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Old 01-17-2017, 01:44 PM
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My baby boy Echo sadly died yesterday, he was far to young but I've found some comfort in knowing that he died a happy bird.

I'm still sad about Echo but feel the need to fill the hole his passing has caused in my life. My mum found someone who has baby budgies that have only recently left the nesting box, they told her they should be ready for new homes in a weeks time. They'll be much younger than Echo was when I first bought him so I'd like some advice.

I'm planning on getting two so they can keep each other company, Echo was a solo bird, will I have to spend more time with them?

Since they'll be much younger than what I'm use to so I was wondering, do younger budgies have any different dietary requirements?

And, final question, will it be safe to use Echo's old cage? after some serious cleaning.

I'm happy if I just get links to push me in the right direction, I'm just a little lost at the moment.

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Old 01-17-2017, 02:05 PM
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While I understand your wish to have a new budgie friend or two, it may be a bit too soon for you to welcome one or more budgies.
Will this be your first time in owning more than one budgie?
Given the fact you are currently mourning, getting two budgies so soon may prove too overwhelming.
How old are these budgies? If they are very recently weaned, there is the chance that they could revert in the weaning and that would be problematic for you.
A fully weaned and independent budgie can eat the same foods as an adult budgie. Their diets can be supplemented with egg food to give the young budgies a good start.
Echo's cage as well as all accessories (perches, food/water containers, etc) and toys should be thoroughly washed and disinfected just in case.
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Thank you aluz

My dad has experience with baby bird pairs so he's going to help me with the new budgies as much as he can. I'm going to find out all I can about the budgies when I meet them, till then all I know is that they've left the nest box and should be ready for a new home in a weeks time. I'll invest in some egg food, I think my local pet-shop sells it.
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The babies should be fully weaned and have been eating on their own for a minimum of two weeks before you bring them home.
Generally, it is best to wait until the chicks are 8 weeks old before removing them from their Dad/siblings. Having that time with the parent and siblings gives the babies time to "learn to be budgies" and gets them far enough along in eating on their own that they are not as likely to regress.

How large is Echo's cage? The very minimum size cage for two budgies would be 30" wide x 18" long x 18" high.
Bigger is always better as long as the spacing between the bars is no more than 1/2".

Is the pair you are getting a mixed gender pair or are they both the same gender?

Do you know what foods the breeder is weaning the budgies to?

Hopefully, in addition to a high quality seed mix, the person will be giving them egg food and a variety of budgie safe vegetables.

Use pure white vinegar when cleaning the cage, perches, toys, dishes, etc. If possible, let the cage air dry in the sun.

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I think the cage is 32 inch high, 25 inch long and 20 inch wide. It's the largest cage I could get that doesn't have the bars to far apart, but I'll probably upgrade if I find a larger cage that I can afford.
I'm planning on getting a pair of the same gender, but the budgies are very young so I've been told it'll be a "guesstimation" by the breeder.
I'm going to ask about food when I meet the breeder. I'm planning on getting seed, pellets, egg food, and whatever fresh foods the breeder has fed them.
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That's a good size cage for your babies!

By the time that the budgies are weaned, it should be very easy to tell the gender! Males will have pink ceres with no hint of white, whereas females will have whitish or pale blue ceres.

If you are able to get a good look at the little ones before bringing them home, you should be able to tell if they are male or female
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