Hello! So I am getting my budgie soon, and I wanted to be sure that all of my care is proper. So here are some key points.
I will try to get a male budgie, but gender does not matter to me.
Color also does not matter to me.
I will be getting an American budgie from an exotic pet store that breeds budgies responsibly in store.
The budgies are hand-tamed and SUPER friendly!
Caging and Accessories:
Ok so, I just got my new flight cage for my budgie I will be getting soon. It came with two clear plastic cups, and four large dowel perches.
A lot of people say that these cups are a breeding ground for bacteria, and you should get stainless steel bowls instead. I do plan on doing this, but I am not sure what size to get and if they will fit in the cage food doors. Also, how many should I get and how much do they usually cost (not that it matters). Is it okay to use plastic bowls until I can get my hands on stainless steel bowls?
I know that dowel perches are not very good for their feet, and I plan on buying lots of natural perches of varying sizes and such, but is it okay to have a dowel perch still in there? Of course the bird will have other perch options, but I was just wondering if I could do one dowel perch and a mixture, or just all natural perches.
I plan on getting a variety of many different toys, such as bells, swings, kabobs (and many chew toys), foragers, and more. I will definitely not get anything with mirrors.
So the current cage that I have is the Prevue Hendryx Flight Cage:
It looks pretty small in the picture but in real life it is quite large. I am like 5 foot 3 and the cage is up to my upper stomach. The cage has guillotine style doors inside of two large door-like doors. I will secure the guillos with carabiners or some sort of clips so the budgie can't hurt himself if he ever tries to escape.
So I am having trouble finding out how much and what to feed your budgie. So, I am thinking the bird will have a teaspoon or two pellets in the cage 24/7, and I will give him a teaspoon of seeds each day. I will of course give him fresh fruits and vegetables a few times a week or everyday, and egg or some sort of protein. I will have a cuttlebone or mineral block in the cage at all times. The bird will also have treats when training (as much as possible)
So for training, I will get a playstand or T-stand when doing out of the cage training. I might get a clicker (I still have to brush-up on that). I will always use positive reinforcement.
For my avian vet, I will be going to a specialty bird/parrot store that also does check-ups and more.
I will not get my bird's wings clipped. The bird will already have its wings clipped from the store, but I won't clip them in the future.
I will try to make a budgie first aid kit, and I will always have styptic powder on hand!
I will order a travel cage quite soon, or buy one from a shop.
I feel like I am missing a lot of things, so please tell me. I'm kind of in a rush for some reason XD so I probably missed a bunch...
I'm sorry for taking up some of your time!
/\ Could you show me your cage setups?