Hi there! New member to the forums. I specifically signed up to ask for suggestions regarding relocating with my budgie.
My family and I will be moving out of the city into the countryside in a few months in order to start a hobby farm on some acreage. My wife and I will be sharing land with my parents and sister, but at least initially we may need to share a house with them until we can build our own place.
What does this have to do with budgies? Currently my wife are renting our own place. Seeing as my wife is usually home, our budgie, Zappa, who is around 5 years old, gets a lot of time out of his cage. He enjoys his cage and his toys within, but also enjoys his freedom and being able to pop out and spend time with his flock (my wife and I). Obviously the areas he can fly in are budgie safe.
So the issue we're facing with our move is to do with lack of space. My sister has a phobia of fluttery things and Zappa terrifies her. Plus, with people walking in and out of the house we would only be able confine Zappa to one room. We've done this before, but considering he's used to being able to fly within a couple of rooms nowadays, and fairly large ones, he'll be downsizing a bit. I'm not sure what sort of quality of life impact this might have.
Our other option is to get an aviary. The issue here is that we only have one budgie. We've had a couple of others in the past and lost them, so have decided not to get any more. It's just been too heartbreaking for us. Besides, we'll have enough work on our hands trying to plan/start/run a hobby farm, let alone oversee a flock of budgies. So I don't want to stick Zappa in an aviary on his own, away from his us, if it's going to make him unhappy.
I guess what I'm after is some insight from anyone who may have done something similar, or whoever might have some insight. I think the only real option is to keep Zappa in our bedroom until we can build our own place. He won't have the open space, and it will take him a while to adjust, but he'll still be healthy and will still get exercise etc. But I want to see if anybody has any other ideas.
Are budgie flaps a thing? Kind of like a cat flap/doggy door? I've been dreaming up a setup wherein Zappa has an aviary next to the house which is connected via a short tunnel/chute into our bedroom. That way he can come and see us when he likes, but we can close down the tunnel/chute at night or whenever and he still has space to move around etc. Maybe not practical.
I know some people keep quails on the floor of their aviaries. Do these provide budgies with much company or do they not really mix?
I'm glad you are taking the time to do some research about what will be best for little Zappa prior to making your move.
Zappa will be better off kept in your bedroom away from the other members of the home while you are living with your parents and sister. I would suggest you put a sign on the door whenever Zappa is having out-of-cage time so there is no danger that your parents or sister will open the door and Zappa will have the opportunity to escape.
I would not suggest putting him in an outdoor aviary for many reasons. He is used to living in your home and is actually much safer there than he would ever be in an outdoor aviary due to predators, weather conditions, etc. When people keep quail on the floor of a budgie aviary, the quail and budgies do not interact. I also don't believe the idea of a "budgie-flap" or "chute" is a good option.
Zappa will take a bit of time to adjust but budgies are very adaptable and he will become used to having less flying space.
Please be sure you and your wife are able to spend a couple of hours of quality time with him each and every day.
When you are not with him, make sure to play music for him or the TV so he doesn't feel so alone.
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I agree with every thing that Faerybee has advised.
I haven't been in a situation like this but i know that with time budgies adjust to changes. Keep a routine with Zappa as best you can. if your wife feels obliged to spend more time with the rest of the family when you make the move, if she can set aside a certain time daily to spend with him that's consistent, that will also help in the adjustment. The room size will be fine.
Having kept budgies and Japanese quail in a small indoor flight/aviary, I can confirm that the budgies tend to ignore the quail. There was one instance however, a meme over the internet, where a budgie learned to ride a quail like a horse and would even direct it to where he wanted to go. Quite comical.
Alas, most budgies aren't like that. As the others have already stated, your room should suffice as long as there's a lot of out-of-cage time and some music to sooth your fid's possible loneliness. Good luck to you!
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