Birds are ideal pets because they are easy to care and highly adaptable.
Their exotic appearance and lively songs give constant delight. Budgerigar is a relatively new cage bird. But it has become one of the best-loved species in cages and aviaries.
Budgerigar is a little Australian Parakeet. It measures approximately 8inches in length and weighs approximately one and half ounces. The Budgerigar is rich in colors. The first caged birds were green birds with yellow facial markings. They had black decorations on the wings and at the top of the head. There was a necklace of spots beneath the bill. The enormous range of colors available today like green, blue, yellow, white, violet and gray is the result and effect of scientific and selective breeding.
Budgies are hardy enough to survive out doors throughout the year. They are also equally happy as indoor pets caged individually. A Budgerigar is easy to feed and care. Budgerigars can provide great pleasure and friendship. It quickly becomes tame and can imitate many sounds. A glance at an adult budgie’s face tells its sex. In cock budgerigars the wattle, the area immediately above the upper bill, is bright blue, while in the female it is brown in color. A budgie’s average life span is eight years.
To house the budgie, a plywood or hardwood frame with a wire mesh would be ideal. If the cage is to be painted, use a non-toxic paint with a plastic, rather than a lead base. You can also use the decorative chromium wire cages sold in pet shops. Minimum size of the cage should be 18inches by 12inches. You can increase the measurement of the cage depending upon the space available in the location where you want to keep the bird. The bars of the cage should be horizontally spaced to help the bird to climb about his home. If the budgies are to be housed in a garden aviary you should allocate a square foot of floor area for three birds. Care should be taken to prevent budgies falling a prey to cats and dogs.
A nest box should be provided for each pair of birds to avoid fights during the breeding season. The budgie is both acrobat and clown. So they love toys. But don’t clutter the cage with toys. Toys should not have raw edges or broken parts which would harm the pets. The cage and the toys should be kept clean.
Perches of quarter to one inch width should be provided inside the cage. If using natural twigs, care should be taken to avoid branches that are poisonous to birds. Avoid placing food and water containers below the perches to prevent them from getting fouled.
The best staple diet for budgerigars is four parts canary seed, to three parts pannicum millet and one part white millet. You can also use the ready mixed budgie feed available in the pet shops. Green foods suitable for budgies are chickweed, dandelion, lettuce, watercress etc. Provide cuttlefish bones for them to clean their beaks.
Always observe and buy young, cheerful and healthy budgies. If you notice any signs of illness in your pet take him to a vet. Training a budgie entirely depends upon the owner’s interest. If you provide a mate with a nest box, your pet budgie will breed by itself. You have to provide him healthy conditions and food to make it happen. It’s a sight to watch when the young ones come out of the nest box.
Keeping a budgie as a pet bird is a hobby which cuts across all ages and social barriers. It adds to the décor of the house and makes the home lively by its alertness and chirps. The sight of it soothes when you are in low ebb and its vigilance is a constant reminder to be alive in all circumstances. Budgies are beautiful pets, pleasant to watch and need little maintenance. They make you admire the creation and the Creator.