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  1. Lost male blue budgie in Bayswater Perth WA yesterday. If anyone locates him please let me know. Thanks Karyn
  2. You will find they are fighting over the female, how to fix I am not sure what to suggest, I would just make sure they weren't causing great damage to each other
  3. Hello, I have 12 budgies living in an outside aviary since October last year, 8 males and 4 females. In the last couple of weeks I have found 2 eggs on different occasions on the floor of the aviary - broken and look unfertilised. I do not have any nest boxes and don't plan on breeding. Is this a problem that I have a female or females laying eggs or is this normal behaviour?
  4. I like your comment Flip about watching the TV with subtitles, that is what we used to do when our birds were inside with us! They are such happy characters the budgie. Thanks all for your replies. It has given me some peace of mind.
  5. Fortunately the birds have access to shade all day too and the aviary doesn't get much direct sunlight except in the morning when its a bit cooler. We've had some hot days here in Perth but luckily they have been days I have been at home so have been able to keep them cool with a bit of water from the misting system but its days like today where it's 38 and I am away at work all day I worry about. They do pant at times and that worries me. I've left 3 water bowls for them to swim in but they just don't seem to get in the water. I also thought they might spend some time on the aviary floor if it was too hot as I have heard some birds do this but haven't seen them do that either.
  6. Hello I moved by budgies into an outside aviary in October so they are experiencing their first summer outdoors. I am a little concerned about how they will go in the heat. I have a misting system which I can turn on when I am at home to give them a bit of relief but am worried about when I am away at work. How common is it for a budgie to die or become ill from heat stress and what temperature would something like this be expected to occur in? Thanks Karyn
  7. Thanks Robyn. I definitely don't want to breed so I won't be introducing any nesting areas into the aviary. I am just a bit concerned about when my one female comes into breeding condition what the males will do. I think I will add 2 or 3 females and then see how that goes. One other question is how often do females come into breeding condition and what times of the year generally?
  8. Hello, I have recently moved by budgies to an outdoor aviary. I have 8 males and 1 female who at this stage is too young for the boys to figure out she is female. I know I will now need to introduce more females to the aviary or else the boys will eventually start fighting over her. I was wondering would it be best to have an even number of male to female budgies or can life still be harmonious in the aviary with fewer females than males. Thanks, Karyn
  9. Just for future reference what is it about her cere that indicates she is female
  10. Hello, is it possible to tell from this picture if this budgie is male or female, thanks Karyn
  11. I can only answer that the corn should be raw, my budgies only eat a select few vegies so I am not an expert in recommending how to get a budgie to eat vegies, maybe it is because he is young, most budgies can't resist corn though
  12. Yes the colour is more purple than pink, just in the sun the other day it looked pink. Thanks for the reply. Good to have an idea of how old he is.
  13. Hello, I purchased a budgie today and he has a leg band with this information - WABC 01 0406. The 01 is written vertical. Can anyone tell me what age he is from this information? The band is also a pinkish colour. Thanks
  14. Thanks Robyn for your reply!
  15. Hi All, Following on from my previous post I am in the process of converting a gazebo into an aviary. It is 4m x 3m. I currently have 4 male budgies who live indoors with me. Once I do move them into the aviary I would like to over time introduce further budgies to the aviary and am aware of the quarantine procedures to follow. I would however like some advice on whether I would be better off continuing with only male budgies or if males and females could live peacefully with each other in a mixed aviary environment. I also definitely do not want to breed so am also aware I need to ensure there is nothing in the aviary that could be used as a nest. Any advice on a mixed aviary would be much appreciated. Thanks, Karyn
  16. Hello, I am wanting to convert an unused gazebo into an aviary. It is 4m x 3m and made out of standard patio material. Was wondering if anyone knows of any aviary builders in Perth WA that may be able to help me convert this into an aviary as I have no handyman/construction skills at all. Thanks, Karyn
  17. Hi there, I had a budgie whose cere turned brown and he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and sadly he has since passed away. If you search the internet you will find this is a common cause. May be worth a trip to an avian vet to get a proper answer on the situation.
  18. Could you use plywood for lining the roof or would this not be recommended?
  19. My budgies love basil and have been eating it safely for a number of years now, another popular herb with them is parsley
  20. I am no expert but I think night fright is more when they start flapping around frantically in the cage, that is quite serious as they can damage their wings, I am not sure what Django is doing is night fright.
  21. Karyn

    Hi, I'm New

    Love your photo's, what beautiful coloured budgies you have
  22. Yes ours is usually on 20 or 22 as well, its only evaporative so doesn't really cool the place down too much but it atleast does something. I think you will be quite okay. Just make sure you don't have the cage in direct sunlight and also away from any draughts in cold weather.
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