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I bought 2 Budgies yesterday and I am so excited! I never had one before so I am a little nervous. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Welcome to Talk Budgies!! I have lots of information for you which I will send when I’m back home and on my computer!
Your two little ones are so cute cuddled together. Please be sure to review the info that FaeryBee gives you. In looking at the picture one thing I would suggest is a larger cage and it appears that you have some type of loose material at the bottom, it is better to use plain paper, newsprint or paper towels as it is necessary to be able to clearly see and evaluate the droppings. What have you named them?
 

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Your two little ones are so cute cuddled together. Please be sure to review the info that FaeryBee gives you. In looking at the picture one thing I would suggest is a larger cage and it appears that you have some type of loose material at the bottom, it is better to use plain paper, newsprint or paper towels as it is necessary to be able to clearly see and evaluate the droppings. What have you named them?
Thank you for the advice. What are the dimensions of the cage I should have? As far as the loose material at the bottom I was told to get the stuff called So Phresh Paper Pellet Small Animal Litter. Will this stuff not work well?
 

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Hi there and welcome to the forums! :geek:

It's great to have you with us and your little ones are adorable. While you're here, it would be great if you could get familiarized with the many resources on the forums. We had a forum interface update recently and the staff are still trying to figure everything out so if replies are slow, please bear with us! We're glad to have you here and you've come to a great place to learn even more about the best practices for keeping budgies!

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You are very welcome! Please be aware that your budgies need a cage that is a minimum of 30" wide x 18" deep x 18" high and bigger is better!
Additionally, I recommend you remove the wooden dowel perch in the cage and replace it with natural wooden perches of varying diameters to help prevent pressure sores.

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The information in this link will give examples of better options for perches:

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Thank you for the advice. What are the dimensions of the cage I should have? As far as the loose material at the bottom I was told to get the stuff called So Phresh Paper Pellet Small Animal Litter. Will this stuff not work well?
Cage size 30"wx18"hx18"d at a minimum. The paper pellets you referred to are for animals like guinea pigs and rabbits that will be urinating in them and they will absorb the urine, this is not needed for birds as their droppings are not liquid, also the paper pellets contain baking soda and if the birds should chew on them it would not be good for them.
 

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You should cover the bottom grate of the cage with either white paper towel or blank newspaper which is called "newsprint" or "packing paper".
 

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You should cover the bottom grate of the cage with either white paper towel or blank newspaper which is called "newsprint" or "packing paper".
Alright I just bought a new cage. They will have PLENTY of room to fly around in it. I should have it by the 5th. The one I have now is 16.5" L X 11.8" W X 22" H. Also, I will stop using the paper pellets and use copy paper. I guess I won't be listening to the pet store ever again LOL Thank you so much for the advice!!

You should cover the bottom grate of the cage with either white paper towel or blank newspaper which is called "newsprint" or "packing paper".
Where can I find white packing paper? Sorry for so many questions.
 

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Glad to hear you've bought a new cage. What are the dimensions of it? Length x Width x Height?

I buy white packing paper (aka: newsprint) in a huge amount from Amazon Smile because I have multiple very large flight cages (F050s and F040s) You can do a search on their site for packing paper and you will find it in smaller quantities.

Here is the link to the actual paper I purchase: Amazon.com: ValueMailers VMKP24x36 Newsprint Paper 50 Lbs of 24" x 36" Packing Paper Bundles Moving Shipping Fill: Industrial & Scientific
 

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Glad to hear you've bought a new cage. What are the dimensions of it? Length x Width x Height?

I buy white packing paper (aka: newsprint) in a huge amount from Amazon Smile because I have multiple very large flight cages (F050s and F040s) You can do a search on their site for packing paper and you will find it in smaller quantities.

Here is the link to the actual paper I purchase: Amazon.com: ValueMailers VMKP24x36 Newsprint Paper 50 Lbs of 24" x 36" Packing Paper Bundles Moving Shipping Fill: Industrial & Scientific
For a smaller quantity try a UHAUL place, they sell it in small quantities, the sheets in this link are 24"x30" Packing Paper (200 Sheets) | U-Haul
 

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Hi there Jillian. Welcome! They are adorable. Browse through the threads here. You'll learn tons. I hope to see your progress. Keep us updated.
 
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