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  1. Hi everyone I've read a bit about people feeding their budgies bread now and then; I do also sometimes. But I worry about things like preservatives that could be bad for them. Can any members recommend a good bread that they feed their birds now and then? Thanks
  2. A friend showed me this, it's been doing the rounds on tumblr apparently: "Half-Sider Budgie. Very rare and born sterile. Photographer unknown. Post source: earthandanimals " Taken from earthandanimals.tumblr.com/post/41664868300 Is this for real?!?!?! My instincts say a horribly loud NO! and this photo looks like there's been some abuse of photoshop's clone tool in the area around the birds stomach. But then my friend found this website: http://halfsider.com/index.html Would love to hear the members opinions on this "rare budgie" !!!!! Oh my goodness, is it *actually* real? I was so sceptical, but there's a video on that last website link I posted. What on earth?!!!
  3. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/25-14mm-NP-Liberty-Bells-bird-toy-parts-parrots-cages-/400136177140?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d29f985f4 Are these budgie safe? Thanks in advance everyone.
  4. *BUMP* Does anyone know the answer? It's a public holiday today in Canberra and I'd like to make toys
  5. Hi everyone. I hope this is allowed here- I would like to very publicly praise a certain pet store in Canberra in hopes that others will find it useful. If I am not allowed to name them specifically please let me know and I will delete it! Firstly, I would like to mention that I bought my budgie from a pet store as a last resort. I spent a long time trying to find a breeder in Canberra (KAZ may remember this!) and all potential contact details I had led to nothing. So I went to a pet store called Belconnen Discount Pet Centre, having been there years ago. This store is a family owned business and not part of any of those horrible chain stores we are all familiar with. My first impression of the store was that I was very impressed, because they kept all of their budgies/tiels/canaries in large, aviary size cages! Instead of having ten poor little guys fighting over their placement on a single perch, the birds there had lots of space to fly around and there were even natural perches and some toys in there. I also learned that their budgies are sourced from a local, Canberra breeder (Aha! There must be at least one then! ) and not thrown on a horrible, long truck journey from Sydney. Not only are the birds there very well looked after, I also want to praise the store for the level of aftercare they have given me. My second budgie that I took home from there recently was a biter, and I had several sores on my fingers where the little devil had bitten me until I bled. I was exhausted from trying to hand tame him and didn't know what to do, so I called the pet store. The owner was so lovely and understanding, he invited me to return with the budgie so that he could give me some advice. He spent a lot of time talking to me and showed me a better way to handle the bird, as well as giving me advice on taming. He did not ask for payment for his time, did not just say "oh well, give him back and choose another budgie" or dismiss me when I asked for help. This was all done for the benefit of the budgie. I really appreciate this pet store I have nothing but praise for them, and genuinely recommend that any other Canberra people looking to buy a budgie (or any pet!) should go there. It is so important that we support family businesses these days, and especially pet stores who champion the needs of the animals over being handed a fistful of cash. Belconnen Discount Pet Centre is really a lovely store that deserves our business
  6. Hi everyone, I want to make some budgie toys but thought to check here first to make sure my materials are safe. The only thing I am unclear on is some rope that I bought from Lincraft. The label said it was Rayon, and the other word mentioned was Viscose (which I know is synthetic) Do any members know whether these materials are bird safe? I plan to use the rope to thread through beads, so I don't anticipate that there will be any large exposed sections of Rayon that my budgies could get tangled in. I just want to know that if they nibble on the rope (or shred as the case may be with the new addition to my flock!) that they won't be harmed. As to treatments, it is uncoloured rope and doesn't have an obvious chemical smell about it (I read somewhere that this is an easy way to detect treatment for white ropes) and the lady who served me didn't think it had been bleached or treated with chemicals. Thanks for your help!
