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Hello, I just signed up because of some unexpected events today:)

 

My partner and I went to a bbq at a friend's house, which he just moved into. The previous inhabitants had a big outdoor aviary full of budgies, and have collected all but two (two very pretty yellow females). They promised to come back for them, but that was weeks ago and nothing has happened, and the birds were running out of food and water and there was a big padlock on the door, so our friend was asking us if we wanted them or knew someone who did. I went and inspected them and found no food or water whatsoever. Both my partner and I are into animal rights and all that stuff, so we broke into the aviary and provided them with some water. I later went and got some seeds which I will give to our friend later tonight so he can feed them.

 

We also agreed to take them.... I had budgies as a teenager, in a small indoor cage, so I'm somewhat familiar with them..

 

So now we need to organise somewhere to keep them. I'm relcutant to keep them indoor in a cage which is bound to be much smaller than their current aviary, because I can imagine they would have grown up in their outdoor aviary and don't seem to like humans that much, so I'm afraid they would be miserable indoors. On the other hand, we live in the suburbs and have neighbours all around us. Will the birds be too noisy to keep outdoors?

 

Any advice will be greatly appreciated...

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Will they give you the aviary to use? I have budgies in my yard and their sweet chatter is actually uite pretty and to most is not intrusive at all. Where do you live, if you are in Melbourne I might be able to help with something :)

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Thanks for your reply.

 

No, we will have to build our own aviary, and I was just looking online for a simple but effective way to do it, and think I've found a setup that will work.. It's basically just a frame and netting with a roof and some form of shelter on 2 sides, plus perches and some kind of box to hide in.. Sound good?

 

We're in Brisbane:)

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In all honesty by the time you buy materials you would be better off just looking on ebay :)

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Having been deprived of proper food and water, you need to check their actual health. Have they poopy bottoms and can you feel their keelbone on their chest. If they have poopy bottoms it will need to be cleaned away and they will need some warmth like a lamp with 25-40 watt globe and some calcivet in their water for a few days.

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Thanks for your reply.

 

No, we will have to build our own aviary, and I was just looking online for a simple but effective way to do it, and think I've found a setup that will work.. It's basically just a frame and netting with a roof and some form of shelter on 2 sides, plus perches and some kind of box to hide in.. Sound good?

 

We're in Brisbane:)

 

Hi & welcome :)

Good on ya for taking them ... Poor little buggers :)

Netting or WIRE MESH as birds will eat the netting

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Seeing as there is only 2 budgies to house,They will not need a avary,a cage will do. till you can find them a home.

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Why would it take a long time to buy materials? I can get everything tonight if I want, but more likely tomorrow, as we have plans for tonight. Already looked on ebay but quite frankly am not willing to spend $200 on a proper aviary.

 

I intend to keep them, not rehome them, but if you think they will be fine in an indoor cage without being miserable, then that's prolly what I would go for, simply because it's easier and cheaper.

 

I didn't really get a close look at them, but they look perfectly healthy, they don't look skinny or anything. Our friend said they were 'running low' on food, so most likely they ran out in the last day or so, because he was convinced there was some food left in there when I went to check on them. There were also heaps of seeds on the ground, so they might be able to find something among those to eat.

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As Macka says a cage would do in the meantime. Check them more closely for signs of ill health...especially their bottoms. Its like taking temperature in people but with budgies you check their butts and poops. :)

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Right, learnt something new already:)

 

How big should the cage be?

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I didn't mean time, I meant cost :) Wire mesh is expensive and keep in mind that timber is okay(not treated) but not ideal as it is hard to keep clean.

 

What about THIS ONE :)

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Aha:) Yes, that one looks quite good and good price. How did I miss that.. hmmm. I will keep an eye on it and bid on it if the price doesn't increase too much. Thanks:)

 

I can't remember which store I saw it at, but some kind of bargain store nearby had a fairly large bird cage pretty cheap a few weeks ago. If I can't get a proper aviary I might go with that...

 

I basically just want them out of where they are now and into a place where I can give them some proper care asap...

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Hi and welcome. Good on you for taking the budgies. You mentioned earlier you would give them a box to hide in... they don't need one. This will encourage them to breed, which you don't need. Good luck with them... We have loads of information here, and be sure to ask anything. If it were me, I'd maybe keep them in a nice big cage. They have some at JJ Aviaries: JJ Aviaries/Petmania. BF2 is the one I have, and happily keep two budgies in mine. They are located in Sydney but may be able to ship it to you.

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Something like this would be brilliant : CAGE

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Thanks for the articles and links, I will have a closer look at them.

 

They are 2 females so they won't be breeding, but good to know they don't need a box:)

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Thanks for the articles and links, I will have a closer look at them.

 

They are 2 females so they won't be breeding, but good to know they don't need a box:)

 

:) No worries... Good luck and let us know how you go and what you decide!

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I must say it is lovely to see a new member who is here to take on good advice and learn the dos and don'ts of budgies, I hope you enjoy your new pets as much as the members here enjoy our budgies :)

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You have received excellent advice, I just wanted to say welcome.

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I am just dropping in to say welcome too ;)

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Thanks:)

 

I have decided to go for the indoor cage, something along the lines of the BF2 from JJ Aviaries, or possibly something a bit bigger, depends on the price and what the pet store just down the street has available.

 

Will hopefully be able to get the birds today.

 

 

Thanks for the advice:)

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Looks like a good cage for them ;)

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You have received great advice, I just wanted to say welcome also :)

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Hi, welcome :)

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Thanks:)

 

Went to the pet store today to check out their cages. It only opened a couple days ago so they only had one big galvanised type cage with stand, and some very small ones. Nothing had any prices, so I asked but was told that she had no idea, and I'd have to ask the manager. So I said 'okay, can you get her?' And she said 'no, she's in the grooming room at the moment' so we said 'fine, we'll wait' and we waited and waited and it took ages and we finally decided to leave. The big one looked too expensive anyway, and the small ones were too small.

 

So I will look at a different pet store either tomorrow or Wednesday. At least I gave the seeds to our friend so the birds have something to nibble on for a few days.

 

What do you use to transport them in? Can I get a little box or something at the pet store do you think?

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