Here is what I wrote up recently when I left town for several days. I am still adding to it, but felt like it was a good start. You can copy it and edit as you like, then print it off for your friend. Have your friend read through the materials you provide and ask any questions before you leave.
• Cover her cage at night around 9pm and uncover it in the morning
• Change the paper in the tray in her cage
• Wash her food and water bowls
• Feed her about 1-2 tsp of her seed mix once a day
• Provide her with fresh pellets, about a tablespoon
• Change her water, giving her filtered water if possible
• Optional: offer fresh veggies – See safe veggie list
• Clean cage, including floors and perches, with a wet rag or scrubby. Vinegar can be used as well.
Fun Things to Do with Lemon Drop
• Talk to her – she may talk back in budgie!
• Read to her
• Take pictures and show them to her
• Feed her a small amount of millet from your hand
• Play music/sing for her – she may sing along!
Safe and Healthy Foods for Budgies
Asparagus, peeled beets, *broccoli, *carrots, corn, cucumber, *dark green lettuce (not iceberg), green beans, &kale, mustard greens, peas, &pepper, squash, &tomato, zucchini
*Lemon Drop has eaten this
&Lemon Drop has tried this but not eaten much
Budgie Safety – Common Dangers
• Extreme temperature changes
• Cold drafts
• Scented candles, aerosol sprays, perfumes, air fresheners
• Smoke of any kind
• Cleaning products – safe ones include vinegar, borax, Bon Ami, mild dish soap
• Teflon or non-stick cookware – even when cooked with in a different room
• Various foods (stick to the list above to be safe)
• Saliva from any animal, including humans
• Poisonous household plants
• Hot stoves and heaters
• Paint or nail polish (when wet or chewed)
• Water deeper than an inch
• Mirrors, open doors, windows
• Other household pets (even if they seem to get along!)
Note: There are many other dangers but most can be avoided by keeping Lemon Drop in her cage and only feeding her seed mix, pellets, and those veggies listed above after they have been thoroughly washed.
Signs a Budgie May be Sick
• Sneezing or runny nose
• Change in poop color or consistency
• Labored breathing
• Fluffed up at the bottom of the cage – this is a sign of a VERY sick bird who needs immediate care from an avian vet!
Interested in learning more about budgie care? Check out the online forum Talk Budgies at TalkBudgies.com Homepage
Hope that is helpful!