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!
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…
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!
One of my favorite forms of enrichment for my budgies is …popcorn!!! It’s fun to make, the birds love it, and I can sneak in a few nibbles myself when no one is looking.
You’ll want to make it in the microwave in a brown paper bag or a microwave popcorn popper, as that way you can make it plain. Don’t add anything like butter and salt, since these are ingredients that are no good for budgies.
To save time, I make a pretty big batch and store it in the refrigerator! It keeps for quite some time and is very handy for a quick treat!
Make sure to not give your bird large quantities of popcorn at a time, and only give the popped kernels. Although it’s fun for most birds to explore and eat, it doesn’t supply any real nutrition for your feathered friend(s), so you still want to keep them motivated to eat their more nutritious regular diet (I only give about three kernels at a time to two budgies).
I will leave you with a picture of our Segoe hanging on to his little fluffy kernel of corn. How cute is that??? I hope you enjoy sharing this fun treat with your bird(s)!
One of our first, and still most popular, videos on YouTube is the one below. In it, we show how to teach a budgie free flight to a hand. So much fun! Budgies are quick and eager learners, so this can be used as a starting point for other flight tricks including retrieves! Enjoy the video, and be sure to check out some of our other fun budgie videos.
Siri and Soma are still laying eggs in our nestbox! There are two left which I haven’t checked, so I will let them sit for another day and then I will pull them, make sure they are infertile, and then discard them. This is unless there are baby chicks forming, which is highly unlikely. I will be heading to our local hardware store today to find some materials to patch up the hole where the nextbox currently attaches to the cage. This will allow me to remove the box and hopefully discourage the girls from laying more eggs (the holidays are coming…take a break budgies, whew)! For now though, happy sitting ladies!
Our birds Siri and Soma are laying eggs! I expected them to be infertile, as I have separated the two girls from my male Segoe for the time being. However this evening I decided to candle the eggs to make absolutely sure there were no babies forming within them. As I suspected, there were not! I just had to share a picture of the eggs illuminated by a flashlight as I candled them. So cute!
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