The humble budgie is regularly a child’s first pet in Australia. They are easy to tame, great companions and low maintenance, but they need a proper set-up.
The most important aspect is the cage. Make sure to get one that is spacious horizontally to encourage flight. Perches should be positioned at different heights, vary in thickness, and be made of natural wood like paperbark or gum. Don’t place food or water sources directly beneath a perch, as they will get contaminated by droppings. Give your birds one bowl for dried food, such as seeds and pellets, and another for wet food like fruit and vegies – but no avocado (can be toxic for birds) or lettuce (diarrhoea).
Budgies love to be entertained. Keep them stimulated with toys that encourage natural behaviours like chewing and climbing. A little mirror provides visual stimulation. If you want your bird to be comfortable with human handling, gently take it out of the cage for no longer than 10 minutes, several times a day, and handle it for that short period.
For this you need a male and female over 12 months of age. Place a sturdy nesting box on the outside of the cage, and ensure it has a hinged lid so you can check inside. Supply your birds with a mineral and calcium block.