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

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Old 04-04-2020, 06:33 PM
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Hello yall, i'd like to share my new budgie setup.

So previously, my budgies were all in one cage. I was naive, and kept putting off buying a new cage, which i regret deeply. Since we've moved houses, my budgies had lived on the ground floor, where there was lots of noise from the door, kitchen, laundry machines, etc. I noticed that one of my budgies (Neeko), was starting to become more shy. She only has one foot, and the other two were bullying her. She had also started over preening/plucking her feathers. As soon as I noticed, I called a avian specialist, and they recommended I get a better living situation for my birds.

Right now I work a job that closed because of the quarantine, so i'm trying to get the best I can for my money. I used to work at a bird shop, where I was able to pick up a new cage for a good deal. Once I get my next paycheck, i will be able to get some better toys, and some healthier perches for my birds feet. Here's what I have so far.

So firstly, I wanted my birds to feel safe. I decided the best place for them to relocate would be my room, away from all noise. I read that budgies feel safer when they have their cage to a wall, so I gutted my closet to make room for them.



I was able to go to my old job and get this 100 dollar cage for 80, along with some chew toys for Neeko, and some millet.



Heres how the setup turned out.


The vet recommended I keep Neeko alone, so she ended up staying in the old cage. Someone recommend I get something bigger, so I will next paycheck. Right now she just started using her stump foot, so shes getting used to being more mobile. She seems happy in this cage for now. I also have some seed mash because she is really thin compared to the other birds. My old boss (bird shop owner) who had looked at her recommended i feed her some so she can get a little more nutrition. On the top right is a small speaker that plays some budgie noises for her so she doesn't get lonely, and it seems to be working well.



There is some millet next to some chew toys at the bottom of the cage. Im hoping she can find them and chew a bit on them to help reduce plucking. Since shes been alone with the speaker, I haven't seen any plucking behavior.



Here is Skye and Athena. They have lots of room. I didn't have enough to buy any new perches for their feet or toys, but they'll get some new ones
soon.




Feel free to drop any advice/knowledge that can improve their setup, I really wanna make sure my babies are happy!


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Take a look at the link below.

It should give you all the suggestions for improving their set-ups that you need.

Essentials for a Great Cage

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Thanks. I remember reading through this when I first got my birds. My birthdays coming up so ill be requesting perches from various family members, haha. Right now im just focused on getting some perches and some cuttlebone. On the biggest cage I already have a holder in place. Its one of the best cage guides ive read tbh.
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Hi there, good on you for following advice and doing everything in your power to make your birds lives the best they can be. Watch your birds very closely if your playing budgie sounds as often this can distress them because they’ll hear more budgies and not be able to find them. How does Neeko get around with only having one foot? Would she benefit from having a cage setup for a disabled bird? Maybe some platform perches. I would move her food and water up high, near where she sits a lot, that way you’ll know she can easily get to them easily. I would also provide a few more toys, like hanging toys. Shredding toys are a favourite. You can even make your own. I see natural perches have been mentioned so apart from that, I would just recommend a swing. Budgies usually love swings. Again, great job. I hope you’ll show us how it all looks when you’re all done.


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Old 04-05-2020, 09:59 AM
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Hello Blingy!
So yesterday I watched the reactions to the bird sounds. Neeko loved them, she just sat and chirped a bunch. I noticed after it went to the second video (each video was 3 hours on youtube) The bottom two (Skye/Athena) started looking for the other birds, so I stopped playing.

I think a good compromise is 3 hours a day + some open window time + playtime from me to keep them stress free. Neeko doesn't like to be fed millet at all, so i'm giving her some space to get comfy and im gonna try feeding her when she seems less scared/timid/confused. The other two get lots of time with me feeding them, and after a few more days in their new cage ill start bringing them out. Neekos gonna get time alone out the cage and also time with the other two outside the cage.

So I took a look at Neekos movement more closely. She uses her beak and dominant foot to climb up and down, but she also hops from branch to branch to move horizontally. When I get Neeko a new cage, i'lll focus on getting something with more hop room than vertical room. I rearranged her toys and took some out so she would have more space to hop, and I placed her waterbowl up top which made her very happy.

Heres the new setup.
There is one more toy behind the metal bowl, and on the bottom flow are some birb kabob pieces.



My mom agreed to send some chew toys for my Birthday (which is 2 weeks away). Neeko doesn't really like any bell toys, so im trying to get her something she will actually play with. My birds on the bottom dont play with their bells, so they will like the newer toys better too I think.

Edit: I also changed the bedding to paper instead of corn bedding!

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