Budgies, or parakeets, as they are commonly called, also make terrific birds for families, as they are small and easy for tiny hands to handle.
Budgies have an average lifespan of 5-13 years. They should be provided with a newspaper-lined cage that measures, at minimum, 24” x 18” x 18”, with several perches, food bowls, and a water dish. They enjoy playing with toys, such as bells, which can also be included with the cage furnishings.
They require fresh water, a pelleted bird food, and a small amount of fresh produce every day. They particularly love to snack on millet as an occasional treat. They also need exposure to direct sunlight that is unfiltered by glass, either from outside or from an indoor ultraviolet bulb, to ensure they make essential vitamin D in their skin.
Many budgies will enjoy the company of other budgies, but they can thrive alone as well, as long they are given daily attention. To be socialized properly, they should be taken out of their cages daily; most love to hang out with their human families at meal time or to watch TV. They can be quite entertaining in their own right, making sounds that include whistles and chirps, and some can be taught to repeat words. Available in many different colors, from blue to yellow to green to white, budgies make a great addition to any family.
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