes in.
I really like the idea of having the plants outside of the cage with leaves on the outside to nibble on!!! that could be much safer since bugs tend to attract to soil and the last thing I would like to happen are plant mites getting into the budgie cage.
@ibeckman what kind of herbs do you offer your budgies? we buy lots of organically grown herbs to use for cooking, i'd love to share some with the budgie if they're safe!
@faerybee what sort of plants do people use around their budgies cage for them to chew on? I live in wisconsin which is very cold, but we do grow a lot of cranberries, raspberries, strawberries and pear plants. as well as feed corns and wheat. iI'm wondering if any native Wisconsin plants would be safe?
I've seen somewhere that aloe is a safe plant for birds, but I know for a fact it's deadly to cats and dogs. Is it truly safe for a bird to eat aloe?