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Hello again!
I just want to ask a few quick questions that I am curious about:

-Is there a particular time when budgies start to get their pin feathers? Is it just when they "renew/regrow" their feathers or is it when they reach 1 year old or what?
-When does a female budgie lay an egg (unfertilised)? Is it when they're 1 year old or a particular season ?
-How should I encourage my budgies to take a bath? I think it just needs time but what could I do to encourage them more? My budgies do love taking baths in their water bowls but I bought a bird bath (JW Insight) yesterday and have been attaching it to the cage and they've been interested in it at times. I put some kale, corn and a few millet seeds inside the bath (a bit at the back of the bath so they have to go in a bit more) to encourage them and get used to it but they somehow get the food without stepping both feet into the water (they just perch exactly at the entrance of the bath). Is there a way to have them go in or should I just wait? The bird bath is located next to the water bowls and they take a bath in their water bowls even though they (I think) know there's water in the bird bath.
-What are some key points of budgies flirting/loving each other? (Like having an interest towards each other and wanting to mate)
-My calcium perch for my birds are getting stained by droppings. Is it still okay to reuse it and wash it with water and dishwashing liquid or something? (If not, then how do we wash it or is it not okay to wash it)
-Is there a way to get budgies used to petting them? I know budgies aren't really for petting and most dislike it but I just want to ask. >< Whenever I try to pet my budgie, (while feeding them with millet etc), they always put their foot on top of my finger. Is it because they dislike it or..?

Thank you again! I had other questions to ask but I have completely forgot! ><


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-Is there a particular time when budgies start to get their pin feathers? Is it just when they "renew/regrow" their feathers or is it when they reach 1 year old or what?

= Any time they moult they get pin feathers. there is a major moult around 4 to 6 months old when they get adult feathers (less dull colours and bars at top of head moult out) and then they moult roughly 2 time a year

-When does a female budgie lay an egg (unfertilised)? Is it when they're 1 year old or a particular season ?

= A hen can randomly lay an egg at any time. Budgies actually mature younger than a year of age but shouldn't be bred until after one for health care of the hen. No particular season for captive birds as their environment is always suitable for rearing young (plenty of food)

-How should I encourage my budgies to take a bath? I think it just needs time but what could I do to encourage them more? My budgies do love taking baths in their water bowls but I bought a bird bath (JW Insight) yesterday and have been attaching it to the cage and they've been interested in it at times. I put some kale, corn and a few millet seeds inside the bath (a bit at the back of the bath so they have to go in a bit more) to encourage them and get used to it but they somehow get the food without stepping both feet into the water (they just perch exactly at the entrance of the bath). Is there a way to have them go in or should I just wait? The bird bath is located next to the water bowls and they take a bath in their water bowls even though they (I think) know there's water in the bird bath.

= try a spray bottle. Mine loved a fine mist of water. Fluffing their wings is a sign they like it, don't chase them with the water


-What are some key points of budgies flirting/loving each other? (Like having an interest towards each other and wanting to mate)

= grooming means they are connected and feel like a flock . Close bonded signs are the male feeding the hen.

-My calcium perch for my birds are getting stained by droppings. Is it still okay to reuse it and wash it with water and dishwashing liquid or something? (If not, then how do we wash it or is it not okay to wash it)

= i preferred to scrap the stained bit off but haven't used them for ages.

-Is there a way to get budgies used to petting them? I know budgies aren't really for petting and most dislike it but I just want to ask. >< Whenever I try to pet my budgie, (while feeding them with millet etc), they always put their foot on top of my finger. Is it because they dislike it or..?

= petting them gently on their bellies is a way of training them to step up which is why you see them trying to stand on your hand. If they were not happy /scared they would back away. Some birds love a good scratch but it depends on the bird and how much effort you put into bonding and training your birds.

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If you discourage egg laying, that will help prevent your female from laying unfertilized eggs.
Rearranging their cage frequently, and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a day will help tremendously.
Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.

When they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.

I have a couple of birds who much prefer to bathe in their water bowls over bathing in their bathtub.
I just wait until they are finished and them give them fresh water.

You can spray calcium/mineral perch with white vinegar to loosen any dropping then wipe them off. Allow the perch to dry thoroughly before replacing it in the cage.

Most of the "staining" I notice on my bird's calcium/mineral perches is from newsprint. After the budgies bathe and walk around on the newspaper, some of the ink transfers to the perches. Most stains will wipe off easily with the white vinegar.

Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched.
If your budgie does like to be petted, you should only ever pet his head, neck or chest area.
Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates its breeding instinct. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.
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Deborah has given you great advice and I agree completely with the information she's provided
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Goodness, and you have more questions Glad you are asking these questions as it will help you become a great bird owner.
You have been given excellent advice, also be sure to read through the Sub Forums on the left, these are full of informative and valuable knowledge.
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I thought I had replied but thank you all so much! The answers have helped me a lot and I've learned more things!
I just want to ask whether two male budgies and two female budgies would be okay together in the same cage? Or would that cause a but of conflict between mates and such? I'm not getting two more budgies soon (I already have two) but I was just wondering if I do get the chance in the far future. ^^;; Of course, we'd have to do the quarantine and such, ur i just want to ask whether two females and two males would do well.
And also, since I have two budgies (females), one of the females I have seem to be getting tamed faster than the other so would it be okay (when the time comes.... When I'd know she's fully tamed) to let her out of the cage first for the first time and have her play around and fly around the room and such while the other stays in the cage? Or is it better to have them both venture out the cage for the first time together?
Sorry for my many questions, and thank you all so much for the helpful advice!
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Depending on the personalities of the 4 budgies, it's possible for them to get along well and be housed on the same cage.
However, you should be prepared in case this doesn't happen and have a spare cage to separate a pair if needed. Despite having an even ratio of males to females, there is still the chance for both the males to take a liking for the same female or vice versa, and this would lead to fighting.
This link may be of use to you: https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...en-flocks.html

Yes, it's perfectly fine for you to allow your tamest budgie to have out of cage time. In due time, you can use the trusting bond you have with this budgie to make the taming process easier with your other budgie.

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Sometimes two males and two females will be fine in one cage and sometimes not. Budgies are unique individuals just like people and you can not always predict what the dynamics will be.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...en-flocks.html

It's fine to work with your two female budgies individually when taming bonding with them. Be sure to read the stickies in the Taming and Bonding Section of the forum.
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I am currently cleaning the bottom of of the cage and I find one of my bird's feather and I see a few red specks?
I was just wondering whether this is just dried blood as I heard that blood goes through the feathers?
My two birds are currently molting. ^^;;
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Unfortunately, I don't think that's blood unless one of your birds has been injured. Moulted feathers have no blood inside them or on them at all.

I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but it looks like it could be mites, which often appear on the feathers as little red specks.

It's important that you get them both examined at an avian vet for a correct diagnosis, and if it really is mites, it's always best to catch it sooner rather than later so the time to treat it is reduced.

As a precautionary measure, you should rinse all your budgies' toys and bowls in either vinegar water or hot water and replace the paper several times the day rather than just once.

Mites fall off their hosts during the day and crawl back on during the night, so keeping everything as clean as possible will be of great benefit if it really is mites.

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