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Good morning, I'm Jen. I recently became the owner/carer of two female budgies as my best friend's breeding pair have been producing prolifically and space was at a premium over there. I have never owned birds before and hope I'm doing at least some things right. The girls' names are Ally (she's all white, so my friend's kids called her Al for albino) and Blaise (she's mostly blue). I have a large garage with a window up one end so the girls live in there, out of the wind and weather and with a view. During the day when I'm home I put their cage outside in the fresh air and the winter sun which they seem to love. I believe they are about a year old and they seem to bicker a lot, unfortunately. They have toys and a mirror each, shell grit, good quality seed, treats and veggies to eat and two different water containers since they seem to want to bathe in one. They have a swing which Ally has pretty much commandeered, although Blaise is the dominant bird. I'm not used to handling them and am nervous about it so I haven't tried. Any advice experienced budgie owners have would be greatly appreciated, I really want to give these girls a happy life. Oh, the reason they live in the garage is because I have two cats, who are inside cats so I can't bring the birds inside. My cats absolutely cannot get near the birds but find them extremely interesting to watch when they are outside in their cage. Anyway, hello from Ally and Blaise and I!

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Hi Jen, welcome. Sounds like you have everything under control. They may bicker a bit until they decide the "pecking order". They don't need mirrors, (they do their heads in) is a phrase used on here.

A spray of millet now and then would probably be a hit. They love outdoor's and need some sun for vit d. :)

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Hi, welcome :)

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Welcome to the forum.

 

I agree with the removal of the mirrors. They might bicker as they might be fighting for their friend in the mirror. Each defending their friend. Removing the mirrors means that they will other, not their friend in the mirror, possibly leading to less bickering.

 

Be careful when you put he cage outside. Other birds like noisy minors (grey native birds that always seem to travel in packs) will often swoop at cages/aviaries and try to attack the birds inside.

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I know I'm seeing this rather late, but in addition to taking out the mirrors, something you can do to promote harmony would be to make sure there are two (at least) of everything. Such as feeding spots, drinkers and swings. Budgies like to do the same things at the same time as each other, so with two of everything, they won't have to chase each other away from stuff.

 

And welcome to the forum. :) I hope you are still around!

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Two of everything - that's a helpful advice. I notice that with my two, one feeds while the other looks on and tries to get in every now and then but gets pushed back. I'll set up another feeder.

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