Caution is advised in case you have a dog or a cat at home. While cats are known to hunt birds, the movement of birds is likely to attract a dog’s attention. They shouldn’t be allowed in places where the bird is free.
How to Care for a Budgerigar
✦ The bars of the cage shouldn’t be wide. The spacing between the bars should be less than ½ inch. This is to ensure that the bird’s head doesn’t get caught between those bars.
✦ It is advisable to place several perches within the cage so that the bird gets some physical exercise. The perches can be of different sizes. It is advisable to use perches made of natural wood, with the diameter being at least 1.5 cm. Keep the perches at opposite ends of the cage so as to encourage the bird to fly from one perch to another.
✦ Don’t forget to place cuttlefish bone or mineral perch in the cage. Cuttlefish bone helps in preventing the beak or the nails of the bird from becoming overgrown.
✦ During winter, you could use a heating pad to warm up the bottom of the cage. Using a humidifier can help add moisture to the dry environment.
✦ Make sure that budgies always have access to clean water.
✦ Keep a cage liner or paper towel at the bottom of the cage, so that it is easier to clean it. You can also use a cage cover so that the bird sleeps peacefully at night.
✦ Keep the cage at a place that is out of reach of children and pets.
✦ Make sure that there are no gaps or holes in the cage or aviary that will allow the entry of mice or snakes.
✦ Pellets that are specially manufactured for budgies, or parakeets can be gradually introduced in their diet, by mixing them with seeds.
✦ Flavored seed sticks can also be given sometimes as treats.
✦ Make sure that you store seeds, pellets, etc., in an airtight container. Throw away all the leftover seeds or food as it can develop mold.
✦ Abnormal droppings
✦ Discharge (from the beak, nostrils, or eyes)
✦ Abnormal breathing
✦ Abnormal posture
✦ Fluffed-up appearance
✦ Abnormal feather growth
✦ Excessive plucking of feathers
✦ Abnormal changes in color of cere
✦ Change in routine activities.