Cara

"you Kill Your Birds With Kindness"

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Everyone in my family says i kill my birds with kindness. This is what i do for my budgie/s:

Everyday:

- Fresh water

- blow out husks of seed

- Change newspaper as Molly chews it to shreds

- Fresh fruit and veg

- Free flight time (when i had Blue and Auzzie, Molly can't fly, has never been able to and she isn't tame or friendly... you can read about her story in another forum)

Weekly:

- Clean out cage, toys etc

- Change all natural perches

- Change cage around

- Rotate toys

- Mite spray cage only: i never sprayed birds and have had no trouble with mites

Yearly: (On birthday usually)

- They get some sun flower seeds

Occationally:

- They get other treats (millet, seed stick etc)

 

*Plus worming and vet checks on a regular basis

 

Auzzie my first budgies died at the age of 2 1/2: he developed a tumour

Bluie my second budgie: not sure how old he was vet said about 5 years old/ don't know cause of death

Molly: we still have her, she has just turned 2

 

My other family members budgie Tweety died at the age of 9 or older:

She had a complete seed diet

Water changed only once a week

Cage cleaned when ever they could be bothered (unless i was staying then I cleaned it regularly)

No natural perches etc

No fresh seed regularly

Didnt come out of cage at all not even while they were cleaning it cause they only cleaned the bottom plastic part

 

So my question is am i killing my birds with kindness???? What does everyone think??? What should i be doing, what shouldn't i be doing in regards to my birds care???

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NO :D

 

 

Perfect :D

 

only one thing......why spray the cage for mites when there are none on the bird ? You dont need to do that.

 

All else ............Perfect.

 

When I die I want to come back as one of your birds :rofl:

 

:(

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I spray the cage because thats what the back of the packaging says to do weekly to prevent mites....

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I spray the cage because thats what the back of the packaging says to do weekly to prevent mites....

Dont believe all the "blurb" on the back of products they expect you to repeatedly buy when not necessary :(

 

ask here if in doubt.

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sounds good to me

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Yes okay, i will stop with the mite spray....

 

But why do my other family members bird live to 9+ years with hardly any care and mine struggle to get to the 5+ years????? Thats why my family say i kill my birds with kindness.

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no idea

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Yes okay, i will stop with the mite spray....

 

But why do my other family members bird live to 9+ years with hardly any care and mine struggle to get to the 5+ years????? Thats why my family say i kill my birds with kindness.

Dont know. Maybe birds used to be hardier than they are these days as we breed them further away from the original budgie. Maybe seed used to be better than it is today too :(

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One reason may be, they are over feed & over weight,with a biuld up of fat,

in & around the kidneys & liver.Just a thought. :ohmygod:

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It's the luck of the draw....it's like the question: 'why did my grandfather smoke every day like a chimney and he died of natural causes in his 90s?'....for some things there is no reason.

 

I think you are a responsible and caring pet owner...so you keep doing what you are doing and don't listen to anyone trying to wind you up.

 

Best of luck

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It's the luck of the draw....it's like the question: 'why did my grandfather smoke every day like a chimney and he died of natural causes in his 90s?'....for some things there is no reason.

 

I think you are a responsible and caring pet owner...so you keep doing what you are doing and don't listen to anyone trying to wind you up.

 

Best of luck

Yes i agree. Genetics? I'm with Kaz, when i die i want to come back as one of your birds. :)

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could the newspaper have anything to do with it?

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could the newspaper have anything to do with it?

 

 

Don't know if newspaper would have anything to do with it, but just in case the print is dangerous, I use natural white paper towel on the bottom of my budgie's cage.

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could the newspaper have anything to do with it?

 

 

Don't know if newspaper would have anything to do with it, but just in case the print is dangerous, I use natural white paper towel on the bottom of my budgie's cage.

Maddie..................no different. White paper towel is treated with bleaches anyway.

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I know that mite spray if ued incorrecly with reptiles can kill them maybe its the spray you did use it alot??

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Hello I think you've got all bases covered. How about a full list of their diet . Variety & how often,

 

There might be a deficiency somewhere. Yours B.J.laugh.gif

 

 

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Hey folks, just in case you didn't notice, this thread is two years old....

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Yes okay, i will stop with the mite spray....

 

But why do my other family members bird live to 9+ years with hardly any care and mine struggle to get to the 5+ years????? Thats why my family say i kill my birds with kindness.

Dont know. Maybe birds used to be hardier than they are these days as we breed them further away from the original budgie. Maybe seed used to be better than it is today too :(

 

I think so too. Budgies 10-15 years ago were healthier. Ive been thinking about the same thing as Cara. Some birds have poor diet, not much to do in the cage and are not flying outside the cage and manage to get old. While you can do everything right (what you believe is right) and your budgies have health problems. I know that feeling.

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Hey folks, just in case you didn't notice, this thread is two years old....

 

Hi Finnie, It may be an old thread but new people join all the time and may learn something from them, who reads dates first anyway l.o.l (like reading instructions). Only when all else fails. :rolleyes:

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Hey folks, just in case you didn't notice, this thread is two years old....

 

Hi Finnie, It may be an old thread but new people join all the time and may learn something from them, who reads dates first anyway l.o.l (like reading instructions). Only when all else fails. :rolleyes:

 

 

Oh sure, I agree. Old threads are great for learning stuff. But when they start asking for details of the diet, it might be good to point out that that owner might not even be around any more to give an answer.

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