Hello! I have just got myself two lovely 9 week old budgies. I grew up with my mother owning these birds when I was a child and I adored them, but have never owned them myself as an adult. I am used to owning reptiles and cats/dogs/horses, so having birds is something quite new to me! So I thought I would join this forum to make sure I am doing everything 100% correctly for them.
Here is a picture of them after just a couple of hours of being in their new home - swinging on their perch and chirping together. The flash was on by accident in the 2nd photo because I don't know how to work my phone camera! D:
They have also been fluttering around on the toys and eating (and throwing around) a lot of their seed food. I think this is a good sign! I have named them Aspen (the one with a yellow face) and Aster (the whiter one), as these are unisex names as their genders are unknown. If anyone can tell from these images what genders they are, please let me know
I know it's hard to see when they're young. I personally can't tell from the bumps above their noses yet. Fingers crossed for a same-sex pair!
I have a few questions just to make sure I'm doing everything right, if anyone could spare some time to answer, I would be hugely grateful! I am sure the information is on these forums somewhere but the amount of places to look is a little overwhelming and I can't quite figure out how to use this website, lol.
1) Grit. Is it needed? If so, where does it go? I have heard many mixed opinions on supplying budgies with grit. I bought some just in case, and the breeder said I should give them some in a bowl. I'm not too sure.
2) Toys/perches. How much is too much/too little for two birds? They currently have 6 different sized/thickness perches including a swing and 3 large hanging toys (one is a mirror with a bell, the other 2 are chewy-type things). I have plenty more toys at my disposal which I was going to use to swap out every week so that they have new things to play with often. But should they have more in their cage now?
3) If they turn out to be a male and a female, what is my best course of action? They are from the same clutch (sorry if this is incorrect - I'm used to reptile terms!) so they are siblings. Will they need to be separated if that is the case, to avoid breeding?
Many thanks for looking!