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  3. Our workplace has an aviary of budgies, and around 8-9 weeks ago - timeline is a bit hazy - 5 baby budgies (all to the same parents we think) were born. They were pushed out of nest by mother at about 4-5 weeks (we put them back in the nesting box a few times as they seemed small and its cold), but they all kept jumping out (or being pushed....we weren't around to see the actual event because it is at work, and we are not there watching budgies 24/7). Now 4 weeks on, the 5 budgies are still running around on the floor of the aviary. The parents did come down to feed them on the ground for some time, but that has now ceased. They eat seed, run around with wings outstretched but never flying, frequently huddle together, or just seem to doze in the middle of the aviary floor. I did pick a couple of them up, and put them higher up to see if they could fly, but they just flutter to the ground. We have put branches down very low to help them climb up a little, but they aren't too keen on that concept (or not when I am looking). Any suggestions on how we can help these budgies fly!! I can understand maybe one budgie having something wrong, but all 5? Will they ever fly or do we need patience, or should they be removed from the aviary for intensive lessons!! Thanks for any advice.
  4. Baby Budgie Blue

    Hi There, We are relatively new owners of until recently two very beautiful budgies both were born last September within a few days of each other. Sadly our little blue girl was found dead on Monday. We would like another female but would only like one from a breeder, hence me joining this forum. We bought our others from the Red Hill Market (Mornington Peninsula) from a breeder named Alan unfortunately we have lost his details. Does anyone live locally to the Peninsula and has and young, healthy birds for sale?
  5. Geniesmate

    Ive just bought six budgies after more than 30 years without any. Looking forward to trying to breed some interesting colours but I notice most budgies now have all sorts of heritage, various colours & patterns & hardly any are plain green or predictables of the past! Where can I find detailed breeding expectations going by the general appearance of the birds plus what I have been told? Thank you
  6. Toxic And Non Toxic Plants For Birds

    Does anyone know if Emilia sonchifolia var. javanica (little weed with fluffy pink flowerheads) is safe for budgies at all??
  7. Female And Male

    I bought a female and male budgie quite a few months ago, and at first they were doing fine. We got them because they were grooming each other in the pet store. After a few weeks, though, the female started to chase around the male. I thought they were playing until she tried to peck at him. I didn't pay too much attention. Then soon after I noticed they squawked really loudly, as if they were yelling at each other. They fought to a point where both would nearly fall off the perch. When the male tries to eat, someone the female would come over and he would back off. Other times they share. They also cuddle when they're sleepy, and talk to each other in normal toned squawks. I got really concerned when the female was covered in a pinkish substance around her beak. I didn't know if it was blood or dye from her toy, but it was there for quite a while. Please help. I don't want any to get hurt any further. I also have not tamed them and taught them how to get used to my hand. They always fight.
  8. My Strange Male

