10 Reasons why You need a Budgie?

10 Reasons why You need a Budgie?

1) Budgies require only the basics – food, water, and a safe cage – although they will appreciate new perches and toys from time to time!

2) While some owners say their budgies are too loud , many of them find them to be very comical and full of life at the same time!

3) While some people think budgies are messy and prone to throwing their food everywhere , you can easily train your bird to eat in a certain place.

4) They’re known as “pocket parrots” due to the fact that they enjoy riding on owners’ shoulders!

5) If you feel like getting a pet that’s as smart as they are pretty, then consider getting a parakeet ! Some owners even say they talk more than mynah birds !!!

6) These birds only live for an average of 10 years, which means they make ideal pets for those who don’t want to commit for too long.

7) They love socializing and will always be up for some fun and games with their owner or any other person around them!

8) Budgies are extremely friendly once they get to know you! They treat their owner as an equal and form strong bonds with them after time.

9) Calming down is crucial when it comes to taking care of a parakeet . They can easily become stressed out if they don’t have enough activities or the right toys in the cage. Just remember that just like humans, budgies need stimulation in order to keep their minds sharp!

10) Unlike most other pets, these birds actually enjoy being petted on the head frequently. Just make sure your bird isn’t molting during this period or else you’ll be left with lots of hair sticking all over your fingers!

It wasn’t until 1840 when bird breeders began developing different breeds of budgies which are now extremely popular for their color mutations. The green budgie originated in Great Britain, while Americans developed blue and yellow birds.

As expected, the popularity of these birds quickly spread around the world which eventually led them to reach other continents. Today, you can find various types of pet-quality budgies that come in an array of colors.

You can also find exhibition-grade budgies as well as those that are specially designed by breeders.

In Australia, which is one of their native lands, these birds have been used in the wild to control pests!

However, it’s very rare for a parrot to survive once released into the wild because of its inability to compete with local finches and other bird species. This is why this practice has been largely discontinued ever since more effective pest control measures were developed.

Budgie adoption step by step:

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A quick guide. Not so long ago, the budgie was a very popular pet bird in many countries of the world.

Now we can meet this beautiful bird more seldom than ever as people started to keep exotic and unusual birds as pets such as parrots, cockatoos or lovebirds instead of budgies which were known for their cheerful character and ability to mimic human speech . However there still are some people who stick with tradition and adopt new budgies from animal shelters.

Here is how you should do it:

STEP 1: Find an appropriate shelter.

Even if nowadays keeping a budgie at home isn’t quite trendy anymore, there are still plenty of them left in shelters.

You should make a habit of visiting a shelter at least once a week, and during the winter twice if possible. You don’t always need to take home a budgie – it is important for them that they feel you are there only to check up on them and give food, not to pet or play with them.

After every visit you should write down the date in your diary.

It will do no harm if sometimes you adopt 2 or 3 birds from one shelter, but then try to bring them back into the next shelter before you take another bird from there so as not to overload the facility too much.

It’s also very useful if you can contribute a little money for this purpose – even though it might seem like dollars are falling from your wallet, it can make all the difference.

You should also be able to tell the birds apart – they come in many different color, age and sex variations. If you have a hard time telling them apart after the first day of visiting the shelter, you should consider buying yourself a bird identification book, or at least make sure to learn their names before leaving for good.

STEP 2: Identify potential candidates

1)      General health – are they lethargic? are there any external parasites on them? are their feathers missing? do they look healthy?

2)    Attitude towards humans – most of the budgies quickly begin behaving submissively when approached people. You can identify these birds very easily by watching them carefully.

3)      Size – one of the most important factors to consider. Smaller budgies are easier to handle, can be trained faster and live much longer than their larger counterparts.

Of course the latter is especially important if you’re planning on keeping your bird for a long time. Adults that seem too small or too big could be difficult to care for, so it’s best not to take them home no matter how cute they are.

STEP 3: Refuse unwanted birds

Budgies come in many different personality types, but there are still things about their behavior that let you know what kind of bird you would have at home even before taking them out of the cage.  If you’re not sure about the bird’s behavior or you just don’t want to risk it, refuse it!

If a budgie hisses at you the moment it sees the door open and rushes to hide in its cage, chances are this is not going to be an easy ride.

Don’t get discouraged by this behavior though – if anything, some of the harder cases can turn out more rewarding than any other. Some people even develop long-term relationships with their difficult birds and consider them their best friends.

On the other hand there are some birds that stick their head out straight away, hang on your finger when offered and whistle happily. These birds usually adjust very quickly into new homes and get along well with everyone (even with cats and dogs).

For this reason, if you go visiting the shelter very often it can actually be best for your sanity to take home an easy bird every now and then.

If not, at least keep a record of birds that you would have liked to adopt but didn’t because they were already adopted or refused by everyone else. You never know when one of them might suddenly become available again.

STEP 4: Take them out of their cage!

The next step is to take the chosen budgie out of his cage and check him up for any abnormal behaviors or symptoms – sneezing, puffed feathers etc.

Also try to place him on your finger and let him get used to being held outside its cage before taking him home.

This way you can identify any possible behavioral problems right away. If the bird seems to be scared of its cage after taking him out, just put it back in there and try again next time.

If you feel that your chosen budgie is not interested in coming out of his cage or hiding inside it when approached, then this is a sign that something might be wrong with it – either physically or psychologically.

In such case avoid bringing this bird home! You will only end up having a miserable time with both you and the animal at hand – believe me, I speak from experience. In most cases these kind of birds do not change their behavior even if they are adopted – at best they live shorter lives than the rest of your flock because of stress-related illnesses, at worst they even starve themselves to death.

So unless you feel very confident about your ability to make a difference keep on searching for another bird until you find one that is able and willing to interact with people.

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