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  2. The only thing I can think of is that Daffi might be sick. When birds are ill, they tend to go into a shell of sorts and just aren't the same as they were before. I'd fully recommend going to a vet and asking them. Oh, and take away the mirror if you haven't already. Mirrors are actually really bad for birds and I would not recommend them in the slightest.
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  4. I saw my budgies mate about 10 days ago but don't have eggs. I read that it should take a week to get an egg but i'm unsure if this is correct. Both budgies look to be in condition and are bonded. I have a breeding box up high in the cage, a mineral block, cuttlefish, and give them fresh veg. I set the cage up with the breeding box and the mineral block about two weeks ago. The female is curious about the breeding box and goes in there a bit. Both budgies are over a year old and there are no other budgies in the same cage as them. Their cage is also quite large. I'm wondering if anyone knows how I can get them to breed? Any advice would be nice
  5. Hi, little back story first. our oldest budgie Daffi is almost 3 years old. He's always been a little crazy, non stop, full on playful. Semi trained but loves company and our children. We introduced a new baby bird completely hand tamed in April. They adore each other. They go everywhere together. They are out of their cages from morning to night. They have separate cages as they can't seem to tolerate each other at nighttime! I'd love if they could. They always played out on their playground with all the toys, screaming and chirping, being happy. Daffi never slept during the day ever. When Joey took naps Daffi started to as well. They loved foraging and eating veggies etc. We looked after my nieces budgie while she was on holidays. They all got on so well. Had the best time. The thing I should mention is Daffi was always humping his toy bird, feeding mirrors etc. He tried and few times with Joey and we used distractions, he used to try with everything. He became a little aggressive to Joey and us. So we took away the toy bird. He seemed fine and started playing more with us and Joey. Within the last few weeks though he's not the same bird. He refuses to go near the playground and toys which means Joey won't go either. He well only eat in Joey cage, first thing in the morning pet he goes for breakfast. He prefers to stay in either his cage or the other one. Just chilling and relaxing. He's sleeping more too and very quiet. He's like a completely different budgie. All the things that used to excite him no longer do. Why would he actively avoid his favourite things. He's stopped squawking and talking as much, he's like a wee old budgie. He bit Joey on the base of his back a few weeks ago and drew blood unprovoked as we were watching when it happened. Thankfully we could get Joey help and stop the bleeding. It's like someone swapped our crazy budgie for a quiet sleepy afraid budgie.
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  7. I have a baby budgie with severely splayed legs. The budgies is 5 days old. I have put sponges on it's legs to try to correct it, but the budgie is not happy about it and keeps getting stuck on its back. I'm not sure if it is bad for the budgie to be on its back or if it is too young to treat the splayed legs. I am worried that using tape instead of a sponge will hurt the budgie's skin. Any suggestions?
  8. My Pretty Boy is also very quiet of late and he scratches a lot. He used to repeat everything I said but now just chirps. When I come home, he is usually pleased to see me - he stretches out and chirps a bit. I have had him for two and a half years, but do not know how old he was when I got him. I have taken him to the vet and he seems to think there is nothing wrong with him. I commiserate with you Glen. Gloria
  9. Hello! i am a BRAND NEW bird owner. As in I just received my bird within a few hours. I have a few large concerns and I feel like I can share them here. #1 my bird cage is what the store recommended although it is very small. It’s 18x10x18 and I fear it doesn’t allow the bird full range of movement. #2 her introduction to my home consisted of her getting away from me and me chasing her for about 8 minutes till I let her sit on my bed while I sit by my door. #3 after placing a towel over her and getting her in her cage she hadn’t moved at all. I fear that I’ve really messed up this introduction. #4 she hasn’t moved at all since being placed in her cage. When she was placed in her cage she banged all over the sides. We have a larger cage although we planned on returning it due to not having all the products promised. Any help appreciated.
  10. Two more birds to identify gender of. Blue is a male and yellow is a female?
  11. Please help. Don’t know the age yet.
  12. Hi to all, Just getting into budgies after having a handful for a couple of yrs.... Now a pair have started to breed, so time to learn some new knowledge. The search engine is my best friend, but be prepared for a few Q&A's along the way. Many thanks, Scoot.
  13. hi all , well its been some many years i have logged in here but ive really been missing the place of late and well i have some babys for sale so decided to offer them here as well as my normal facebook page , avalon house . birds are all split clearwing and mostly violets and cobalts theirs a few opalines and most are goldenface in single and double factor if you breed rainbows or wiish to or if you are after a tame pet this is the perfict chance pick ups warragul victoria melboune and birds are priced cheep at 20.00 due to i had a great season call 0490332528 for inquierys haope all are doing great. gb
  14. My budgie, Kevin has over the last week taken on a serious tilt of his head.. He appetite is as good as ever, and he is drinking fine. His droppings are formed as usual, no discharge or change in consistency or appearance. Balance is a little off but he can get around okay. Little difficulty flying, but then he always has had.. could this be a stroke?