  7. Hello ! I've noticed that Yoshi has been itching his face on toys etc. (more than usual!) and I've noticed he looks very patchy between the beak and eyes. Sorry about the lighting but you can see the patchyness I am worried that he has feather mites on his face, because he isn't hand tame I can't have a very close look, and my camera is very bad so I'm not sure that these pictures will even be of use to the members. He is very red on the skin above his cere Money is tight at the moment and taking him to the vet isn't an option. I think I might just get some of the insect killing stuff the members recommended elsewhere for feather mites just to be safe? Is there anything else it could be? Sorry my photos aren't very good Thanks for your help everyone
  8. Hi everyone, My budgie and I have just moved into a new house, where we discovered some termite damage. After notifying the owners, we've found out the house has already been fumigated. Nice of them to let us know, hey? What kinds of things do I need to be worried about? Budgie is already home and has been for 24 hours, he is currently in the laundry until the house loses its "new paint smell." I assume that because they have allowed us to move in and know I have a bird then it is safe, but just thought I'd ask the members for their experience. I'll find out whether the house was tented or not too, because I've heard that termites can be killed by "baiting" and other ways that don't involve fumes I think.
  9. Hello members I bought this cage from an op shop today for $5 so that I can transport my bird in the car as I move house. What do you think about its design? What do I need to be careful of when traveling with a budgie in the car? Also, I feel very sad for the bird that obviously had to live in this cage, it's obvious that it was bored as the plastic food containers have chewed up edges. Is it okay to keep them there if I scrub and clean the bejeebus out of them or do they need to be tossed out anyway? I plan to scrub everything down with a wet cloth and leave it in the sun for ages, please let me know if you have any better ideas that will totally kill all the yuckiness.
  10. Hi everyone!!!! I've finally managed to find the details of not one, but TWO Canberra breeders!!!!!! WHEEEEEEEEE!! :D I know this is a late reply, but if anyone happens to stumble upon this thread after a few months and has had no luck, please pm me if you want both phone numbers. YAY!
  11. Thanks for everyone's advice. There is no way I am set up to be a budgie breeder anytime soon, I am just after a little friend for him to chat to and preen Should've made that a bit clearer, sorry guys! !!!! I'd love to know the details of this event you speak of. What is it? Is it open to the public? Are there likely to be pet type birds for sale? :DSo enthusiastic about this comment, have been searching and searching for a budgie community in Canberra but everything listed online so far has been a dead end.
  12. Thanks KAZ. Is it better to get a baby or adult male?
  13. Hello everyone It has been ages since I last posted! My little Yoshi has grown tons and is happy and sociable. He was bought from a pet store (a decent-ish one) and not hand raised so it has been very difficult to tame him. He eats fruit and seeds from our hands and will stand on our finger but not for more than 2 seconds My partner and I are seriously considering getting him a companion bird. I know it is quite a late decision, but when we look to the future it only involves both of us working and going to uni more and hate the idea of having him alone all the time. So my question is, what is the best kind of companion for Yoshi? Male? Female? Young? Old? I just don't want to cause him stress instead of make him happy! He is a male and, although we are not sure of his exact age, I can provide a picture for the members to discuss. There is also a thread I posted somewhere when I first got him that has photos, so that might help. Here is a photo taken 2 minutes ago And here is the link to the post when I first got him: Here are some more recent pics in case these are too fuzzy:
  14. More recent pics la la laaaaaaa! bath time! Not the smartest guy sometimes
  15. I know a few of these photos have been posted to my other threads, but I thought I'd make a topic where I can post photos of my new budgie Yoshi http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-as...0_6634945_n.jpg When he first arrived! So shy http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-sn...1_2150143_n.jpg Getting a bit more brave http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-sn...3_7244503_n.jpg Showing off his markings http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-sn...1_4451321_n.jpg "O hey there" http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-as...7_1914368_n.jpg "Yay, toys!" http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-sn...2_6578455_n.jpg "Is my food. You go away." http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-sn...3_6040216_n.jpg "THE HUMANS SUSPECT NOTHING."
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