Selecting a Budgie
Before you pick
a budgie, it is important you follow a few tips to ensure your
bird is healthy. Choosing a healthy budgie is important for
variety reasons. First and foremost you want a healthy pet.
Second, you want to ensure your budgie does not carry any diseases
that could spread to your other birds. Budgies are really good at
masking their illnesses and many budgies show signs only when they
are extremely ill or near death. Because of this, you need to
know a few things to help minimize the chance of purchasing a sick
If you have
other birds it is highly recommended you quarantine any new birds
before exposing them to established birds. Placing a parrot in
quarantine means isolating the bird from your established flock to
avoid the transmission of any diseases or illnesses your budgie
parrot needs to be isolated, the new budgie should not be in the
same room as your other birds. It needs to be in a draft free
room that is as far as possible from your other birds. The best
place to keep a new parrot for quarantine is in a small study room
with windows for ventilation. This allows air to flow inside the
room and proper ventilation.
Keeping the new
parrot isolated is a must for a proper quarantine, but doing a
proper chore routine is just as important. When doing the daily
chores of your budgies, it is important the new birds be cared for
last. This will help lesson the spread of any contaminations.
Under no circumstances are you to trade food or water bowls or
cages. Always wash your hands with soap a few times throughout
the day. If possible, take a shower between feeding your
established flock and your new birds.
might seem extensive, keep in mind parrots are susceptible to many
diseases. It only takes one infected parrot to bring down all
your birds. Your birds depend on you for their safety and this
includes protection from harmful diseases. Always quarantine
all new parrots for at least three months. If you feel you need
the quarantine session to extend beyond three months, then go
ahead because you can never be too sure.
Here are a few
rules to ensure you pick healthy breeders or pet budgies.
- Always make
sure all budgies are active.
- The budgie
should tighten its feathers when you approach the cage.
- There should
be no nasal discharges.
- The vent
should be clean.
- The feathers
should be in good condition( sleek, shiny, and smooth)
- The feet
should be clear of any mites.
parakeet should not show signs of scaly face. The beak and toes
should be clean and smooth; there should be no deformities or
parakeets form reputable breeders. Ensure their facility is
clean and their food and water bowls are changed daily.
- If you have
any questions about your birdís history, ask because you can
never be too sure. Ask to check their records as well. A good
breeder keeps track of every bird they breed.
tips can not guarantee a healthy parrot, always take your parrot
to the vet for a standard checkup. Again, you can never to be too
careful when you introduce new birds into your household. Always
use discretion and never rush introducing your parrot into the new
flock. Many owners make the mistake of placing an ill budgie into
their aviaries and once this happens, the results can be
devastating. Always take caution.