    Hi all! This is my first time posting here, so I hope things go well. Anyway, about my budgies. I own six tame (well mostly "tame") budgies that stays mostly indoors unless it's a nice day outside. I have five females and one male, lucky me . At first I owned two birds, Opal (F) and Storm (M) but then decided to get some more budgies (and a new cage) as I really want to have a go at breeding since Opal and Storm aren't interested. Sadly all my new birds were all girls (for a while I thought one was a boy), Tiki, Jewel, Coco and Jasper (Jasper is my fav). Months after bringing all the budgies into the same cage, I notice Storm was being... well... a love nut to all the girls (including Opal). He would follow them everywhere in and out of the cage, chirp really loud to one of the girls and try to preen them, from that knew he was ready to mate but I had to wait a few more months for a female to be old enough. when I manage to convince to my parents to get a nesting box and materials, I started pairing Storm with Opal (again), Jasper then Tiki, (mostly because they were different colours from Storm) one week at a time to see which one he likes the most. In the end he chose Tiki, which was great because Tiki is a very mean budgie and bites me a lot (hard...) and Opal and Jasper are both my special companion birds, so it's a win-win to me (yay). So with the Tiki and Storm mating, I have the nesting box, lots of seed and green stuff, sun and cuttlefish, the only thing I didn't have right was the cage . Sadly none of Tiki's egg hatched but it was her first time laying eggs. I did eventually put them back with the other birds, most of girls were chasing Storm a bit and nipping his feathers (they weren't attacking) but Tiki developed a nasty habit of attacking me when ever I put my hand in the cage (she even follows me from inside the cage). After about two months I put her back in the "breeding cage" due to her bad behaviour, I also put Storm in there due to him harassing everyone, flying out of cage when ever I open it and I was worried that Tiki would be lonely. I didn't have the nesting box in this time as it was the wrong time of year but they still mated... great. So in the end, I put the nesting box in. But this is where the problem begins. So Tiki starts laying eggs again but it's on the bottom of the cage. They keep on breaking. At first I thought due to Tiki laying on an uneven surface but when I manage to save an egg and placed it in the nesting box, it broke minutes later. I started to think it was Tiki breaking her eggs but she still sits on them (the broken eggs would stick to her and I had to use tongs to get them off due to her nippy) so I decided to watch them closely and to find out that it was Storm breaking the eggs. No, my only male, destroying eggs... why?! But I wasn't going to give up that easily. I've added some stuff in the cage like a hammock thingy and some scrap fabric both on the floor, Tiki seemed happy to lay her egg on the fabric but when she did, Storm would nudge her off the egg and peck a hole in it. The next time she laid an egg, I quickly move him out of the cage and placed him with the others, I also moved the breeding cage away from the window and put it next to the other cage so Tiki isn't lonely. I know it's not the best idea to have nesting females on their own but in this situation I kinda had to. I did bring Storm back in her cage only because Tiki stopped sitting on the eggs (which was later destroyed). After a few days I noticed Tiki sitting in her hammock (it's on the ground) and I found an egg inside. Better yet Storm hasn't found it at that point and when he did, no matter how hard he try's to move Tiki, she or her eggswon't move. I'm so proud of Tiki's new nest and surprised that you don't need a nesting box for budgies. As of today, Tiki has six eggs in her hammock and doing fine. If the eggs do hatch, the earliest it could happen is on 12.8.2017 but because it's winter here it may not happen, we'll just going to have to wait and see. I know that this isn't a question, I just thought it's okay to share this and see if I'm raising my birdies right. With my other birds Jasper gets lots of cuddles and she & Opal come out a lot to keep me company, Coco doesn't like being handled and when I do hold her, she makes this horrible noise and finally Jewel, she's a bit nippy like Tiki but less aggressive and likes being out of the cage (she try's to escape) I also own a baby cockatiel that has lots of personality Thank you for you your time
  9. Is This Forum Really Still Active?

    I just joined and now im a bit worried
  10. I rescued a white budgie it has eye lids closed looks crusty, can i put something natural on her to help her... New at site don't really know what im doing...sorry
  11. My Budgie Is Very Light

  12. My Budgie Is Very Light

    My budge is very light compared to my other one they are the same age. What do I do??????😫
  13. my budgie had respiratory disease and the vet gave him antibiotics but he was still breathing irractically so a friend put me on to the bird care company who suggested that mite treatment called invermectin 0.1% drops spot on anti parasite treament.they told us to put 1 drop on the back of his neck once a week.by the second night my budgie started to have fits it wasnt untill we had put the drop on for the second time on the second week we realised his fits were getting bad.it states that a serious reaction can cause death if you use it for collies,old english sheep dogs,tortoise and turles but highly recommended for budgies we was told by the bird care company it had 98% success rate of getting him better instead it killed him by the 3rd day on the second week we had to put him down because his fits were so bad he was suffering i am broken hearted he was my baby.i put my trust in a company that killed my baby.
  14. Miss Me, But Let Me Go.

    from janey1066 i have just lost my little boy robin.it has broken my heart.he was nearly 10 and we had such a bond this poem is lovely.im typing this crying i miss my boy so much
  15. Fostering Eggs

