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Old 09-05-2016, 08:24 PM
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I went to a bird fair on Saturday. I was going for supplies and to look at canaries and gouldian finches. I was shocked to find an English budgie breeder there that shows his birds. I decided to go ahead and purchase a pair since they looked in good condition. (I did also end up getting two female canaries, but that is another post. )

I went with a dominant pied light green hen and a sky blue normal cock. I would have preferred another cock (another light green that the breeder recommended) but my husband wanted a blue male to contrast with the hen.

These guys were raised in an outdoor aviary and are not used to handling. Both are around a year old. I have already treated them with scatt and given them probiotics and water with nv powder. They look good so far, but are not as active as I would like. The breeder warned me that budgies are not as active as the normal parakeets, so we'll see how they do once they settle in. He did a slight clip on their wings for me just in case they escaped while I was mediating them or doing cage maintenance.

Here are some pics. Most of these were taken with flash btw.







I purchased a bag of seed mix from the breeder and they are eating that, along with millet. I have offered them shredded veggies, but they haven't tried them yet. I am going to try again tomorrow and crumble spray millet and seed over the veggies to tempt them.

Once I get the rest of my cage supplies in (coming tomorrow) I'll take a pic of the cage setup for you guys to see. I'd welcome any suggestions to help these guys be more active.

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Old 09-05-2016, 08:28 PM
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What beauties! Congrats!
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Nice find. They are cute ones.
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Your two new English Budgies are very pretty.
Since they've been in an outdoor aviary for several months, they may not be used to playing with toys
Once they are settled in, you can try showing them the toys and play with them yourself to see if you can get them curious enough to explore them.

Some English budgies are extremely active while others are more laid-back. All seven of my boys play, chatter and fly about most of the time. (They have hours of out of cage time daily.)

I ended up separating the two girls and they are living upstairs while the boys live downstairs.
The two females are much less active than the males. They prefer being in their cage rather than out of it and really don't play much although they did love shredding their grass and spinach seed ring.
They also love playing in the knotgrass when they are eating it and sometimes decide to take all their pellets out of the dish and either drop them on the floor of the cage or push them out of the cage between the bars.
I've only seen either of them play with any of their other toys (except their swings, of course) just once or twice each.
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Thanks!
Faerybee- They both seem pretty inactive at present... The male has attempted to fly to his swing, but seems so uncoordinated (or not used to hitting a target that moves) that it didn't end in success for him lol. I am going to put a second swing in and another couple perches and play with the layout to encourage them to fly more between the perches.

They don't come to the bottom of the cage much. I've seen the male down there once eating some seed, but other than that, they stay on their main perch most of the time.

I will update you guys as they make progress.. I have a rolly ball with a bell in it coming and some willow balls, so maybe those will interest them.
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Congratulations on your new cuties! They are precious and you're doing great with them so far I would let them settle in for a few weeks before concluding if they're more laid back or more active; the stress of a new home can skew that.

Keep us posted on their progress!
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Congratulations on your new budgies! They make quite a lovely pair and I'm wishing you the best of luck with them!

I will be waiting for your thread about your new canaries over at the Other Birds section.
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They are a really lovely pair. Congratulations. Xx
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Excellent advice above. Most green English , here in the US are breed split for blue. So if you breed some day you can expect any color in the budgie color rainbow.

Enjoy!!!! Jo Ann




P S Older budgies do slowdown but respond well if you play with them. J A
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Thanks everyone! I've seen the female use their swing this morning so they are improving little by little.

aluz- I was going to post a thread, but didn't see an "other birds" sub forum. I will have to look again and post.

Jo Ann- The interesting thing is that the breeder I purchased them from showed me some greens that were split to blue. He said that you can tell by their tail feathers (how much blue is visible). This female doesn't have much / any blue showing in her tail, so I'm not sure if that means that she doesn't carry it or not.

I am already thinking about the next pair I'd like to purchase and I'm probably going to go with a dark or light green opeline (or splangle / opeline) and a cobalt blue yellow face opeline... So many possibilities lol.
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