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About chillybudgie

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  1. We have for sale one cobalt blue, male budgie. He hatched on 24th November 2014 - bred from an albino female and a sky blue spangle male (see photo below). He appears to be of normal colouration - no mutation. He has been hand tamed from 3 weeks old, and is already jumping on the finger to come outside of the cage. He is eating on his own, and has taken to eating millet, fresh grass seed on stalk, parsley, oregano and spinach. He is still mastering the art of flying, but is getting the hang of it quite quickly. Absolutely beautiful nature. Excellent pet, would be great for futu
  2. We need to re-home our beautiful blue clearwing - Kylie. She would be suitable as a pet only - no breeding. She is 2.5 years old and lacks the 'nesting' instinct. In June 2014, she became egg-bound. With the help of our amazing avian vet, and about 2 months of TLC, she made a full recovery. She has gone on to lay 2 clutches of eggs, however she does so off the perch. We have given her a nesting box, however it doesn't seem she registers the fact that she's supposed to go in and lay in there. She kept laying as we believe she never "completed" the breeding cycle. A few weeks ago, we separa
  3. Hey Budgie_Smuggler, you have some beautiful violets!! Marg is in fantastic condition!! Saw this thread reactivated, and since I'm new there, thought I'd post up a couple pictures of my greywing, Milton He's a good boy, posing for his photo What's that weird looking thing in your hand mummy??!
  4. I see this post has had a few views, so I thought I'd post an update to provide an insight just in case anyone else sees something similar in the future. Daisy passed away last Thursday (her baby photo is my profile picture). I called my avian vet (who we were on the way to see when she had a heart attack) who suggested I still bring her for a post mortem. The results were that she had cirrhosis of the liver, and this had resulted in an accumulation of fluid in her abdomen. The amount of fluid had increased to such a level that it was putting pressure on her air sacs and heart. Eventua
  5. Thanks for your response Finnie. I can't for the life of me think of what might have gone wrong. Everyone was happy and healthy at the time the little ones hatched and they too seemed to be healthy and growing! We were keeping everything clean, fresh foods and water to the parents each day...so frustrating to think that something may have gotten in there and killed them all! There seems to be enough doubt cast in my mind as to the babies' deaths to make me think we should give Blondie another clutch to see what happens. We'll wait till Spring now though - winter is brutally cold here and n
  6. Hi all, More dramas... My Daisy is experiencing some unusual symptoms. 3 weeks ago she developed a strange gurgling noise with intermittent coughing. No discharge from her nose, and droppings were normal. Took her to the vet who prescribed antibiotics (first injection was Baytril, then onto Clavulox for 5 days). On the 5th day, the vet also recommended treating for air sac mite, just in case, so she had a dose of Ivomec. Whether it was the antibiotic, or the Ivomec we don't know, but she responded and seemed to make a full recovery for a 2 week period. The vet also had us treat (once s
  7. It certainly sounds like she's getting enough calcium if she's smashing the cuttlebone that much! Doesn't sound like she's egg bound at the moment from what you mentioned. In order to check her out properly, you may just need to catch her and give her chest and rump area a good inspection to see what's going on. Budgies usually only puff up (when healthy) when they're tired and are going to sleep. Being consistently puffed up though is generally not a good sign. If they're content, they'll likely sit there and chirp their little beaks off! So far as I understand it, tumours are just on
  8. Hi Aquafroste, I guess the first question is aside from the lump, is her vent normal? If she's egg bound, the vent is usually distended and you may even be able to see the egg. If all looks normal around there, it's likely she's not egg bound. I must say if she's eating the cuttlebone, it's likely she doesn't have an egg binding problem. If she is, make the room nice and warm and then rub a bit of olive oil on her vent to help her pass the egg. From your description, it may be possible she's producing eggs, but you also need to consider that the lump may also be a tumour of some sort. The
  9. Hmmm, you make a very interesting point Kaj. Implementing the measures to keep her up off the chicks, therefore attempting to rule out a genetic condition or illness, would be a valid reason to give her another go. We have a good avian vet, so that's a great idea, if we do have more deaths next time. I think I need not to get so excited next time at any rate. This was the first time we bred the male, who we had bred from our original pair (both have now passed) - so it was a 'sentimental' clutch of sorts. Cheers
  10. Thanks Katie! Been on here reading as much as I can already and getting a few tips
  11. Thanks Phill. If we give her another go, that's a good idea to implement from straight away. Cheers, Kristy
  12. I headed over to the "Budgie Breeding" > Discussion section to post about the issue I'm having (entitled "Female budgie suffocating chicks").
  13. Hello all - I would very much appreciate your opinions on a problem I'm having with one of my females. Earlier this year, she laid her first clutch of 5 eggs. She did not sit on them and after the alloted 21 days, we had to get rid of them. In early April, she laid another clutch of 5. She started sitting after 2 days and did a wonderful job. We thought she was a bit slow on the uptake about what to do with the eggs with the first clutch, so were happy when she started sitting. She successfully hatched all 5 eggs in early May (so we're talking less than 2 weeks ago). On the day the
  14. Hello everyone, My name is Kristy. My husband and I have a flock of 5 budgies, who are like part of the family. We have them paired off in separate cages (the 5th, a cobalt clearwing female - Kylie - is on her own due to the unexpected passing of her mate late last year). We also have Daisy (a cobalt greywing) and Charlie (a sky blue spangle), who were paired late last year and we intend to breed them come spring, as well as Milton (a violet greywing) and Blondie (an albino), who have been paired for well over a year now and have just bred. Blondie experienced epic fail with her most r