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

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Old 09-22-2017, 08:01 AM
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Lightbulb Some advice for my budgies cage needed

Hi!

I have a decent sized cage for my budgie and I want to buy him some toys.
He has 2 perches, 1 swing (but I'll get him a better wooden one), 2 mirrors (one with a bell) and the usual food bowl and water silo. As I said I'll buy him a new swing, a ladder and something else (help me out here, what else should I buy)

I'd also buy him something like this: All Living ThingsŪ Bird Activity Center | bird Perches & Swings | PetSmart

I'd also like him to have some kind of shelter/house he can go in, something like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Natural-Coc.../dp/B06ZZH1WS5

All images are samples of what it should look like and not actual products I'll buy.

Thanks! ^-^


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Hi there

I'm so glad you're working on giving your budgie lots of new toys! As he is a single budgie, you should take out his mirrors. I know he probably likes them, but the problem with mirrors is that budgies tend to become obsessed with their reflection; they think it is another budgie and will become frustrated and depressed. Taking out his mirrors will also free up some space for even more interesting toys!

A new swing and ladder sounds great! Do you have natural wood perches for his cage? You should replace all dowel perches with natural wood perches of varying diameter for his feet to stay healthy.

The birdie play gym looks great, that's a good way for him to stay busy when he's out of the cage in the future.

However, he does NOT need any type of shelter to sleep in. Budgies only sleep in nests when they are brooding over their chicks, and even in males, having an enclosed space may trigger him to become hormonal and therefore more aggressive. Instead of the coconut house, another swing would be good! That way he has options to sleep

Here are some great ideas for toys that will keep your budgie busy!
https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...reat-cage.html

I hope this helps!
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Thanks for the advice, it'll help me when I go to the pet store today
I'll also remove the mirrors.
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You're very welcome! We look forward to seeing your little one's new cage setup when you arrange everything!
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Default Ladder placement and your opinion on mirrors

Hey!

I just bought new toys including a ladder, but I'm not sure where to place it :/
I've put it to go from the cage ground to one of his food bowls as I want him to use the cage ground too, and not just the upper part. Should I put it on his perch or outside?

Also, StarlingWings told me to remove the mirrors, which I did, but I just want to hear what other people think about mirrors

I couldn't find a playground for my budgie in the pet shop so I'll try to make one myself.
I'll buy wooden perches and other toys tomorrow.

He's still scared of all the new toys

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Is he happy with where the ladder is at the moment?
It's a split decision on mirrors for many people. But they do generally lead to issues...

Wooden play gyms are available online to purchase.
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Hi there

Mirror:
From my experience, I think especially with a sole bird, it is better to remove mirrors. I have a canary and when she had a mirror in the cage, she would sit beside it constantly. Was it a beautiful lie that she adored or was it a source of confused unrequited love? I'll never know, but I do know that once removed and time spent searching for it had passed, she was a lot more active, busy, singing little bird than before.

Ladder:
If you post a picture of your set up, then other members may be able to suggest different arrangements, though with anything new, I feel that you need to give at least a week for the bird to accept and explore the 'new thing' in the cage before deciding that it isn't going to be used there.

Playground:
Whilst those prebuilt playgrounds are a good base on which to begin, I personally feel that your own home made version could be better and perch wise healthier. Check out the sticky for safe woods first.
https://talkbudgies.com/do-yourself/3...d-budgies.html
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I've merged your two threads regarding your budgie's cage.
Please do not create multiple threads on the same topic.
Simply continue any additional discussion regarding his housing in this thread.

Mirrors are not recommended for use with budgies.
Budgies often become obsessed with their reflection.
This can lead to territorial and aggressive behavior.
Additionally, some budgies will begin regurgitating obsessively to the bird in the mirror which can lead to nutritional deficiencies and other health issues.
Some people have to remove all toys with reflective surfaces and even replace reflective food dishes.

There are many better budgie toys you can choose for your bird. Take a look at the suggestions in this link:

https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...reat-cage.html

Posting full sized pictures of your cage set up will help us to make recommendations on placement of your new ladder.

Placing new toys and perches outside the cage within eyesight of the bird for a few days, then hanging them on the outside the cage for a few days before introducing them into the cage will help the bird adjust to them more easily.

I have both playgrounds purchased from the store as well as those that are homemade, so my budgies use both.
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