  15. This is Pixel our first budgie now 10mths old just thinking she is a hen??? Sent from my HTC 2PZC100 using Tapatalk
  16. So basically I have a female budgie and she laid eggs around 2 and a half months ago and has had babies for around 1 and a half months. I have had her for around six months and for like 4 of those months she has looked grumpy. She is a spangled American budgie so it's not because she is an English budgie(I think they look grumpy). I'm not too worried about it because she has looked like that for a while but I just kind of want to know why she looks like that. Anyone else have a budgie that looks like that? Is it a problem? She doesn't act angry though By The Way. She just looks grumpy. I would include a picture but I'm on vacation and she isn't with me.
  17. I have two budgies I don't know the genders but I was told they were both boys. Today one was trying to mount the other I thought they were fighting I separated them now one is freaking out outside the cage while the other is hanging on to the inside of the cage freaking out what's wrong with my birds?
  18. Hello, I'm not a breeder but have 2 mating budgies. out of 6 eggs, 2 have hatched this morning. I have found them in the box freezing cold and stiff, I was able to revive one baby in front of a heater but not the other. I have given the baby very runny formula and put it back in the box with mumma budgie but I don't think she is helping the baby. What should I do ? Hand raise it ? If so, how ? As in, keeping it warm and times between feeding. Please help me to help the baby budgie.
  19. Hello, out of 6 eggs, 2 have hatched this morning. I gave found them in the box freezing cold and stiff, I was able to revive one baby but not the other. I have given the baby very runny formula and put it back in the box with mumma budgie but I don't think she is helping the baby. What should I do ? Hand raise it ? If so, how ? Please help.
  20. Your birds are beautiful Tiki! It looks like the blue is definitely a female. The green actually looks like a female to me as well. She is kinda young so it is hard to tell. If you would send me some later pics that would help. Another way to tell budgies gender (though not always as accurately.) is to watch behavior. Male budgies will be louder and bob their heads and dance around the female. Females are a bit more aggressive. Note: not of these characteristics apply to all birds. So some pics would really help us be sure.
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  22. Hi formecutter, Sorry for the late reply. Have there been any developments yet?
  23. Hay guys I'm a bit confused ... Is the cuttlebone toxic to the bird... why I'm asking is because when I get the real cuttlebone some of them are black stained in color...I try to scrape the brown/black color from it.. Sometimes I think its a bacteria.. can you please help me and answer !!!
  24. I lost my budgie, Sky, when my friend opened the budgie's cages to feed them. Sky flew away. It's been 15 days since he was gone. I miss him.😭
  25. Hi guys, I have some questions about budgie breeding. I'm new to this forum but I've had budgies for awhile. I'd like to just give some background info before I start asking questions. I have 4 budgies - 2 males and 2 females. I've had the males for well over a year, one of them (a blue English/native mix) is over 2 years. The other male is native green. Of the females, one is over a year and is white colour (not albino) and the other is a light-wing, bright green opaline (she is just over a year). All 4 are somewhat bonded to each other. The blue and the white female are especially close, so I used them as a mate pair last year. The female laid a clutch of infertile eggs last year, and it was her first time. The blue male is very devoted to the female but has some problems when it comes to actually mounting the female. He seems to not quite get what he's meant to do - he even took up the female mating pose once (crouched down bum up in the air while the female desperately tried to get him to mount her). They are all in breeding condition, all healthy and have been on breeding diet for around 3months prior to the nest box being put in each cage. The nest box was put in 17 days ago. So far, both females immediately took the the nest boxes and spend most of their time in them. There are no eggs yet, however. The white female seemed to exhibit signs off egg bum, but did lay, so I took her to the avian vet who told me there was no egg but she was otherwise healthy. I tried to ask why she had the bulge if there was no egg but I didn't get an answer. I have examined her today and there seems to clearly be an egg in there (her abdomen is very swollen and droops down, her vent in enlarged and when I stroke the abdomen, I can feel a hard egg-sized lump). The other pair have no signs of eggs yet but they seem very attached - they sleep cuddled up next to each other right outside the nest box entrance and the male often feeds the female. (however, it's this opalines first time breeding) Now to my questions. Why does the blue male seem so oblivious to mating? How can I help the females lay their eggs easily and safely? (the white female had to be induced by the vet last time because she wouldn't lay. She wasn't egg bound, she just didn't lay and the vet didn't know if she would do it on her own. She had help with the first egg but laid every other one successfully on her own afterwards. She laid 5 eggs total.) How long should I wait before trying new pairs of they aren't successful? Is there anything else I can do to help stimulate successful and safe breeding? Side note: Diet - was on peckish breeder pellets but now on vetafarm budgie crumble. Get fresh veggies everyday Vet told me to put a supplement in their water, so they have that everyday as well. They have a shower every other day, and sit in the warm, humid air for a bit to relax. (I can't give them flight exercise in their room because they tend to fiddle with the nest boxes and the females get tetchy) Please any advice is welcome!!
