Not really a budgie question but more of a bird question. In a few months we'll be moving 1000 miles across the country, and we'll be driving. The issue is that we'll have our green cheeked conure with us... I was wondering if you have any advice for that? She's been in the car before but never for so long. Any advice?

Anonymous

Bring something to cover the cage so she’s not too frightened, also minimise the amount of perches and toys in the cage & move the perch down low so that if they get frightened or fall they won’t hurt themselves.
Make sure they don’t get too hot & when you stop for breaks reward with food and keep a close eye out that they aren’t becoming stressed by the travel.
Signs your conures are too hot or stressed are:
Holding wings away from the body & opening the beak- means they are over heating
Being fluffed up or shaking for long periods.

Generally they may seem a little scared, but should calm down once they get used to the environment in the car and it will help knowing they’ve been in the car before!

Goodluck :)

I have two budgies, one I've had for about two years and one I've had for a few months. they are both extremely afraid of me and I can't even put my hand in the cage without them freaking out. is there still time for me to train them or is it a lost hope?

It’s not a lost hope but it depends how much time and effort you are willing to spend with them.
I highly recommend letting them out to fly in a safe room & slowly getting them used to you while out of the cage. Budgies will go back in the cage themselves when they are hungry or thirsty but it’s best that you have a few hours free incase they refuse to go back in quickly.

You could also consider clipping their wings if you’re afraid you won’t be able to get them back in.
Some people have negative views on clippings wings but I believe it can be very helpful especially when trying to tame a bird & when it comes to trying to get them used to being out of the cage- you will have to grab them once each to be able to clip their wings but that’s something most birds get over quickly! It’s just important you don’t grab them constantly.

Clipping their wings can allow you to start training outside of the cage & get them used to the area they will latter be able to fly in when their wings grow back out. It will make it a lot easier for you to control them & also safer because birds can fly into things and hurt themselves when they are nervous or scared & it will take time for them to get used to being out with you & playing outside of the cage but it’s well worth the effort!

I Also will mention clipping a birds wings done properly will not make your bird unable to fly but more make it so they can’t fly very high, or at very fast speed so they will not harm themselves.

If you need a tutorial on how to clip a birds wings feel free to let me know & I will film one! It’s very easy but must be done properly or you can injure your budgies wings.

Hi, I just wondered what sex budgy is easiest to train? Shelli

Anonymous

Neither is really easier, some people say males are calmer but I found both were similar to train!

I'm thinking of getting a bydgie as a pet and itll be my first time getting one. Are there any tip you can give me on how to pick one, what age and how to take care of it?

Hi there :)

Budgies are great pets!

What you want to look for- a heathy budgie & a young budgie if you want to tame it.

How to pick a good budgie

1. Look for a budgie with bright feathers, not dirty, no poop stuck to it.
2. Watch the bird to make sure it moves around, ears and interacts with the other birds
3. Make sure the bird isn’t fluffed up, sitting on the bottom of the cage constantly or sleeping a lot because these can be signs of illness.

A young bird will have lots of baby bars- black bars on their forehead.
They also will have nearly fully black eyes where as an older bird (older than 6 months) will have an iris ring.
You can also tell my the colour of the budgies cere- a baby budgie will not have a adult coloured cere (blue or brown) baby females Ceres are generally very pale blue & white and a baby male budgie will have light pink/purple Ceres which will change colour between 4-6 months of age.

Hi, thanks for a really great article. My name is Cameron and my fiancé and I have two budgies for about a year (we got boobie about 3 months before mr white). Boobie is a very loving. It'd and will not spend more than 10 mutineers away from us. On the other hand there is mr white who is not willing to come anywhere. Ear us, she is getting better but I just feel sad for her as she is missing out when boobie is with us. How would you reccomed we get me white to fully trust us? Cameron

Anonymous

Hopefully she will learn from your other budgie.. You can also do training time where you take the budgies food away for 1-2 hours then you come to open the cage & have treat time outside of the cage.. This will hopefully encourage her to come out & eat and also be a positive thing for her to enjoy food & have play time out side of the cage.
Over time she should become more confident :) just remember all birds personalities are different and she may be the type of bird who would rather do her own thing than be with her human owners :)

missjalesi:

budgiecare:

Bandit thoroughly enjoys bath time & then drying off in her favourite spot on the sunny window perch!

For a second there, I thought that was glitter on the bird instead of water drops. and I was going to rage.

Haha oh gosh it does kinda look like glitter lol! Just the light reflecting off the water lol

Bandit thoroughly enjoys bath time & then drying off in her favourite spot on the sunny window perch!

Two photos I managed to get of Ollie- he hates the camera and is so good at flying off right as I try to take a picture

Daisy ventured out of the cage for playtime for once! & she joined Kirby on the play gym :)

Happy bandit ❤️