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?

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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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Should You Really Buy the Biggest Cage You Can Afford?

Karen C. asks,

I know you’re supposed to house your pet in the largest cage you can afford.

At least that’s what I’ve read in past issues of Bird Talk.

Anyway, I’ve done my share of parakeet rescues and as of now, I’m down to 2 birds.

They’re housed in an older Prevue cage #F099 which I purchased when a pet shop by us was going out of business and was selling out their stock.


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How Do I Reduce My Male Budgies Aggression?

I look forward to getting your email every Sunday and reading it has become as much a ritual as the old Sunday paper.

And now I have a question for you.

Thunder and Lightning are my bonded parakeets.

I’ve had them for years.

Last summer I saw more and more breeding activity, so I bought a box and let nature take its course.

Thunder laid four eggs, one of which was fertilized.


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Zen And The Art Of Budgerigar Maintenance


a small gregarious Australian parakeet that in the wild is green with a yellow head. It is popular as a pet bird and has been bred into a variety of colors.

This article about budgies was originally written on April 14, 2010. Fast-forward to the fall of 2016 when we acquired Bacon our first budgie.

Today our family includes 4 budgies, Bacon, Eggs, Toast, Jam which we appropriately named the Breakfast Club. (and Peaches our Rescue Senegal too!)

If you going to talk the talk then you must walk the walk” has been said an infinite number of times over the years.

Cleaning and feeding 4 millet-loving budgies and a Senegal on a daily basis provides lots of insight which allows me to understand what all of you go through daily to one degree or another.


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