  26. My poor young (less than 1 year old) male budgie has been a bit in the wars of late. I took him to the vet about 10 days or so ago due to a problem with his eye, which seemed to get better for about a week or so, then last week got weepy and irritating him again so back to the vet we went. The eye has come good, however the vet (an EXTREMELY reputable bird-only clinic) gave him a shot of doxycycline in his pectoral muscle and he is now unable to fly. This happened on Friday afternoon, I left him caged for the remainder of Friday as he did seem to be in some pain after the injection (have been giving him Metacam twice daily since) but when I let him out on Saturday morning for his regular flap around the house he was completely unable to fly and hit the floor rather hard. Sunday afternoon we tried him out again and same result, he is unable to get any lift and just heads straight to the floor. Naturally I'm pretty upset about all this and I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience following an injection or similar situation. I will be calling the clinic and letting the boss man know I'm not happy about what's happened to my poor little guy but in the meantime I'm curious to find out if this thing will wear off in the next few days (hopefully!) thanks in advance for any input.
  27. We get down to a few degrees above freezing on occasions in Adelaide, South Australia and our out side birds are always okay. It can hit 0 but it's rare and always at the coldest part of the night/early morning in winter so it's never really "freezing". This is about the limit of a budgies reasonable tolerance. Other parts of Australia where they are found can get a little colder but they aren't going to do well at 0 for extended periods. The key is breeze or wind. Budgies are tough, they live in the desert. They don't like to freeze but can keep them self warm when needed by fluffing up an insulating themselves. A breeze and especially wind can cause problems because it blows the heat out from their feathers and away from their body in general, essentially ruining there ability to insulate. If they are shivering, like any animal, it's not good. Protection from wind can be the difference between tolerant and unhappy and dead. The key ESPECIALLY WITH OUT DOOR BIRDS is this. They need good, well though out shelter. Think about this... In the wild a budgie will keep moving until it finds a place that supports enough protection from the wind to survive. Within an artificial environment (which every environment we provide is, no matter how big or small the cage) budgies are limited in places it can move to perch where the wind is minimal (and they still feel instinctually safe from predators). If you ask yourself, "would a wild bird naturally choose to perch and sleep with this much wind" especially when it gets cold, it will tell you if your budgie will be happy through the night. An indoor cage is easy, wrap it completely in a blanket or cage cover you would consider warm and it's unlikely you will get a breeze that will bother them. Out door birds need good protection, not a nesting box per se but a well protected area. In a big out door cage you can make it out if wood within the metal cage itself especially the perch (as metal radiates cold, wood doesn't) If the cage is outdoors and on the smaller side, the type with bars all around in all directions, wrap it when it's cold or cooler and windy if it's exposed. These types of cages offer no wind protection except possibly a limited amount down low where the walls are plastic and a budgie won't sleep low. If the cage is to big to bring in side make sure it's in an area shelters from wind or create an area (wood surrounds are best) in the cage to do this. A good high perch in a place well protected from wind gives them the opportunity to move there if they choose if they get too cold on a windy night. I have seen them sleep exposed on the side of a wire case, side by side (but not close enough to share heat) on very cold nights. They won't always shelter themselves when you think they should, but for our birds, they can when they need to and we have never had a death we suspected was from being cold. However like all animals they prefer the warmer side of their tolerance limit if they can get it. If they are inside birds and you keep them above 5 degrees (41F) they will never have a problem as long as they are seasoned birds and you don't take them from a non stop heated house and start leaving them in freezing areas abruptly. Anything over 10 degrees (50f) for inside birds is a comfortable life and 20 degrees (68F) is pretty much a tropical resort. If you live in a hotel, it's your only pet and you named it "Tinkerbell", spend the money on heating the house to 20C and plant a tree to combat global warming because it's nice to spoil pets. If not, don't worry, your buddies won't hold it against you so long as they are not stuck perching on metal, to close to freezing or unable to escape cold moving air 😉
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