Like cats and dogs, birds also make great pets. Taking care of them is important if you want them to survive long. And although the routine is different from taking care of cats and dogs, the essentials are the same – the diet, the environment, fresh food and water, safe toys, exercise, and lots of attention. In order to take care of birds properly, one must know how to do it right.
One of the most popular bird species that make great pets are budgies, which are also known as parakeets. When properly trained, they become extraordinary friendly and affection.
They are also easier to train and can perform a lot of tricks. To top all of this, they also have the ability to learn to talk by mimicking sounds.
If you’re thinking of getting a budgie for yourself, here are a few things you need to know.
Budgies live mainly on a diet of seeds, fresh fruits, and vegetables. If they are well cared for, they can live for as long as twelve to fourteen years.
Budgies are naturally flock birds, so if you want your pet to interact with you, it would be wise to keep only one bird per cage. The aim is to get the bird to see you as its “flock”.
When buying a budgie, you have two options. One is to buy one from a breeder or you can get one at a pet store. Budgies from breeders are usually more expensive but are also more used to human interaction. Pet store budgies are cheaper but it will also take more work for you to train them.
The most important thing to buy for your budgie is its cage. You need to get one that is large enough for the bird to move around freely. At minimum, the cage should be 14” long, 11” wide, and 12” high.
You need to consider the amount of free space since food dishes, perches, and toys take up a lot of space in the cage.
Taking care of pets always requires a lot of effort and attention. Birds do so as well. And although pets are unique from one another in their own way, it is important to learn how to live with them.