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Your Go-To Budgie Information Sheet

General Advice



It’s a very exciting time adding a new budgie to the family, at we want to make sure that we help you successfully introduce your new budgie to your home and make the experience as stress free as possible.

Before the big day, ideally before the budgie arrives, you want to set things up as they will be, so that they don’t come home to an environment that then changes again once they have started to settle in. Here is what we suggest to help make sure that your budgie settles in.

New Budgie Checklist

  • Correctly sized bird cage
  • Bird cage cover
  • Budgie food
  • Millet spray (bird treat)
  • Cuttlefish
  • Budgie treats
  • Bird cage tidy to catch any seed etc. that falls from the cage
  • Bird perches
  • Bird toys
  • Bird bath
  • Bird food and water dishes
  • Grit

Budgies make great pets, they are active, playful and intelligent birds. Budgies are also social birds so either require a cage mate or close human interaction on a daily basis to keep them stimulated and happy.

Feeding your Budgie

Your Budgie's diet should consist of high quality budgie seed and/or pellets. These seeds and pellets should make up approximately 65% of your Budgie’s diet. Fresh fruit, vegetables and treats should make up 25% of your Budgie’s diet and the remaining 10% can be made up with budgie treats.

Fresh food and water should always be available, if fruit and vegetables are not eaten within the day they should be removed and replaced with fresh fruit and vegetables the next day.

Your Budgie will also need a mineral block and cuttlefish, both of these provide the Budgie with all the calcium and other essential nutrients they need to stay healthy.

Housing your Budgie

The most important part of housing a Budgie is ensuring that you get the right sized bird cage, a good sized bird cage will be at least 50cm50cm50cm for one or two Budgie’s. Budgie’s prefer to fly or jump around the cage so a lower/flatter cage is better to go with. The gap between the wires should be no more than 1 cm wide, any wider and your Budgie may be able to escape or get its head caught between the wires.

Inside the cage you will need a variety of perches, with different textures, shapes and sizes to help to recreate the outdoor environment for the bird, so that the Budgie can stretch out its feet and also keep its claws trimmed on the different sizes and textures.

When choosing to position your bird cage, ensure that the cage is not in any drafts, direct sunlight for endless hours of the day and in a reasonably social part of the house as your Budgie will want to feel that they are part of the family. And finally make sure that the Budgie is kept out of the way of any cats and dogs.

Maintaining your bird cage

It’s important to clean the bird cage and bird perches in your bird cage regularly, this enables you to change the bird cage around, by moving the perches and also changing out the bird toys helps to reduce boredom as the cage keeps changing.

Ensure that the bird water and food bowls are changed and cleaned daily and located in a part of the bird cage where, stools and feathers are not likely to fall into them.

Make sure that you don’t use a lot of cleaning type chemicals around your budgie, and don’t spray fly spray around them.

Health and Wellbeing

By spending time with your budgie on a daily basis you will notice any changes. Basically a healthy Budgie is active, it eats regularly, stands on both feet, its feathers look nice (unless moulting at the time). They are clean around the vent (bottom) and are clean and free from stains and any sort of build up around the nostrils and eyes.

So if you notice any of these things changing, then it is time to get some advice from your local vet.

A lot of things can be toxic to birds like aerosols, cleaning products, and some indoor plants so make sure that you bird proof your home before letting the bird fly around.

The other major factor to protect your Budgie, is that while they are getting used to the layout of your house, make sure that you cover the windows and any big mirrors as the birds can’t see glass, pulling the curtains or blinds works for the windows, either tie a ribbon over the large mirrors or put paper onto the glass to show the bird that it is there.

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