Preparing for your future feathered friend to come live with you can be a very overwhelming process. To make things easier I’ve made a list of necessities you need to buy and/or make before getting your budgie. It’s best to have everything well set up and prepared before getting your bird. This way your new friend can get settled in their new home right away. Constantly adding new things to their already new environment will cause unnecessary stress.
A suitable cage
Let’s start with the most obvious thing you need for your new budgie: a cage. But you don’t want to just get any cage. Make sure you know what the minimum measurements are for a suitable cage. Even if you plan on having them fly freely through your house, it’s still important to have a proper size cage. There will be days when you are not home and your budgie has to spend the entire day inside the cage.
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The right type of perches
There are so many types of perches in the pet store, which can make it confusing to pick the right ones. Most cages come with a set of either dowel, plastic or rubber covered perches. It’s best to replace these as soon as possible. The best option is to switch them out for natural wooden perches and rope perches. The dowel, plastic and rubber covered perches don’t offer the variety your budgie needs, which can over time cause arthritis. Another type of perch you should definitely avoid is sandpaper perches. According to their advertisement, they help trim your birds’ nails and beak. While this is true, they also have a nasty side effect. The rough surface of the sandpaper perches are very uncomfortable to your budgie’s feet and can cause cuts and infections or bumblefoot.
But how will my budgie trim their nails and beak then? By using natural wooden perches your bird will naturally trim down their nails due to the slightly rough surface. They might also chew on them which naturally trims their beak. To add some variety to their cage you can also add a rope perch. These are very soft and comfortable on their feet. Keep in mind that the natural wooden perches are the most important ones, and a rope perch should be a bonus. If you choose to get a rope perch make sure you get one that has no loose fringes at the ends. Budgies often try to preen them and can then accidentally ingest some which is very dangerous for them. Lastly, you can choose to add a platform perch. These small wooden platforms provide a nice place for your budgie to rest their feet because they don’t have to grab onto the wood while standing on it.
Food and water bowls
Although many cages come with a set of bowls for food and water, these are often made out of plastic. Plastic food and water bowls gather bacteria very fast. A better option would be stainless steel bowls. This is especially important for the water bowl since still water gathers bacteria even faster than the food bowl.
The right type of food
Most budgies will come to you on an all-seed diet. This is most used by pet stores and breeders because a seed mix is the cheapest option. However, to keep your budgie healthy and avoid obesity and fatty liver disease it is really important to convert them to a better diet. A healthier option would be a chop of different vegetables with a small number of seeds mixed in once a day and pellet food available in the cage at all times. Since you can’t force your budgie to switch their diet in just one day it is a good idea to ask the breeder or pet store what mix they feed their birds. This way you can use the food they’re used to to help convert to a healthier diet. If you want more information on the topic of converting your budgie to a healthy diet of vegetables and pellets, click the button down below.
As an addition to their main diet you will also need a special treat that you can use for taming and training. The most populair treat for budgies is spray millet.
A variety of toys
Your budgie will need 3 types of toys: foraging toys, chew toys and shredding toys to keep them mentally and physically fit. You can buy these kinds of toys in a pet store, online or you can even make them yourself! A general rule of thumb with toys is; if your bird does not try to destroy it, they don’t like it that much
A foraging toy is a type of toy that challenges your budgie mentally. It is meant to hide treats in so your birds can find forage for them.
A chew toy is meant to keep your budgie’s beak trimmed as well as train their beak muscles. Chew toys are mostly made out of softwoods that your bird can easily destroy with their beak.
And last but not least: a shredding toy is a toy that is usually made from paper-like materials that your bird can shred to pieces with their beak. Budgies experience a great amount of joy when shredding things.
Hopefully, this article has helped you set up an amazing home for your new feathered friend. Having a good setup can help prevent boredom as well as physical and mental problems in budgies, so make sure to provide the best setup you can. Good luck with your new buddy!