Out of all the domesticated small birds most commonly kept as a family pets in the United States, the beautiful budgerigar is by far the cleverest and the most curious.
Whether you have entirely decided on a budgie, or else are still considering the different feathered options, then this article is definitely for you.
Continue reading to discover everything you have to know before getting a budgie.
Budgies Need Attention & Love
As with the majority of other birds and small animals such as rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs, it is far better for a budgie to be kept with a bonded mate than to live on its own.
The exception to this rule would be if you or your partner, or indeed anyone else in the home, spends the vast majority of the time at home, in which case, as long as you make a concerted effort to bond and communicate with them all the time, this is more than acceptable.
Budgies need stimulation and attention and most of all, need to be shown the level of care, affection, and love that you would a cat or a dog.
The Right Conditions
Presumably, you will be keeping your budgie’s cage in the room in which you and the rest of your family spend the most time, usually the living room, dining room or even the kitchen (providing it is warm enough).
Budgies originate from the hot and sunny climes of Australia and as such, need to be kept warm and dry, which is particularly important throughout the winter months. One of the best ways to ensure that your budgie, or any of your pets for that matter, is always warm and comfortable is to install a smart programmable thermostat which you can control when you are away from the house.
Fresh, Fresh, Fresh
Although it can seem as if a budgie does not eat much at all, they go through an incredible amount of seeds every day.
Moreover, you should be careful which brand of budgie seed you are choosing, as some cheaper brands tend to have more husks and dust than actual nutritious seeds. In addition to a fresh supply of seeds each day, your budgies will also need fresh water, from more than one bowl in the cage, every morning and also dried cuttlefish to help them look after their beak.
A Chirping Budgie Is a Happy Budgie
As a general rule and to be fair, there is never an exception to this, when your budgies are tweeting away, sometimes incredibly loudly for such little lungs, they are happy, contented, and fulfilled.
Conversely, a quiet budgie is likely to be lonely, depressed, or ill and needs to be taken to a bird-friendly vet immediately. Before you set your heart on bringing home a pair, or more, of budgies, be sure to remember that they make a lot of noise throughout the day and also tend to go to sleep when the room and the outside are dark.