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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!!!

 

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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.

Goodness Grapes

an apple, grapes and kale

Here at the perch, we get a lot of questions about what fresh foods budgies can eat.  There are lots, and they are a great addition to your bird’s diet!  Instead of just listing them off, however, we thought it would be much more fun to start sharing some fast and easy recipes utilizing fruits and veggies budgies can eat.  The first is for a fun salad we have named “Goodness Grapes.”  We just had to start with a tribute to grapes, since it’s a favorite of both Siri and Soma.

Goodness Grapes Budgie Salad

Ingredients:

Grapes

Apples

Kale

Directions:

Wash all fruit and kale thoroughly. If you can buy organic, it is better for your bird(s).  Then take the seeds out of the grapes if necessary (or buy seedless….hello!) and cut a pretty good sized chunk of apple which has no seeds in it.  Next, cut each ingredient into very small portions.  As you can see from the photo below, the pieces need to be pretty tiny for a budgie.  Mix even amounts of each ingredient and serve.  You can give it to your bird(s) in a bowl or scatter it on a surface, if your budgie(s) like to forage.  Also, don’t become discouraged if your birdie doesn’t try it right away, or even on the same day.  Parakeets can sometimes take a while to warm up to something new.  Keep experimenting with ways to present the salad and be patient!  I like to keep a few large leaves of kale to serve whole, as my budgies like to bathe and nibble on them!  If that is the case with your bird(s), you can try sprinkling the salad around the larger pieces of greens to entice them.  Enjoy!

Final Day in the Nestbox

Siri and Soma of The Parakeet Perch sitting in the nestbox
Siri and Soma of The Parakeet Perch sitting in the nestbox

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!

Siri and Soma in their nestbox
Siri and Soma in their nestbox