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Housing for Budgies Discuss Cages, Cage Set-Ups and Aviaries

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Hi everyone
This is my first post and I'm looking for a bit of advice. I bought a budgie cage etc for my niece as a birthday gift. I had a budgie and cockateil years ago so have a rough idea what I'm doing and also did a quick bit of research online.

I got the cage on Wednesday and all the bits I'm just not sure about the feeding dishes. They are plastic and fit through the cage, I'm wondering if small stainless steel bowls sitting on the bottom of the cage would be better as the bird keeps going down to the floor and hasn't been near the dishes on the side. I just bought one toy and ladder and a swing came with the cage, is this enough for now? I also bought millet and a hanging fruit treat (the wee bird is eating those).

The bird is beautiful, she is 12 weeks old and very tame. I bought her from a breeder. When I went to collect her the breeder just placed her in my hand and she just sat there, have to say I fell in love a wee bit and the breeder said he will have more ready at the end of March (which is my birthday) so watch this space!!

Is there anything else I can do for the cage? My niece is 10 and loves birds, I just want to give her the bird tomorrow and she doesn't need to do or buy anything. Her parents were happy for me to buy the bird and her mum has been doing her research in preparation for the bird going home (in case anyone was wondering).
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Almost forgot, I covered the cage last night and the bird was terrified, should I still cover? Plus the cage came with 2 long perches, I bought a pedi perch so should I put that in as well as the two long ones? Sorry for so many questions!!
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Hi there!

In terms of the dishes, stainless steel is considered more hygienic than plastic. If the breeder had the dishes on the floor then it could be that the bird hasn't found them yet and a floor dish would be useful or maybe it is perhaps just preferring the 'treats' that you've added in there.

I personally don't cover my birds cage at night BUT they're in a separate room and not disturbed after dark and the temperature doesn't change much overnight.
It's recommended to cover the top & 3 sides of a new birds cage whilst they settle in. If you feel that the bird is settled and choose in the daytime, to push the cover back from the sides so that the cover is just held mainly between the wall and the back side of the cage, then just slowly easing it forwards and down at dusk, should be less dramatic than a big dark cloth suddenly sweeping over the cage in a lit room, if you get what I mean?!

Do you need to purchase anything else? It's a bit difficult to comment without seeing the cage (cuttlebone, mineral block, dish/clip for veggies, natural perches).

If I were you, (I'm not sure what internet access your niece has/is allowed) I think it would be a nice idea to copy & paste & print out a lot of the 'stickies' on this site and put into a file to make a little budgie care/information resource for her to read through. A budgie file to peruse would also be a good diversion, as for most 10 year olds receiving a new pet, I think the most difficult aspect for them is to let the pet have a bit of peace & quiet.

Im sure she'll be delighted!
Maybe see you back soon with your own little budgie.
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I agree with JRS. Here is the list of Stickies (and a Sticky that may be helpful for cage set-up):

https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...-stickies.html
https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...reat-cage.html
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If you post pictures of the cage, we'll be happy to provide our input.

Since many pet stores sell cages that are too small, please be prepared that we might advise you to purchase a larger cage, especially if your niece will not give the bird daily out-of-cage flight time.

It's wonderful the budgie is already tame. I'm sure your niece will enjoy it!
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It's lovely you've purchased the budgie from a breeder.
I would suggest that you recommend your niece's mother join the forum.
She and her daughter can learn together about all the best practices for ensuring the little budgie is given excellent care.

The minimum size cage I would recommend for one budgie is 30" long by 18" wide by 18" high.
The bigger the cage the better as long as the spacing between the bars is no more than 1/2".

bparakeets has provided you with the link https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...reat-cage.html
which will tell you everything the cage should have for the budgies' health and well-being. I personally use the stainless steel dishes with hooks in my birds' cages.

Cage Cup with Hook Holder

The perches I recommend are:

Grapevine Perch:


Multi-Branch Perch:


Calcium Perch:


Comfy Clam Perch


Pedi-Perch:


These are all safe for your budgies, help to exercise their feet and legs, assist in preventing bumblefoot and are favorites of all my birds.

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

I would cover the top, three sides of the cage and 1/3 of the way down the front of the cage at night.
Be sure you have a night-light in the room so the budgie can see to help prevent night frights.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...t-frights.html


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The wee budgie that you purchased for your niece will bring her years of fun. What a lucky girl she is to have such a thoughtful auntie. It's good that her mum is going to supervise the overall care of the bird as your niece is only young and most 10 year olds are not really mature enough to take full responsibility for the care of a pet. It is a great idea for her mum to join Talk Budgies as well, as it is a wonderful, informative forum.All the best for your niece and her new friend. She will be so excited.
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Thank you so much for all your help. I passed all the info to her mum and gave her this site details. The cage is big enough I think I will post a picture of it shortly. My niece has her budget now, she was delighted. Her mum and dad will definitely help with the care, I wouldn't have bought it if I didn't think they would have. The only problem now is that I don't half miss her. The breeder told me that he will have more ready the end of March and I'm seriously considering getting one. I keep looking at the space where she was in my living room. Watch this space!!
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Thank you so much for all your help. I passed all the info to her mum and gave her this site details. The cage is big enough I think I will post a picture of it shortly. My niece has her budget now, she was delighted. Her mum and dad will definitely help with the care, I wouldn't have bought it if I didn't think they would have. The only problem now is that I don't half miss her. The breeder told me that he will have more ready the end of March and I'm seriously considering getting one. I keep looking at the space where she was in my living room. Watch this space!!
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice in the posts above, which I'm sure will be of great help once more if you decide to get your own little sweetheart They are irresistible little cuties!

I'm glad that your niece enjoying her new birdie; Talk Budgies will be a great resource for them

Meanwhile, if you have any questions after reading though everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

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