Budgie Care Sheet
This care sheet contains recommendations from our shop assistants.
Feeding Your Budgie
Provide good quality budgie food. Replace any uneaten food every day. Bird grit (which you can request in-store) helps to aid digestion. Budgies cannot chew their food, as they do not have teeth. Grit helps them grind their food in their stomach. Water should be always available. Clean it every day to keep water fresh and safe to drink. You can give your budgie small amounts of fruits and vegetables, make sure you wash them and cut them into small chunks but put them in a separate bowl from their usual food.
Suitable Fruit & Veg:
- Sweet potato
- Salad cress
- Grated Carrot
Introducing New Foods to Your Budgie’s Diet
Changing your budgie’s diet suddenly can give them an upset stomach. It is best to keep to the same food that they eat regularly but you can introduce new foods slowly over at least a week by mixing them up and slowly reducing their old food.
Keep your budgie fit and healthy by giving them a spacious aviary that they can fly around in. If your budgie is indoors, you can let them fly free from their cage. This is a great exercise for your bird. Make sure you only let them fly in a safe room and that you always supervise them. Close all windows and doors. Turn off any fans, ceiling fans, extractor fans, and paper shredders and keep other pets out of the room.
Make sure they do not nibble on things that could be poisonous to budgies, e.g., paint, curtain rings etc.
Signs and Symptoms to Look Out For
Birds tend to hide signs that they are ill for as long as they can. Look out for any changes in behaviour as these could be an early sign that your bird is not well. Sick budgies can go downhill very quickly so if you spot any of these symptoms get to your vet straight away:
- Watery droppings
- Fluffed up feathers
- Lack of energy/sleeping more than usual
- Loss of appetite
- Drinking much more or less than normal
- Unusual swellings
Some budgies can suffer from overgrown nails and cramping in their feet, often because they do not have the right perch/perch covers to help them wear down naturally. To help prevent this you can provide your budgie with different width perches.
Your vet can trim them for you, or you can purchase sanded perch covers to help keep their nails down. It is uncommon for budgies to have overgrown beaks. However, if their upper and lower beak does not meet properly the beak will not wear down properly and can make eating difficult. If your budgie’s beak appears to get too long, please contact your vets.
Keeping Your Budgie Clean and Healthy
Putting a birdbath in your budgies’ aviary/cage will help them keep their feathers in top condition. This is important for birds that live indoors because the heating systems in our homes can dry out the air. Budgies love to splash around in their bath. If yours is an indoor budgie, try an enclosed bath so they can splash to their heart’s content without making too much mess. You can also try spraying your budgie with lukewarm water from a mist dispenser.
Stopping Budgie Boredom
Budgies need toys and other objects to keep them busy and stop them from getting bored. Things like rope ladders and swing perches are ideal. Make sure these are zinc-free and safe for birds, as zinc can be toxic for budgies. Mix it up and give your budgie different toys each week. It will make playtime more interesting for them and give you a chance to properly clean their toys. Another toy you could use is a mirror. This is because the reflection gives them the comfort of another bird being there. However, some budgies can become antisocial with their owner due to friendship with other budgies. You may find that having one budgie would bring out the social benefits of a talking budgie, however, if they are on their own for long periods of time, stress can occur.
For any further information or advice please feel free to message us on Facebook or contact the store on 01902 494860.