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Old 01-18-2017, 04:19 AM
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Default Are budgies low maintenance pets?

Hey guys, I've owned budgies for many years and know that they definitely require a fair bit of work. It's just when people ask me if they are low maintenance pets, I'm not really sure how to respond. So what are your thoughts? Would you call budgies a low maintenance pet or medium maintenance pet? or perhaps high maintenance? I guess I'm just used to having budgies and so caring for them is just part of my routine now.

I would love to know what you guys think

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I guess it all depends on the owners lifestyle/routine, what level of tameness they would be happy with and what size flightcage they can accommodate.

I've previously had goldfish, hamsters, rabbit and dog.
I now have 1 canary and 2 budgies and IMO I find that my 2 budgies take a similar amount of time as a dog. Walk time was a bit less than supervised out of cage time, but during out of cage time, I can still be doing other things (checking emails, online grocery shopping, watching TV, checking in on this site Etc.)

Not many pets are low maintenance if cared for properly. If a person likes birds and wants a lowER maintenance pet, I'd steer them more towards finches/canaries and large flight cages.
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When given the care it deserves following best practices, then a budgie can not be considered a "low maintenance pet" by stretch.

It's disconcerting when one recognizes how many people go out and buy a bird before doing any research whatsoever on the species, the necessity of the proper cage size, bar spacing in the cage, budgie diet, health concerns, Avian Vet care, etc. Then, of course, there are those misguided individuals that believe a budgie should behave as they wish it to rather than learning the birds' behaviors, working to understand their body language and accepting them for what they are.

The first consideration any prospective budgie owner would need to consider would be the necessary changes in their lifestyle.

Those of us who know, own and love budgies recognize the many dangers to them, but those with no experience are often unaware.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...watch-out.html

People who want "low maintenance" generally aren't considering the necessity proper health care for the animal nor the of cost of Avian veterinary medicine. Many don't bother to even find a good Avian Vet until it's too late.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...expensive.html

https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...e-expense.html

Too many people think they can buy a bird, stick it into a cage and give it some food and water and talk to it once in a while when they walk by. Others are enamored with the misconception they can simply put a "pair" of birds in the cage, give them a nest box and watch them raise babies!

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...ur-budgie.html

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-new-old.html
I clean my budgie's cages on a daily basis

The newspapers on the bottom grate of the cages are changed twice daily

The birds are given their seed in two rations - morning and evening and have two or three different types of pellets available 24/7

Fresh water is provided at least twice a day and more often if the water becomes soiled

Preparation of fresh vegetables, egg food, Apple Cider Vinegar and supplements are provided according to schedule

The birds are given several hours of out of cage time dail.

The floors around the cages are vacuumed a minimum of once a day and usually twice

Playgrounds and toys are rotated as appropriate

Each budgie is carefully observed to ensure behavior and health is normal
Then, of course, there's the fun part of interaction, observation and simply enjoying them for who and what they are!!

If asked the question of whether or not budgies are "low maintenance" I would suggest the person asking read the following:

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-buyi...questions.html

https://talkbudgies.com/other-pets/50...other-pet.html


In my opinion, any person who truly wants a "low maintenance" pet doesn't really want the responsibility of caring for an animal or following best practices.

Those people would be better off recognizing they would be better off having a pretend pet (Pretty Polly) or perhaps a stuffed animal instead.
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Budgies are not low-maintenance but some owners treat them that way due to ignorance.

I'd say they're higher maintenance than a dog or cat because one has to conduct research to learn how to care for them properly (e.g., join these forums). Pet store personnel don't know much about them and sell too-small cages. In addition, it's harder to find an avian vet than a dog and cat vet; avian medicine is more specialized.

However, they're lower maintenance than a dog because you don't have to walk them for exercise; you just open the cage door. And their poop is easier to clean up than dog and cat poop.

They can also entertain themselves, especially if you have multiple budgies, as I do.

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Thank you very much for all your replies. I never really like to say that any animal is low maintenance because that implies that you don't have to put any work into caring for it. I think from now on when people ask I will tell them that budgies are moderate to high maintenance animals, depending on the set up, level of tameness, and number of budgies. It was really interesting to see what everyone thought
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When given the care it deserves following best practices, then a budgie can not be considered a "low maintenance pet" by stretch.

It's disconcerting when one recognizes how many people go out and buy a bird before doing any research whatsoever on the species, the necessity of the proper cage size, bar spacing in the cage, budgie diet, health concerns, Avian Vet care, etc. Then, of course, there are those misguided individuals that believe a budgie should behave as they wish it to rather than learning the birds' behaviors, working to understand their body language and accepting them for what they are.

The first consideration any prospective budgie owner would need to consider would be the necessary changes in their lifestyle.

Those of us who know, own and love budgies recognize the many dangers to them, but those with no experience are often unaware.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...watch-out.html

People who want "low maintenance" generally aren't considering the necessity proper health care for the animal nor the of cost of Avian veterinary medicine. Many don't bother to even find a good Avian Vet until it's too late.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...expensive.html

https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...e-expense.html

Too many people think they can buy a bird, stick it into a cage and give it some food and water and talk to it once in a while when they walk by. Others are enamored with the misconception they can simply put a "pair" of birds in the cage, give them a nest box and watch them raise babies!

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...ur-budgie.html

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-new-old.html
I clean my budgie's cages on a daily basis

The newspapers on the bottom grate of the cages are changed twice daily

The birds are given their seed in two rations - morning and evening and have two or three different types of pellets available 24/7

Fresh water is provided at least twice a day and more often if the water becomes soiled

Preparation of fresh vegetables, egg food, Apple Cider Vinegar and supplements are provided according to schedule

The birds are given several hours of out of cage time dail.

The floors around the cages are vacuumed a minimum of once a day and usually twice

Playgrounds and toys are rotated as appropriate

Each budgie is carefully observed to ensure behavior and health is normal
Then, of course, there's the fun part of interaction, observation and simply enjoying them for who and what they are!!

If asked the question of whether or not budgies are "low maintenance" I would suggest the person asking read the following:

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-buyi...questions.html

https://talkbudgies.com/other-pets/50...other-pet.html


In my opinion, any person who truly wants a "low maintenance" pet doesn't really want the responsibility of caring for an animal or following best practices.

Those people would be better off recognizing they would be better off having a pretend pet (Pretty Polly) or perhaps a stuffed animal instead.
I love the links you provided and honestly could not agree more. Unfortunately there are still so many people out there who get birds without doing proper research and understanding the reality of owning a bird.

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