How Do I Care for the Special Needs of an Older Budgie?

Debra C. wants to know how to care for the special needs of an older budgie,

I love all of the wonderful info about taking better care of my birds that I am able to take away from your newsletters.

But I am especially wanting more info on how to meet all the needs of my precious 9-year-old Goofus.

She still gets around in her cage pretty well most of the time by climbing, She is a fast climber. Sometimes she flies, I have added extra perches across the length of the cage so she doesn’t have to fly far.

She seems to have her good days and her not-so-good ones. But she seems happy. She and my much younger male budgie Lavender have fallen in love and are mostly inseparable.

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Have You Ever Experienced a Bird With “Bumblefoot”?

Karen C. asks,

 

Have you ever experienced dealing with a bird that has developed what they are calling “bumblefoot”?

 

I have a parakeet that has a sore spot on the bottom of one of its feet.

 

When I looked it up on the internet it didn’t seem like much could be done and this little guy isn’t finger trained.

 

He was a rescue along with 3 other birds.

 

It’s quite a feat to catch him at all and I don’t want to stress him out anymore than the poor thing already is.

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Why Are My Darling Birdling Female Parakeets Not Getting Along?

Barbara T. writes

 

My darling birdlings, parakeets, happen to both be female.

 

One, MoonShadow, is approx 7 years old…a rescue.

 

When her partner passed last year, after the funeral, MoonBirdy was sooo lonely, depressed, inactive.

 

We, in mid pandemic, bought a pet shop friend for her. Of course, the pet shop attendant assured my husband Mercury was Male.
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How Can I Get My New Budgie to Cohabitate With My Old Budgie?

Barbara T. wants to know

 

My darling birdlings, parakeets, happen to both be female. One, Moonshadow, is approx 7 years old…a rescue.

 

When her partner passed last year, after the funeral, Moonbirdy was sooo lonely, depressed, inactive.

 

We, in mid pandemic, bought a pet shop friend for her. Of course, the pet shop attendant assured my husband Mercury was Male.

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How Can I Help My Budgie Stop Laying Eggs?
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How Can I Help My Budgie Stop Laying Eggs?

Kristy L. asks,

 

How can I help my budgie stop laying eggs?

 

We have allowed her to have two clutches and I can’t have any more babies.

 

Our vet wanted a depo shot which we did once with the vet’s advice and I don’t like what it did to her personality.

 

It’s been three months and now she has laid 2 eggs.

 

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Should I Remove a Budgie With Splayed Legs From the Nest Box?

Kyndra B.  relates,   

     

One of my baby budgies (about 2-3 weeks old) has splayed legs but is still in the nest box and being fed and cared for by the mom. 

 

Is it okay for me to remove the baby to put bands on the legs and then place it back in the nest box?

 

I don’t want the mother to stop feeding/caring for it because I handled it.

 

I also don’t want the splayed legs to go untreated for too long.

 

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How Do I Treat My Female Parakeet’s Feather Cyst?

to Mitch[email protected]

 

Hello, love your website have a parakeet female about 5 years old with a cyst on the left wing.

 

Our avian vet was not too helpful only said it could be a feather cyst after I suggested it.

 

She does not seem uncomfortable but the cyst is getting bigger mostly pink with whatever color of feather appears any suggestions?

 

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Is a Prevue 3181 the Right Size Playstand for My Parakeet?
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Is a Prevue 3181 the Right Size Playstand for My Parakeet?

Lisa H. wants to know,

Did I buy the right size play stand for my parakeet?

Hello. I probably should have asked you this Before I bought the play stand, but I was excited to receive it.

So now, before I open it, I would love to hear your opinion if I did right.

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Is There a Difference Between a Parakeet and a Budgie?

Gabriella M. expresses these thoughts,

 

I’ve always had parakeets or budgies growing up.

 

I’ve always had one male and we always bonded.

 

I taught them to speak they all knew many many words they were adorable so I’m in the market for another budgie or parakeet but could you tell me the difference?

 

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