Originally Budgerigars are natives of Australia and fall under the category of Parakeet birds. These talkative birds with the colorful plumage and the curved beak are among the most popular pets in Europe, parts of USA, Middle-East & India.
As single birds, they make good companions and enjoy interacting with their owners.
So, if you’re planning to get this feathered friend then you should know how take a good care of them, so you can ensure their continued health and safety.
The Right Cage Equipment
The birdcage has to be big enough; otherwise, it is an enormous limitation on the movement of the birds. In order to keep them as small as possible and at the same time, allow the budgerigars at least short flights from branch to branch, the cage for an adult budgerigar should be at least 1 meter to 1.50 meters long, 80 cm wide and 80 cm high. Because budgerigars mainly fly horizontally, it is all about the length, and not the height, that is decisive. So-called “helicopter cages” or tower cages are just as inappropriate as round cages. The simpler the structure of the cage is, the better it is. The more varied the cage should, however, be well equipped inside.
From Cleaning to feeding
In addition to a balanced food diet and a species-appropriate attitude, the proper care and cleaning of the cage is an indispensable part of keeping birds as a pet. But how should you clean the birdcage properly? How often do you have to provide fresh drinking water and when do you have to change the bird sand? The following overview will help you to meet your “duties” as bird owner:
- Feed a minimum of two teaspoons of grain mixture per bird.
- Clean the water bowl.
- Remove old drinking water and provide fresh water.
- Replace bath water.
- Remove leftovers from withered green or fruit.
- 1-hour free flight.
Every Two to Three Days
- Offer fresh fruits, green fodder, herbs or vegetables (no cabbage).
- Renew bird sand.
Once a Week
- Clean the birdcage and floor pan (completely replace bird sand, wipe bars and bowl thoroughly).
- Clean food bowls, drinking vessel and toys.
- Fill in new bird sand.
Once a Month
- Thorough cage cleaning with disinfection of the entire cage accessories.
- Collect new branches and branches, wash them, dry them and replace them with old perches.
Apart from the above-mentioned tasks, you should also:
- Avoid placing perches directly over food or water to prevent contamination.
- Place the birdcage strategically. The birds should have access to natural light; however, the cage placement should avoid drafty areas.
- Keep the birdcage outside of your cat’s (if you have a pet cat too) reach. Similarly, if you have a dog that likes to chase birds, keep the birdcage out of his/her reach too.
- Give bird toys to your budgerigar to play with.
- Place a paper at the base of their cage & remember to replace it regularly.
Keeping the birdcage of your budgerigar clean will keep your bird happy and healthy, and that translates to good bird/family relations.