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Fruity Fun

I am so excited because I recently received some stainless steel skewers I ordered for my birds.

These things are AWESOME!

They can be used to skewer different fruits and vegetables so that they may be hung in the cage and enjoyed by birds as they get in the mood to snack. Since it’s very important to include fresh foods in birds’ diets, this is a great addition to any birdie lovin’ household.

As far as what can be placed on the skewers, the possibilities are endless.  You can add a big chunk of one type of fruit (like papaya) or cut fruit into smaller chunks and make a fun, colorful kabob (apples, pears and bananas are a fun combination).

Just make sure to remove seeds from the offerings, as these can be very bad for budgies!  Here is Soma, enjoying his first kabob!

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Make sure the food on the skewers stays fresh in the cage.  Once it gets brown, wilty, gooey and/or yucky, you’ll want to toss the fruits/veggies in the trash (or better yet, the compost pile…your flowers will thank you).  It’s also important to clean skewers properly in between uses to keep things santitary!

If food becomes boring, you can also try adding some toys or things for your budgies to play with.  Paper, wood and other things can make great toy components, as long as they are safely used!

It’s so important to give our birds a variety of things to keep them healthy and entertained.  Skewers can be a large part of this…how creative can you get with them?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s a Boy! No Wait…It’s a Girl!

One of the questions that we keep getting here at the perch is how to determine the sex of a budgie.  Well, and occasionally we get pictures of budgies, ceres (fleshy part around a bird’s nostrils) front and center, with a plea to deliver the news to the owner…is it a boy or a girl?  And we didn’t even deliver the baby budgie…it’s pretty amazing.

Anyhoo, we would like to shed some light on budgie sexing, in hopes that budgie owners everywhere can enjoy a little certainty about the gender of their bird.  And, to a lesser degree, we would love to help you not name your female bird Larry (yes, we know of one).

Let’s start simply.  Remember the cere we talked about earlier?  That is a very important component of determining budgie sex.  In many cases, if the cere is blue, you have a boy.  If it remains brown or pink, it’s a girl.

Here’s and example of a handsome budgie boy:

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And here is a girl:

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Albino budgie via The Parakeet Perch

 

Not too hard at all, right?  Well, there are a few other things to consider. First of all, age of the bird is important.  Budgies can take up to a year to mature. and it can take that long for the cere to take on its final color!  One way to know that you have an immature bird is to consider the barring (lines) that the bird has on the top of its head. If the lines are almost all the way to the cere, you’ve got a young bird (much like the blue one below):

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Also, some color mutations can throw all of the aforementioned theories out of the water!  According to http://www.birds-online.de:

“Examples for these difficult mutations are albino, lutino or fallow budgies . Also some pieds derive from the above mentioned rules.”

http://www.birds-online.de/allgemein/geschlecht_en.htm

If your bird has a color mutation, a boy could look like a girl because the cere color is “washed out.”  Oh boy….literally!  Here is my budgie Segoe, a young male with a color mutation:

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So how do I know (reasonably) that he’s a boy?  I have determined it behaviorally.  Male budgies tend to talk more often than females and they like to flirt with the girls.  So if your bird does these things, you most likely have a boy!

A final note.  You can have a budgie’s sex determined by a veterinarian surgically or genetically.  Visit here for a great article about that process!  It is a little more involved and does cost money, but it is also fairly accurate and very helpful if you are trying to breed your budgie(s).

 

 

 

Flying to You

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.