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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!

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

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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Putting in a Nestbox

Have you ever wondered how to install a nestbox in your budgie’s cage?  We have a great video that shows you exactly how!  Check it out:

Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

We are so excited here at the perch because the holiday season is in full swing.  In an effort to include the birds in all the festivities, and to get you guys excited about celebrating the holidays with your birds, we are going to share some holiday themed enrichment ideas over the next few weeks!

This first one is both simple and fun.  Remember those cute little folded snowflakes you made around this time of year in elementary school?  Let’s bring those back…this time for your birds!  If you don’t remember how to make them, stay tuned for some instructions.  Then it’s up to you to let your imagination soar from there.

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Materials Needed:

White paper (do not used colored paper, as dyes can be bad for your birds)

Scissors

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Let it Snow:

Cut the paper into squares roughly matching the size of snowflakes you want.  I used 8.5 x 11 inch computer paper, folding down 2.5 inches from the top and cutting the extra section off so that I could get perfect squares!  These can be folded again, for smaller squares.

Next, I folded the squares in a series of triangles.  Here are all the steps:

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After you have your small triangular shape, cut the excess top off (so that it’s straight along the top and includes all layers of paper).  Then trim to create a pattern of your choice and unfold carefully.

The possibilities are endless, so let your imagination flow! You can also click here for some easy instructions and patterns you can print out and just cut (how easy it that).  The patterns with holes near the top are best, since you will then be able to hang the snowflakes in your bird’s cage!  Speaking of hanging, some things you can use to secure the snowflakes include carabiner clips and  screw links. 20151201_095035.jpg

If you have some toys around that aren’t being used, you can take the hangers from them temporarily to save time and money.  You could also hang the snowflakes on toys, prop them up in the cage (I just don’t recommend putting them on the cage floor, as they’ll get pooped on), or attach them to perches.  Again, let your imagination be your guide.

Depending on your budgie(s), you might be able to put your decorations right in the cage and allow them to be enjoyed, or you may have to put the snowflakes near the cage a few days to let your bird(s) get used to them.  If your bird seems frightened or won’t go near the decorations, definitely try option #2!

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We hope you enjoy adding some holiday cheer to your bird’s environment this season.  If you do try this project, please share your pictures on our Facebook page in response to this post…we can’t wait to see what you come up with !!!

Pop! Corn. It’s for the birds.

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.

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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!

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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)!

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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.