    You could potentially try giving the barren hen a few cool mints or something similar to an egg and see what she does...If your very lucky and she sits you could then introduce the eggs. But it would be rare for that to work.
  16. Fostering Eggs

    I see. The hen that doesn't lay must have fertility issues then. A shame, as she is my best looking hen and I paid a decent amount for her. I guess i'll have to hand raise the other ones when they hatch. Thanks
  17. Fostering Eggs

    Hi There. If she isn't sitting on eggs and you put them in her box the most likely outcome is that she will clean them out of her box and destroy them. Sometimes hens wont breed because they are to young, to old or they have fertility issues that mean they will never lay.
  18. Fostering Eggs

    Just wondering if you can foster eggs to an empty nest with no eggs? I will soon need to move eggs from one nest because last time the hen only fed the first chick that hatched. She has 3 eggs now. I want to hedge my bets in case this happens again. The other nest I want to move the eggs to is a paired couple where for some reason the hen doesn't lay eggs. This hen is the right age and in breeding condition but has never laid eggs for me. As well as save some chicks from the other nest, I'm hoping this will kick start this hen with no eggs to start laying. Any advice would help. Thanks, Ash
  19. 18th July 2017: Recent Downtime

    Sorry about the recent downtime that started around 11pm (UK time) & ended around 8am (UK time). This was due to an issue at the Data Centre which has now been resolved.
  20. Hey, I so just can't wait to find out which color this Chick becomes, maybe one of you can already tell me? Will this become "just" a regular Blue? Oh Parents are: Lightgreen SF Spangle/Ino : Blue (maybe violet?) Opalin
  21. New show budgie breeder

    Hi, I have started breeding show budgies and thought I'd join this site for advice as I'm not a member of a club. I've bought most of my birds from auctions as I'm after quality over quantity. I prefer the normal over the fancier varieties. Just trying to build my flock up again after a few years out of the hobby. I might post pics of my birds soon as well as ask for advice on breeding. I have 10 birds and will hopefully have some more soon. Keen to know people's opinions on certain topics but that's enough for this post. Great site. Cheers
  22. We want to say hello

    Hey there, first of all, please excuse my english gramma... I'm not using my English very often, so it's a little bit rusty and sometimes my brain squieks in order to find the right words... Basicly im am here to learn something about the colorful genetic varieties hidden behind every budgie matching Right now my 2x2x0,70 meter sized Cage is filled with 1.3 Budgies. Also i have a couple which is breeding right at the moment, 3 nestlings and two more eggs to hatch. They all living in our living room so there are no more tv nights... I also already discovered the bad part of all the breeding. The last hen (breeding was unexpected, in a dark corner) stopped feeding there baby's after 10/7 days and till I recognized that there is something going wrong the little of them had already been dead, and as always it had been a Sunday so there where no Store open to get some food... So I had put the older one back to her in the box, cause she was still sitting on an egg hopeful she will start over again and it looked good, at first... But in the morning she had been sitting on her dead baby This was really sad... There is know sitting a box of food right at the front of our food storage, as you can bet. This won't happen a second time in my house... Hm, what else i have to tell you... Well, if there's anything more you want to know, just ask
  23. Hi there!

    No, they won't need a box. If you hang one in there it is like a big red sign saying "I want you to have baby's"
  24. Homemade Healthy Budgie Grain/seed Mix

    Thanks for this recipe It helped a lot ❤️ my budgies are very thankful
  25. Hi everyone, New budgie owner of a 4-month-old (approx.) named Freckles. Freckles loves to be close to me when I spend time on the laptop, my bird loves to walk over the keyboard and nip at my fingers. I'm interested in giving Freckles a place near that laptop where they're allowed to be. Does anyone know of a laptop bird perch, preferably not a DIY option? as I have a variety of physical limitations that make, the building possibility not an option. I look forward to hearing from your collective wisdom ...
  26. Hi there. I am new to budgie breeding. Can anyone help me identify these budgie types please?
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