Hello, I still have yet to get my first budgie but in a couple of weeks here I'm going to start gathering supplies! Before I get anything, I wanted to check here first to see if I'm getting the right things.
I plan to go to my local parrot shop and a few big pet stores (petsmart, petco, etc) for most of the stuff I'm getting.
First off, the cage. I found this one https://www.amazon.com/Pawhut-30-Sma...d=76L4RG3T1EI0
on Amazon. It only has 3 reviews but they're all positive, and it seems like a pretty sweet cage for a really great price (more money for toys and perches!). It's 30.25"x20.5"x19.75", I believe. Bigger than the similar Prevue cage by two inches up and back. It comes up as 12,247 square inches, if I did the math correct.
Next, perches. I plan to get 3 natural branch perches, 1 concrete perch, 1 to 2 flat perches, 2 rope perches (HIGH quality. i'm getting two to replace the first when it frays), and 1 other "irregular" perch. I'll also be getting 1 wooden swing perch. I might get more once I'm there, but I want to get at least these ones.
I plan to keep whatever wooden or plastic dowels come with the cage just in case I need them for whatever reason (ease of handling, quick replacement, etc). Of course I will have TONS of different perches in there with them, so it's no problem.
TOYS! Of course I'm going to avoid toys with long loose strings, unsafe material and chains (and replace unsafe connectors with quick links). I want to get 3 foraging/preening toys, 3 shredding toys, 2 "intelligence" toys, 2 acrylic toys, and at least one toy with a nice bell. Again I might get more if I see any I really like. No mirrors!
Now, feeding/nutritional stuff. I'll be getting at least 4 stainless steel dishes, MAYBE a water bottle, a pack of cuttlebones and one or two mineral blocks, and of course spray millet and one or two different healthy treats. I'll only be feeding one teaspoon of seeds every other day and I'll have pellets and fresh water available 24/7. Fresh vegetables every day as well as a small amount of fresh fruits once or twice a week as a tasty treat.
Seed mix: https://www.amazon.com/Sensible-Seed...XC16GAB91YAW8N
Then I'll be getting this carrier https://www.amazon.com/Prevue-Pet-Pr...s=bird+carrier
and this playstand https://www.amazon.com/Prevue-Hendry...ords=playstand
for outside-of-cage fun.
I'll also be getting Poop-Off and Nature's Miracle cage cleaner, I already have a big thing of white vinegar that I use for my hamster.
That's it, I think! Sorry for the long post, I just wanted to make sure I was getting the very best supplies for my future budgie (or budgies
, if he or she gets lonely!). Any constructive criticism is welcome!