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I've recently gotten my first budgie and he is definitely in need of some friends, I am not the most experienced bird owner and I have no idea the amount of birds suitable for my current cage. It's a 30"x18"x36" (I think, I tried finding the cage online and getting the measurements from there) flight cage, will this be suitable for 2-3 budgies? I've added a picture below just for reference

And an added picture of my new little buddy just for good measure

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Your little guy is very cute. What have you named him?

Please trim the fringe hanging from the rope rings down to no more than 1/2". You also need to watch and be sure your budgie is not chewing on the rope as ingesting of the fibers can lead to crop impaction.
https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...eled-toys.html

Also, please remove the snuggle hut from the cage. Budgies perch to sleep and have no need for the huts. There are reports of budgies getting toenails caught in the fabric and severely injuring themselves.
Additionally, you have the problem with ingestion of the fabric fibers.

I would suggest you replace the dowel rod perches in your cage with those made of natural wood. Budgies need perches of differing diameters to exercise their feet and legs and prevent pressure sores.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...ure-sores.html

Take a look at this link to get an idea of the types of perches recommended:
https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...reat-cage.html

If you decide to get another budgie, please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.

Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room where your current bird(s) are housed for a period of 30-45 days.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

I fully believe in giving budgies the biggest cage - the more room each budgie has, the better. It is best to keep budgies in even numbers (if you aren't keeping just a solo budgie) so I would suggest you get a little male friend for your current budgie.

Even though you could house four birds comfortably in the cage, you must realize that you need to be able to provide all necessary Avian Vet care for every budgie you have. The noise level with four budgies is much greater than with one or two. Additionally, flock dynamics change with each budgie brought into a flock.

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Hi there and to the forums!

Congratulations on your cute little guy What have you named him?

I'm glad you're taking the time to ensure you're aware of all the best budgie care practices, and you couldn't have come to a better place to do so

FaeryBee has given great advice with regards to your cage situation--I personally would recommend you only get one other budgie, so each one can have as much space to fly as possible. I agree that his little friend should also be male, so that there is no danger of accidental breeding In addition, two males tend to bond very well and become great friends!

Be sure to read through all the links provided, and if you have any questions afterwards, please do ask as we'd love to help

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Your little guy is very cute! I like your cage and can tell you worked at setting it up. I started a couple of years ago not knowing very much about budgies, but have learned so so much from the very knowledgeable members here! Not only did I have wooden dowels, I had those perch covers that are like sandpaper... which you don't want to do!! I use rope perches frequently, but.. you do have to watch when they start to wear. Our little budgies like to nibble on those threads and that can be a problem.. Be sure to ask any questions you have.. I asked a ton and I'm glad I did!
Welcome to TB and keep us posted on your current bird and the new one, if you decide to get one!
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I have named him Nimbus. I have removed all the rope toys and replaced them with rope-free wooden toys Does anyone know where I can get some perches made from natural wood? I've looked around locally but can't seem to find anything.
I have taken him and his friend (who is on quarantine, no name yet!) to an avian vet nearby for a checkup and to get them wormed (most of the bird worming products from my local pet store seemed dodgy, I didn't want to do more harm than good). They are both settling in well and still manage to chirp to each other when being a room apart.
The only advice I'm really after is about diet. They're both unfortunately seed addicts and I'm trying my best to convert them to a pellet-based diet with little luck, when I gradually removed the seeds and mixed it in with the pellets they just picked the seeds out, and when there is just pellets they eat nothing. Any advice?
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Nibus is a very cute name! What have you named his little friend? Did you get another male?

Eucalyptus branches that have not been chemically treated with pesticide or harvested near the road are great for natural perches.

You can also buy natural wood perches from various on-line pet supply stores:

Pet Shop Direct (Australian Based)

Natural Bird Company (UK Based)

With regard to diet, it will take time and patience to get your budgies used to eating pellets.

When I introduced pellets, my Avian Vet recommended using Harrison's High Potency Mash and sprinkling it on the budgie's seed mix every day. This way, when the budgie hulls the seed it tastes the pellet mash and ingests bits of it as well. This helps the budgie identify the taste as a food source.

Many members seem to find the easiest pellets to use for introducing pellets to their budgies to be the CANARY sized Zupreem fruity pellets. Most budgies like the taste and the "Canary" sized pellets are tiny enough for them to easily eat them. Once they've become accustomed to the Fruity Pellets, introducing the smallest "natural" pellets is then an easy step.

Other than when I was using the Harrison's mash, I've never mixed my birds' pellets and seed together. My birds have three separate dishes each with a different brand/flavor of pellets available to them 24/7. Their seed is rationed to approximately 2 teaspoons of seed per budgie each day. I give them seed first thing in the morning right after putting clean newspapers on the bottom grate of the cages. I sprinkle their morning ration on the paper so they can forage for the seeds. I then do the same thing in the evenings (after replacing the soiled newspaper with clean) and again allow them to forage for their seed.

All of my birds have the option to eat the available pellets whenever they like throughout the day and they all enjoy them!
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