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Sexing Your Budgie

We’re so excited to say our new video is up on YouTube!  It’s about determining gender for a budgie. This can sometimes be a pretty tricky endeavor, so we hope you enjoy the little tips and tricks that we’ve added to the video along with a few surprises.  Check it out!

 

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Blue Bird New Bird

Have you met Sango and Sprite? These two are the newest additions to our flock here at The Parakeet Perch! Although we easily figured out a name for Sango, we were stumped on Sprite, our first green(ish) bird! I say greenish, because, she’s actually got a mixture of blue and green on her abdomen. Here she is with Sango and you can see a bit of what I am talking about.

We ended up running a naming contest on our YouTube channel, and one of our viewers suggested Sprite. We love it! The name actually fits both her color and her bubbly personality. Sango, on the other hand, could have been named Scary. He came to us very shy and nervous, hyperventilating often when I would try to handle him or he wasn’t near Sprite. Thank goodness we got them in a pair! He is coming around, now that he’s housed with my other two male parrots who have shown him a bit of confidence. We can’t wait to see how these two birds turn out as they move towards adulthood. Check them and my other birds out on my YouTube channel, The Parakeet Perch!

Lucky-Lou

What a lovely story about how charismatic a female budgie can be and how an owner can be a trusted friend to their bird. I hope you enjoy the share!

WEDNESDAY'S CHILD

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The years after my divorce were pivotal ones for me. I came out of my shell and into my own. It’s not really that I learned to stand on my own two feet, so much as I learned that I had always been able to take care of myself.

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We’re Baaaaack

Hi everyone!  Whew, it has been a minute since we’ve published much from the perch!  Over the last year, we have flown to another home and have been adjusting to changes in jobs and family.  However, 2018 promises to be bigger and better than ever for the birds.  Their new bird room has lots of space for add-ons, so stay tuned for some exciting new surroundings for the birds and some new additions of other kinds (shhhhhh…it’s a surprise).  Thanks for continuing to share our journey with us.  We love you all!

Siri, Sunny, Segoe, Sydney and Sophia

Do Parakeets Make Good Pets?

Here at the perch, I often get asked whether parakeets make good pets.  Although I think they make awesome pets, there are both pros and cons to owning this sweet little parrot.  So….you know, since I am a youtuber and all, I decided to make a video to help those folks who want to know more about budgies as pets.  Check out this fun little video, featuring me, Sydney, Siri, Segoe and Sunny!!!

 

A New Perch and More!

How appropriate!  Just a year after filming our budgie cage tour of the Prevue Hendryx flight cage, we have landed a brand new cage for our birdies. Check it out in our newest YouTube video!!!

 

 

Meet Sunny

Whew, it has been a while since we’ve blogged here at the perch!  Busy schedules, a planned move to the city and new pets have all played a part in the absence, but we just had to take some time to share the exciting news.  We have added a new budgie to our flock named Sunny!  This little bird is full of fun and adventure, and we named her Sunny because she has a “sunny” disposition (you’ll see).

Here she is when we first got her…

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As you can see, she looked a little rough!  Notice how she sits low on her legs and doesn’t stand on a perch properly?  We adopted Sunny, and our avian vet thinks that she probably had a birth defect in her legs that was never taken care of when she was a young chick.  She may have also been picked on by other birds because her feathers looked so rough and misaligned.

Fast forward a few months, and look at her now!

Her feathers are looking much better, and she has a blast exploring things in her cage or flying around the bird room.  She has also become a really strong climber, has the cutest birdie swagger when she is walking along, and loves to hang upside down!

Stay tuned to our YouTube channel for upcoming videos featuring Sunny and the rest of our flock!

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Snack Time

I was recently contacted about doing a post on budgie snacks.  What a perfect request, considering I just got two new snack items to try with my birds!  Now, let me just back up a moment and say that the best snacks I would suggest for birds are birdie safe fruits and vegetables.  These can be fun for your bird to explore and also offer great supplementary nutrition.  Keep in mind that birds can be very finicky, so if they don’t seem to go for one option, try another (offer a new item, offer the same item in a different way, offer the item over a longer period of time, etc.).  Following is a list of some acceptable fruits and veggies.  You can also check out my posts on some fun ways to offer fruits/veggies here.

  • apples (minus the seeds and stem)
  • bananas (minus the peel)
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • grapes
  • kiwis
  • mandarin oranges
  • mango
  • plums
  • corn
  • bell peppers
  • cucumbers

Beyond fruits and veggies, my next suggestion for a fun birdie snack is Lafeber’s Nutri-Berries.  These little round balls of birdie fun are great because they include pellets along with fun seeds and grains.  Here is what they look like:

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Finally, for some fun and added nutrition, you can try either of these items by Higgins.  The egg food offers an additional source of protein, so I am using that to help prepare my female for breeding.  And the greens…oh they smell so good!  You can get these items on the internet as well as at some pet stores and bird shows.

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So what are you waiting for?  Create some more excitement around your bird’s snacktime by offering a variety of items and even something new from time to time.  You never know when your bird will find a new favorite.

Berry Christmas

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This week we are bringing you another great budgie holiday enrichment idea. How about edible presents!!! Just go to your local hobby store or craft/wedding section of most discount retailers and get some plain boxes. No dyes, no embellishments…just plain. Don’t worry, you get to fun them up in just a minute.

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Next, get some jute string or other means to tie presents which is safe (undyed/untreated) for budgies (raffia and sisal also work nicely).

Once you construct the boxes, place a fun treat inside (millet works well, as can Nutri-Berries) and wrap the presents in plain paper, black and white  newspaper, or even kale! You can then tie them up and present them to your bird(s) for some edible Christmas fun!

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20151223_162356.jpgEXTRA TIP: If you budgie doesn’t want to get inside the boxes, you can punch holes in the side before wrapping them to help your bird smell and see the treat inside!  You can also present these boxes plain, without wrapping them, to make it easier for your bird to get inside!

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