Often times, people have misconceptions about budgies. Due to budgies being one of the most popular bird choice for owners, many people have questions that regard them and when no one properly answers them, it often leads to false conclusions.
These are the most common questions and misconceptions, answered.
Is a budgie different from a parakeet?
Budgies are commonly referred to as parakeets but the word parakeet actually describes any small parrot-like bird with a long tail. Think of Parakeets as a huge category and Budgies making up a small portion of it.
As a side note, the term “Budgie” was derived from the word budgerigar, which is based on a similar sounding Aborigine phrase that means, “Good eating”.
What is the average lifespan of a budgie?
Often owners stress on lifespans because let's face it, no one wants to have someone they bonded with for years, to end up passing away without notice.
The average lifespan of a budgie generally around 2-7 years. There are budgies that have lived to 13+ years, and there are budgies that pass away before their first birthday. There are many factors that can affect the lifespan of a budgie. American budgies often times live longer than English budgies, and breeding budgies often have shorter lives than those who never raise chicks.
Many budgies die from natural causes like tumors, which unfortunately is very common amongst them, but often times budgies die from dangers and accidents that could have been prevented. If taken care of, budgies can become good companions. and live for longer than usual.
What size cage should I get for my new budgie?
Budgies, like all pet birds, need to have a cage that is big enough for them to stretch and flap their wings without hitting the walls or any hanging toys.
A good rule of thumb is, the bigger the better. Generally, no smaller than 12"x18"x18". The most important thing to watch for when buying a cage is that the spacing between the bars is no wider than ½-inch wide.
Any wider than that and you will be chasing your budgie around the house all the time! The bar spacing is also important because budgies that try to escape their cages often get stuck and that can be a real danger to their health and longevity.
How can I tell the gender of my budgie?
In general, the color of a budgies pellet is the simplest indicator of its gender. Male budgies are blue, and females are white, light beige, reddish, or brown.
While most times is accurate, the color of the pellet cannot always be used to tell the gender of the budgie. Other visual indicators include, females having an almost invisible, whitish ring around their nostrils, and males having more rounded, bulbous bodies, both of which are often hard to recognize by an untrained eye.
I think my budgie might be sick - what should I do?
If you ever suspect that your budgie is ill, it is best to consult a vet as soon as possible, Budgies are masters at disguising illness and often times when the sickness is noticeable, it is at a very serious stage.
Common signs of illness include less activity than usual and/or less chirping than usual, sitting fluffed up and sleeping a lot, lack of appetite or not eating at all, and weight loss. As you may be able to tell by now, that budgies are very frail creatures, and if not taken care of properly, they won’t survive.
Can I repaint my budgie's cage?
Yes, you can easily repaint a budgie’s cage, but you need to be careful of the type of paint you use. What you need to look for is non-toxic, child-safe paint (sometimes referred to as “crib safe”).
It is usually available in either brush-on or spray-on varieties. If and when you do repaint, you must make sure you are in a very ventilated area - it is best if it can be done outside. You should plan on applying at least two coats of paint for good coverage allowing time for the paint to thoroughly dry between coats.