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Budgies make excellent pets, they are attractive, colourful and easy to tame. They can be taught to mimic sounds and talk. Their requirements are very simple. They can be kept alone but prefer the company of their own species.
If housed indoors a wire cage with a plastic base is required, the cage should have some horizontal bars on it to allow climbing. Bars should be no wider than 12 mm apart to prevent escape. Use perches covered with sandpaper as this will file their nails and avoid clipping which is stressful for your bird. The cage should be located away from draughts and direct sunlight. They should be let out of their cage daily to exercise, make sure all doors and windows are closed when you do this. The cage should contain plenty of toys to keep your budgie stimulated especially if it is kept on its own. Covering the cage with a cloth at night will encourage him to settle down to sleep. A bath should be provided either fixed to the outside of the cage or a shallow bowl placed inside the cage. Budgies can also be kept outdoors in a purpose-built aviary
A good quality budgerigar mix makes a good basic diet. Cuttlefish should be made available which acts as a vitamin supplement and helps grind the beak down. Small pieces of fresh fruit, vegetables or millet may also be given as treats. Fresh drinking water should always be available. Water bottles and feed bowls should be cleaned daily.
Budgies can live up to 15 years.
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