Is Budgie Breeding Predictable or With Unexpected Consequences?

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We have a large aviary cage with 8 parakeet rescues, 5 girls, and 3 boys.  The census has been up to 10, but a few have passed over the years.

We recently moved the cage from a bright front room in the downstairs store, upstairs to our living space where it is not as lit up from several windows but the room does have over 20 lighting fixtures).

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What Species of Parrots Make the Best Pets?

Let’s start with parrots falling under a definite no. 

Kea for one. The New Zealand Alpine parrot lives in the snowy mountains and is really smart but extremely destructive.
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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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