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Hi everyone, I am here because i want to get a pet bird (budgie or cockatiel) and I have been watching so many videos and researching alot about these birds. I watched videos from youtubers such as AllenAxP and Salvador Budgie non stop all about the kind of cages they should be in, the diet, toys, taming, training, etc. i want to seriously commit to these creatures as they make wonderful pets and i love birds, and i want to make sure they live a long healthy life, but im having a problem at making a decision. Since im finishing highschool (im in my last few months), i am very well aware that at least half of my day will be at school and sometimes this extends to late evenings like a working day. I am also aware once i finish school i will start getting a job and going to college, hence my presence wont be around till evening and this is the worst case. Therefor i plan on getting a big cage (76cmx39cmx92cm) with alot of toys, and if i do get budgie i want to get a pair that is 6 months old. My only problem with this is that im scared they quarrel to death like how my lovebirds did a long time ago. Im also scared if i get a single budgie it will get very depressed and lonely throughout the day. Since cockatiels are very expensive here, i cannot get 2 cockatiels so i have the same concern. Can someone guide me on what to do? I also am well aware that they are messy pets that require maintainance and cleanliness and i really am more than ready to make this part of my routine, i just need to make sure i am committing properly to these creatures and that im not neglecting them. I highly appreciate any response to this post 馃槉
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This may sound harsh but one thing you must consider is whether or not you have access to an avian vet, if you do not I would suggest you do not have birds as a pet. If one should require medical treatment of any kind it really requires a vet that is experienced in treating birds, vets that do not have experience with birds are not equipped to treat them, treating a bird is far different from treating a cat or dog or other mammal. Since you are caring enough to give some forethought to things this is something you must take very seriously and consider what would you do if the bird became ill or had some type of accident, with no access to an avian vet. See if you can locate an avian vet before you commit to having birds.
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Hi, Welcome to Talk Budgies!

The purpose of this forum is to promote the BEST PRACTICES in the care of budgies for their optimal Health and Well-Being

Locating an Avian Veterinarian

There are many things to take into consideration before getting another bird.
Do you really want another pet

1. If you decide to get one bird initially and then another budgie in the future, please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.
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.

Quarantine your new bird!
Yes - Quarantine IS necessary

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.
If there are no Avian Vets in your area, then finding an Exotic Pet Veterinarian who has experience in dealing with small birds is the next best option.

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Differences and Dynamics in Flocks
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If the time comes when you decide to get your budgie a friend, I highly recommend considering getting a bird of the same gender from either a bird rescue organization or a shelter.
These budgies need a good, safe and loving forever home.


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Thanks for the comments everyone, theres a vet hospital nearby where i live and ive decided ill get 2 male budgies 馃槉
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Thanks for the comments everyone, theres a vet hospital nearby where i live and ive decided ill get 2 male budgies 馃槉
Do not assume that they treat birds, it is a specialty and not all vet do, please check it out first and do not assume just because they are vets that they are equipped for birds.
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Do not assume that they treat birds, it is a specialty and not all vet do, please check it out first and do not assume just because they are vets that they are equipped for birds.
I checked for all the reviews, and yes, they treat exotic pets (birds included) and they had alot of good reviews from bird owners 馃槄

Hmm? If u mean the budgies, i havent gotten them yet cause im still researching and making sure i can properly take care of them.

Btw guys since we are talking about budgie health, how often should i expect my budgies to get sick if i do get them? The ones that are in the pet store are like 2 months old but i will probably get them when they turn 3 months old since the cage takes a while to be shipped, so how often should i expect my budgies to get sick if i keep them in my room (they will freedly there only because i dont trust the living room or kitchen)
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They do not get ill with any sort of schedule, much depends on the care they are given. One of the biggest problems that leads to illness is malnutrition. It is not that the birds are not eating it is that what they are being fed is not providing a complete diet, for instance a seed only diet is not adequate and will leave the bird lacking in various vitamins and minerals thereby weakening the immune system and making the bird more vulnerable to illness. They also need exercise and mental stimulation, when these things are not provided the bird does not thrive. If you are not buying from a reputable breeder it is not uncommon for the bird to have some sort of problem when you get them if they have come from crowded bird mills that breed birds like a machine and sell to big box pet stores, they are sold too yound and have not had any positive human contact and no medical evaluation. It is best to plan on having the new birds seen by an avian vet soon after getting them to make sure they are not harboring any illness, most commonly respiratory or GI tract issues or mites, that could get worse without treatment. Birds are masters at hiding illness and will not look ill until they are so sick they can no longer hide it.
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They do not get ill with any sort of schedule, much depends on the care they are given. One of the biggest problems that leads to illness is malnutrition. It is not that the birds are not eating it is that what they are being fed is not providing a complete diet, for instance a seed only diet is not adequate and will leave the bird lacking in various vitamins and minerals thereby weakening the immune system and making the bird more vulnerable to illness. They also need exercise and mental stimulation, when these things are not provided the bird does not thrive. If you are not buying from a reputable breeder it is not uncommon for the bird to have some sort of problem when you get them if they have come from crowded bird mills that breed birds like a machine and sell to big box pet stores, they are sold too yound and have not had any positive human contact and no medical evaluation. It is best to plan on having the new birds seen by an avian vet soon after getting them to make sure they are not harboring any illness, most commonly respiratory or GI tract issues or mites, that could get worse without treatment. Birds are masters at hiding illness and will not look ill until they are so sick they can no longer hide it.
Okay then, this certain pet store treats its animals good here (at least way better than how american big chain pet stores treat their pets) so I wont worry much, but yes ill take them to the vet, and i will do my best on making sure they have a healthy diet and a fun life 馃檲
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It is best to get 2 birds of the same gender. If you cannot determine the gender of the birds you want, you can post a picture of the face of the birds taken without a flash and we can help you determine the gender.
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It is best to get 2 birds of the same gender. If you cannot determine the gender of the birds you want, you can post a picture of the face of the birds taken without a flash and we can help you determine the gender.
I decided not to get them, at least not now, because i think im unprepared for them, but thanks for all the helpful tips, in case i ever look for getting one, i already know what to do 馃槉
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