Male or Female Budgies as Pets? - Petcha

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Budgies are actually small parrots, which most people mistake as parakeets. These birds are talking pets as they can be tamed and taught how to utter certain words. Their origin is Australia and their real names are Budgerigar, or just Budgie for short.
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The most important thing you will buy for your bird is its cage. Since this is where it will spend the bulk of its time, a cage must be large enough for the bird to move about freely; otherwise, the bird will be an unhappy creature. At minimum, the cage should be 14" long x 11" wide x 12" high. Remember, once food dishes, perches, and toys are added, the actual space in which your pet has to move about will be diminished. Please resist the "starter kits" some pet stores offer if the cage they include is smaller than the above dimensions. I know it will seem like a good deal at the time, but it will not be good for your bird in the end. If you can afford an even larger cage, then get it. Your bird will thank you. We as humans go through busy times when we cannot give our pets as much playtime as they want/need, so if the bird has a bigger play-space it will not mind some alone-time quite so much. Whatever size cage you buy, make sure the bars are no more than half an inch apart. This will prevent your budgie from getting its head caught between the bars. Also, try to find one with bars made from heavy wire, as the bars tend to bend easily on cages with thin bars. Finally, is best as it prevents rust from developing. Join the Budgies As Pets Newsletter and Get Instant Access to the Famous Email Mini-Course
Photo provided by FlickrBudgies are quite entertaining, not as cuddly though as say a cockatoo or lovebird. But nonetheless, they make great
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Budgies are excellent birds for novice bird owners. They are very sociable and friendly, and are easy to train and maintain. They are a good choice for a child’s first pet. They are usually gentle docile birds, not given to biting or aggressiveness. They are generally easy to care for pets; they are less expensive, cleaner and quieter than many of the other pet birds.They are active birds that like a cage that has lots of toys, a swing and perches. Their cage should be big enough for them to fly around and play in; it should be a minimum of 18 inches long, 18 inches wide and 20 inches tall for one bird. Cages with horizontal bars are best as they offer the bird the opportunity to climb up and down the cage and get exercise. Budgies are happiest when they can get out of their cage regularly and fly around. When allowing the bird out of his cage, owners should ensure all windows and doors are shut tight, ceiling fans are off and all container of liquid are shut, including the toilet bowl. Care should also be taken to ensure the budgie is safe from other pets; cats and some breeds of dogs pose a serious threat to a small bird. Care should also be taken around rambunctious toddlers who could hurt them accidentally.Budgies make charming delightful pets. They are playful and active, and if an owner takes the time to tame them, can be quite interactive and affectionate. They enjoy company, be it human or another budgie, and are best in pairs if their owner cannot offer them daily attention. Single budgies will get lonely if left alone too much. However, budgies kept alone tend to bond much closer to their owner than budgies kept in pairs, and solo budgies are much easier to teach to talk. Although budgies like company, not all budgies get along. Two males tend to get along better than two females. A male and female usually live together wonderfully, but will probably try to mate eventually.So you've decided you want a pet, and are thinking of getting a bird. You've researched some bird species that are kept as pets, and have, for now, settled on a budgie. Budgies are very popular as pets, and very easy for beginners. But there is still a lot that comes with being a responsible pet owner. You know that, that's why you're here. You want to find out if you are the right person for that little creature to spend its life with. There's also more to it than simply feeding it the right stuff, providing toys and keeping its cage clean.