1 - BUDGIE BASICS
Huge personality, tiny body, tiny plops = perfect birdie!
your life with a budgie can be one of the most rewarding steps you can
take...if you have the following mindset.
"Parakeets are NOT disposable pets!"
many times, you'll see parakeets advertised as a perfect "beginner
bird"...as though you are training yourself for the a "real parrot" ...
"sometime in the future."
true...parakeets are much easier to live with and take care of,
compared to, say, macaws, amazons and cockatoos. Unlike the
larger birds, you:
So what does having a budgie require?
To really have a wonderful life with your budgie, you should offer at the very least:
Budgies come in bunches and bunches of colors. Sure, there are the green parakeets, and the blue parakeets (the two dominant strains), but from those spring mutations and patterns and intensities that can just make your head spin! Take a moment now and visit
mind spins. One thing I've learned in my flock is that some
budgies can even appear iridescent if the light strikes their feathers
in a certain angle - my handicapped unique keet, Snow, is a red eyed
white lacewing parakeet whose feathers are suffused with the palest
light blue glow. And Mattimeo, my Type II Yellowfaced handicapped
budgie, has a turquoise sheen to his feathers as well.
budgies don't stop at mere glows (okay I'm babbling now, I admit
it. :-) ). Sir Rowan, my 1/2 English 1/2
American budgie most likely is a dilute cinnamon mauve birdie.....but
his colors make him look like a teeny tiny Peregrin falcon. Okay
maybe not, but that's what I like thinking. :-)
are not the be-all and the end-all in parakeets, of course. Yes
yes yes, it's quite true that everyone has their own preference (I
myself love blue birdies), but it's the personality on which you should
really focus when choosing a parakeet. Boingy birdies (ie,
birdies who would give the Energizer Bunny a run for his money) are
great for their antics and their powerful personalities. But more
sedate parakeets might fit into your lifestyle as well.
of personalities, there's a good chance that any budgie brought home
will sit quietly for at least a day and probably longer until she or
her gets acclimated with his or her new surroundings. It's to be
expected (so you don't have to wonder, what happened to my perky
pause for a moment on colors and talk nationalities. There are
two different kinds of budgies availabe:
budgies are the most common ones you'll see - they're the typical
parakeets all stores carry (plus the version of budgie that lives in
Australia). They're slim birdies. English budgies are much
more stocky, have a fuller face of feathers, and seem to be much more
laid back. Their poop (fondly known as "plop" in my family) can
also get stuck to their vent feathers, necessitating a bath. In
my experience, it's a very easy thing to do.
America, English budgies as a rule are more expensive then American
budgies. Speaking of price, I've seen parakeets sell anywhere
from $9.99 to $39.99 - older birdies are generally cheaper than babies
(but it takes longer to train them).
well as nationalities, budgies also come in (get this!) 2
genders! Male and female. Generally speaking, males are
easier to tame and have a wider sound/vocabulary range, while females
are more aggressive. Keep in mind, this is generally
it certainly right now must seem like there's an information overload
waiting for you regarding your future or current parakeet. But
don't despair! There's one simple easy wonderful way to really
get yourself immersed in what's the best for you and your feathered
buddie....and that's what I'm about to reveal right now.
Let us begin your journey! .
It's time for you to make new friends and get some community from other parakeet fanciers as well. Click below and let's go!
Parakeets/budgies/keets/etc. are NOT disposable birds! Please do your research before choosing to share your life with one of these wonderful birdies..
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