Budgie Care

Guidelines on how to care for your budgie.

my farvorite budgie picture

bugdie in finger

two budgies

a yellow budgie

If you own a budgie, you'll want to make sure you give it all the care it needs to be happy and healthy and to live a long life (budgies can live up to 15 years if cared for properly!). Here are the essentials for caring for your budgie:

  • Excercise

    Budgies are active birds and they need exercise every day. They need to fly, they need to stretch their wings, they need to stretch their legs. If your budgie is in small cage, try to let him out each day to get a bit of exercise. Even if your budgie is in a larger cage, it's nice to let him out fairly often. Before you do though, be careful to secure the room: make sure all windows and doors are closed, watch out for fireplaces, make sure ceiling fans are turned off. Also watch out for large glass windows, as birds don't see them and may crash into them.

  • Entertainment

    Budgies are very smart and energetic, and so they love to be entertained. A few well-chosen toys placed in the cage will do the trick nicely. Be sure to choose toys that are safe, that your bird can't hurt himself on, or inadvertently swallow.

  • Companionship

    When in the wild, budgies live in large flocks and live very social lives. That is their natural state. So as a pet, in a cage, they will naturally want companionship as well. If you can, it is best to keep more than one budgie together - either keep a pair of budgies, or even more. This will satisfy their natural inclination to be social. If you can't keep more than one budgie, then you will have to provide their companionship youself!

  • Bathing

    Budgies need to clean themselves, of course. Give your budgie a pan of water about 6-8 inches across, with 1 inch of water in it. Keep the pan clean as your bird will drink from it, too. Remember to clean the pan regularly, as it will get messy.

  • Sleep

    Budgies sleep 12 - 14 hours a day. Best to keep it in a quiet place, and if necessary cover the cage with a sheet to relax your bird. Make sure that your budgie can see out, though, or it may become anxious.

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