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  2. 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?
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  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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  7. 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.
  8. moeeziqb

    My Aviary

    Awesome setups and looks great but I have check that website which help us to create aviaries I hope its also help all of you Visit Top Birds Aviary to read about Birds Aviary Style design and types.
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  10. Hi formecutter, Sorry for the late reply. Have there been any developments yet?
  11. 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 !!!
  12. 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.😭
  13. 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!!
  14. 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.
  15. 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 😉
  16. Whats best to use in my budgies cage 100%woodchip or sand for the substrate
  17. We just got 2 new budgies we are thinking the blue one is a female and that the green one might be a male?? I'm a new owner and I'm having a hard time figuring out their genders.The one we think is female (Blue) has a light brown and dark brown cere we think she is about 8 months old to a yearThe one we think is a Male (Green & yellow) has a pink cere with white rings around the nose which is why we are a bit unsure if he is actually a he
  18. Here are a few basic things: 1. Only breed when your birds are at least 10 months old 2. Never colony breed. One pair per cage only 3. You will need a nesting box for them. Put it in when the hens cere is tan coloured 4. Never allow more than two nests per year. Remove the nesting box when the last chick from the second nest has fledged and bury any remaining eggs Good luck
  19. Use a perch outside the cage get him to step up onto the perch outside the cage. If happy in the cage will probably eventually go back in the cage by itself.
  20. Hi all! I recently bought a supposed 'Brother' for my budgie, turns out he is a she. So now i'm considering breeding. It's a long way off since she's only 5 months old and he is only 8 months, but it gives me time to research. Any breeders here that could give me some tips on what it's like? I just bought a nice large cage i'm fixing up for them. I'm hoping they will bond. Right now the female keeps chasing him off but I assume it's because she's not in the right mating condition. Thanks so much for your help in advance!! (:
  21. Hi Apple Cider, nice to meet you Cider is a very handsome boy nice colours, I live between Uk and Philippines also lived in Perth for about 6 months. I've been breeding budgies for about a year and love it, I only do it as a hobby there in Phili, Ive just finished work mate and got to take a shower. hope you've had a great day take care. Barrie. in the **** hole uk.
  22. K7691

    Cabbage

    Thank you,for this info, was going to feed my 2 Budgies cabbage & googled whether its best to give raw or cooked but don't get a straight answer whether the cabbage should be cooked or be fed raw, so now I will not attempt to give cabbage....
  23. G introducing my boy Cider
  24. No problem! Glad to help!
  25. Hello Everyone, My name is Nazim Sheikh and from Pakistan. Kindly guide me how I can get TCB hagoromo with cross breeding. thanks.
  26. Your bird is beautiful! He looks like a male to me. How old is he? He looks like he is 6 months old to me. Hope this helped! YellowFeather
  27. Hello all, I'm a first timer to this forum so I hope I come across okay. I'd like to present an issue I am having with my budgie chicks where they keep dying at the age of 2 weeks, so here is the following info: Cage contains mineral block and cuttle fish Water contains vitamin D3 and calcium Seed has diatomaceous earth mixed in Room is the laundry which is at a constant 21C (even within winter as a heat lamp is above the cage) Budgies are fed baby spinach twice a day (can't get enough of) they are also given veges (celery carrot and broccoli that is minced up). They aren't too keen on this as I ruined the mix with the last clutch by adding Paswell Budgie Starter of which they hated. Prior to that though they used to eat all of the veges. Given that this has happened the second time around, something is clearly astray. According to the breeder that we purchased the birds from, this would now equate to this being their third clutch. Very different behaviour from second to third though with both the male and female being in the box almost constantly. This did not happen with the second where both the male and female were out of the box regularly, not for long, but still it was different, so I question whether this was actually their first clutch? Is there a conditioning to their new environment? Anyway, we get to two weeks (just before the feathers start poking out of their skin) and they die. Two nights ago we made the decision to hand feed the two largest birds due to the first chick dying. They had a small amount of food in their crop which looked like baby spinach and we proceeded to feed them a formula mix at 37C. All was going well until the next morning they had died. Looking at them there is not obvious tell tale signs of trouble anywhere, they just look pale. Coming into the so-called third clutch we were suspicious of the mother having the capacity to feed them and still don't properly know here, which is why we started to hand feed the last two clutches. I have noticed that the formula contains soy and I read a number of years ago about a study in New Zealand of the effects with birds eating food containing soy. Have any of yourselves had affects from this? My last question is to do with water. We supplement the water with D3 and calcium but the water itself is mineralised through our water filter system. I have heard this can have an affect, but I would think that if this is an issue then the chicks would be dying a lot earlier. So should I be using bottled water? Any help that you could provide would be greatly appreciated as going through this again is devastating, and talking to kids about it doesn't help matters either. I bred canarys and finches when I was a child and I never thought for a second that budgies would be this challenging. Thanks in advance for any input.
  28. Hello Jane and welcome to the forums! My advice would be to try to clipping your birds wings, but do not attempt to do this if you aren’t really sure what you are doing. Clipping his wings will help you train him better because he will not be able to just fly away, therefore giving you a better shot at training him. Try to spend as much time as possible with him, and talk to him. Also, you probably should remove the mirror if he interacts with it and treats it like another bird. If he doesn’t it probably is not an issue. And try to keep hand feeding him like you mentioned as much as possible. Start by trying to hold him in his cage first as well, then progress to holding him outside of the cage. As for his diet, try finely dicing vegetables or fruits into his food box with his normal food. It will make him have to eat around the “gross stuff” and he will eventually eat some, and find out that it isn’t that bad. Note: do NOT give your bird avocado, as it is toxic to them. Good luck! Keep me updated. Hope this helped! YellowFeather
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