Choosing a Budgie or Parakeet

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Breeding

Budgies normally breed best in the spring and early summer and can be done by either of two methods: selective cage breeding or colony breeding. Selective cage breeding involves single cages with one pair per cage. A budgie nest box (available in many styles at pet stores) is attached to the cage. Make sure the boxes you purchase have a nest block – a piece of wood with a concave section carved out – where the hen can lay her eggs.

Colony breeding is best done in an aviary. Several pairs are put together and supplied with nest boxes and allowed to choose their own partners to breed.

The normal clutch is five eggs, which hatch in 18 days from the time the hen starts sitting. The hen incubates the eggs and handles most of the feeding chores.

Training

The budgie’s wings should be clipped so that he will not panic and fly away from you during the training sessions. When you first get your budgie you should spend some time each day holding him close to your chest and letting him wiggle out of one hand and crawl into another, this is a great beginning for building a trusting relationship. Your budgie breeder can help you with training tips. Budgies train quickly and can even be taught to do tricks and become talented talkers. One budgie of record was known to repeat over 100 words. Always remember to be patient with your bird and to go at his pace rather than your own.

Common Diseases and Disorders

Budgies are relatively healthy birds but are susceptible to the following:

  • Psittacosis
  • Salmonellosis and E. coli
  • Red mites
  • Feather mites
  • Ascaris worms
  • Capillariasis
  • Coccidiosis
  • Giardia
  • Scaly face mites (Cnemidocoptes)
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