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Hi, I'm new to budgies and planning on getting my first bird within the next couple of weeks. I have been reading different things to make sure I'm prepared and have some questions I can't find the answers to.

1. I know that seed should make up only part of the diet and the budgie should also consume pellets and vegetables. How can I ensure that the budgie eats more pellets than seed? If he has free reign in terms of what food he chooses to eat, he might eat too much seed. Should I restrict him and only put the seed inside the cage at certain times, or do budgies tend to regulate what they eat well enough?

2. I'm really itching to buy him but we're heading interstate in two weeks. I know it's probably best to get him when we come back but how do young budgies respond to long car trips? I would only have a week to start befriending him but I am planning to buy a hand-reared one which might help.

3. Leading on from the last question, is it easier to tame a hand-raised budgie? Is he more likely to not see me as a threat?

4. I'm wary about the perches designed to wear down nails after reading up about it. I have a ladder with seashell rungs and a short, thick perch with some sort of roughness on it. Should I take one or both of them back, or are they okay? I read that the natural wood perches wear the nails down well enough but I'm not sure how true this is.

Thank you for your help!

EDIT: One more question! I hear that once you're pretty close to your budgie, they enjoy sitting on your shoulder. Do they just poop on you? Do you put a paper towel on your shoulder first? Sorry for the nasty question!
 

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Hi and welcome :)

1. Budgies don't regulate themselves you have to work that out please read all sticky's in this link Diet and Nutrition - Talk Budgies Forums

2. Personally I would avoid taking budgie on long car trip you are thinking right to have him after trip

3. Hand raised baby is defiantly a big plus

4. Both perches are ok along with natural wood perch 1 or 2 decide according to the space and interior design you have in mind

5. Cant potty train a budgie and I don't know anyone who uses paper towel be prepared for this nasty situation normally rarely happens
 

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Hi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

If you get a hand-raised budgie it may have already been weaned to pellets as well as seed. If not, check the diet and nutrition section of the forum for good ways to help convert his diet.

This link will give you information on a good diet for your budgie.

I would recommend waiting until you come back from your road trip to get your new bird. When you first get him, he is going to need a couple of weeks to acclimate to his new home and routine and non-stop travel for an extended period of time would not be a good way to start off. Later once your budgie has become accustomed to you and his new way of life, you can then take him on road trips if you choose.

It is generally easier to tame a hand-raised budgie or a parent-raised budgie that has been handled daily from a young age than it is to tame a bird that has never experienced human interaction.

There is nothing wrong with using a Pedi-perch or sand perch in your budgie's cage. I have one in each of my cages along with natural wood perches of varying diameters, and calcium perches.

Grapevine Perch


Multi-branch Perch


Calcium/mineral "banana-split" perch


Comfy Clam Calcium Perch


Pedi-Perch


Sand Perch


Budgies poop. If they are sitting on you and need to poop they will.
If you are concerned about them pooping on your clothes, I'd get an old shirt and throw it on over what you are wearing.
I have clothes I wear at home that are "bird-clothes" and clothes I wear when I'm going out. That way I don't have to be concerned about whether or not I'm "wearing" poop. ;)
Although there are pet supply stores that sell capes for people to wear when playing with their birds,
I find that most true "bird-people" don't worry about a bit of budgie-poop .

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You'll find most of your basic questions are answered after you've read through all of them.

I'm looking forward to hearing all about your budgie when you get him and hopefully seeing pictures :photo: once he's home and all settled in. :D

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Welcome to TB and looking forward to seeing your new budgie. I still reread whole sections to refresh and get new -old-hits on frisky budgies, Enjoy! Jo Ann
 

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Hello and :welcome: to the forums!

I agree with all the advice that has been offered :) Please keep us posted and feel free to ask about anything you're unsure of as we're more than happy to help. Hope to see you around!

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Hello and welcome it is great to see you are researching and trying to have as much information to help you with your new budgie. Talk Budgies is a wealth of knowledge, and many here have vast knowledge across many area's. Please ask as many questions as you can, read the information as suggested and please don't forget to post some pictures of your little budgie soon.
 

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I hope all goes well! I would agree with everything everyone said. (I'm a newbie too)
 
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