Budgies, also known as" Parakeets" are sweet, social, active little birds. There are two
types of Budgies, the American Budgie and the English Budgie. The English refers to a
budgie that is larger in size and was bred for show quality. American budgies are more
common and seen in the pet industry. They both make excellent companion birds.
Along with the popular blue and green parakeet, there are a variety of other fun color
mutations available today. Some of these but not limited to are lutino, albino, fallows,
pied, and pastels. Budgies are recommended for those starting with a first bird and for
those that have the desire and passion to own a smaller bird.
Budgies have a great talent to sing and chatter. Many are able to learn several words
and phrases. They are easy to tame and can be trained to perch on the finger quickly. All
that is required to accomplish this is patience, consistency (taking the bird out of the
cage daily), and lots of unconditional love.
Budgies love their toys and will entertain themselves and the family. To enrich your
parakeets daily play it is good to supply them with several good, safe toys that are
different in color and texture. As with all parrots, clean and rotate the toys often (every 2
weeks) to prevent boredom. Always remove any broken or soiled toys immediately.
Budgies originate from Australia's mainland. In the wild, Budgies are green with black
markings. The colors available today are the result of captivity.
Proper parakeet care and diet is very important. In the wild, budgies eat greens and
fresh seed. In captivity, they should be given a balanced diet of fresh fruits and
vegetables, a high quality seed mixture that contains many different small seed
elements, and commercial parakeets pellets. Cuttlebones are very beneficial and will
provide the additional calcium for the budgie diet. Replenishing clean drinking water
daily and any time water has been contaminated is a necessary step to maintaining a
Millet Spray is a favorite among the smaller birds. Using a fun millet holder will provide
your budgie with enrichment at getting to the treat. Check out the fresh foods you should
be feeding your parrot on our fresh food list
With the proper diet, environment, and mate, budgies can easily be successful at
producing offspring. Sexual maturity for budgies is at one year of age. It is fairly easy to
determine the age of the bird by looking at the crest or forehead. An adult parakeet will
have a solid color forehead, followed by the traditional black stripes, babies are born
with several black stripes at the beginning of the head moving back.
The sex of the bird can usually be determined by looking at a mature adult budgie's
"cere" or nostril tissue. Females will have a brown or cream color and a male will have a
blue cere. Some mutations such as the lutino and albino may not be able to be
accurately determined because of the lack of pigment.
Once the breeding environment is established with a suitable mate, cage, and nest box,
the female will lay two to six eggs. The female parakeet will lay one every other day.
Incubation is for 18 days. The hatchlings will be ready to leave the nest if parent-fed
between 5 to 7 weeks old. Breeding season is typically from fall to winter but breeding
can occur anytime of the year
Parakeets can be pulled to be handfed by their human caretaker but it is recommended
to leave them in the nest box to be weaned by parents. It is more challenging and time
consuming when hand-feeding budgie chicks because of the size and sometimes
difficult feeding response. In our experience with handfeeding parakeet chicks, they have
done very well with handfeeding. In fact, they are crazy little birds that beg and have
vigorous feeding responses. Only the very experienced hand feeder should take on this
Budgies as pets are the most popular, well-known first bird to own in America and
around the world. They are a small bird in a big package with a playful personality and
are available at a reasonably low cost. Budgies like to be around the family so it is best
to place the bird cage in an area free of drafts and where the family spends the most
time, usually the living or dining room.
All parrots will naturally flick food out of their food bowl. In the wild, parrots are very neat
and rid unwanted food out of the nest as to keep it clean. Unfortunately for us humans, it
leaves a big mess to clean up. There are a variety of items now available to help
manage seed from falling to the floor such as cage guards and skirts.
When choosing a cage, we highly recommend purchasing an acrylic cage for your bird to
be housed in. These cages provide a practical solution to birdie messes and add beauty
to your home. Budgies are a great choice for a family who has the love for a parrot but
has to work with a small budget.
|Fun Feathered Fact
The word "Parakeet"
means a small parrot
with a long tail.
|One week old Budgie
|Two week old Budgie
|Four week old Budgie
|Female American Budgie
|Male American Budgie
|Four days old parakeet
Two days old parakeet
Just born parakeet
|The baby parakeets are 4
weeks old now! The baby
budgies are eating millet,
parakeet pellets, fruits and
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