These guys are really called Budgies which is short for Budgerigar and Parakeets. The ones we are going to talk about in this journal are the American Budgies and English Budgies. These birds are really popular with most people. When people say "I had a bird when I was little" most of them had this bird.Things to ask yourself before you buy/adopt/rescue1. Can you afford more than one bird? ( most run 5 to 25 dollars each depending on where you buy it)
This doesn't always mean male and female, but you can even if you don't plan on breeding them (just don't just a nest in the cage). A lot of people just keep one for a pet. If you'd like a companion bird it is better to get one rather than 2 because the 2 you get will have nothing to do with you. Plus if you have one you might be surprised on if your new buddy picks up on how to talk. 2. Do you have access to an avian vet?
I would call many vet places before you purchase a bird to make sure you can take them to the vet when needed. This also includes an emergency vet as well.3. Can you spend at least over 20+ dollars a month on them?
This means food, minerals, cage bedding, toys, perches, ect. 4. Can you purchase the right cage for single bird or multiple birds?
They need room to flap their wings/fly in.5. Do you have someone that can take care of the birds when you go out of town?
Making sure you have a family member, neighbor, vet, whomever you use to take care of your finches while you are gone is important. They need to be fed and watered everyday. 6.Parakeets can be Long-term companions
Before purchasing, be aware that a single parakeet requires a long-term commitment of approximately 5 to 10 years.
Feed and Minerals
Millet: Closely related to wheat. They diet will have white millet or proso millet. It has 11% of protein. Spray millet is a great treat for weaning baby birds, ill birds, or even the most pickiest eaters. Most parakeet seed is this.
Canary grass seed: Its a grass seed that is named after canaries because they eat it. It is also good for parakeets. Its the majority of their diet.
Grit: Parakeets do not need grit. They haul out the seeds and it is not necessary to give them grit.
Cuttlebone and Oyster shells: Is very important. It gives the birds plenty of calcium.
You can get any seed mix and pellets at local pet stores or even chains like Petsmart and Petco. They can also eat the pellet food by Zupreem, and Kaytee ( there are some other brands). I personally like Zupreem better. They best diet for birds is a mix between pellets, seed, and fruits& veggies. Not just straight pellets or seeds. A hard boiled egg is good (shell and all); its a great source of protein.Click Here
for a list of safe fruits & veggies for birds.
Water should be changed out daily. Most birds tend to use the bathroom in their water, bathe in the water dishes, or even spill their seed in it. You also need to wipe out the bowl before you put fresh water in it because it will get a slimy feeling to it.
Housing and Accessories
The cage bar spacing should not be over 1/2" because they can get their head stuck or even fly out of it. The ideal cage size for at least two finches is 24 X 16 X 16. Accessories include: 2 bowls (one for food and water), maybe a small bowl for the grit, cuttlebone, nests (if you want), different type textured perches (for they less likely get arthritis in their feet), toys, and swings are just to name a few.
Check the bowls! Most hull their seed, so even though the food dish looks full its not. It is full of shells. So please feed your birds daily preferably in the morning. Empty and refill the water bowls. They need fresh water daily. Most birds will put food or poop in their water. If the small birds are water deprived more than 24 hours they will most likely die.