I finally decided to sign up after lurking for some time.
I wasn't planning on having animals, but this summer I found a male budgie on the street (we live in a cold climat and it was evening, so I figured that I was saving him). He's very sociable, not afraid of people whatsoever, not even those he doesn't know. His name is Kolia.
A few days ago, I got him an adult female from a breeder who wanted to reduce his flock, thinking that it would make Kolia happy. We named her Dorotea.
Thanks for accepting me.
Hopefully, you have Dorotea in Quarantine right now. Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.
It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.
After the two budgies are introduced, you are going to need to do everything possible to prevent breeding.
Rearranging their cage frequently and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a day will help tremendously. Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.
When they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.
Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.
These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
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