Hello! How are you? Hello, pretty bird! I love you!– the American Budige
There are few birds more colourful than a Budgie who can be found dressed to impress in array of green, yellow, blue, violet, white, grey and black.
Regardless of colour, all of our hand-raised budgies are $175 + HST. DNA testing to determine your bird’s gender is included.
We are well aware that budgies can be sourced elsewhere for much less money. Your local pet store may have them for as low as $25/bird. The price of our birds reflects the fact our babies are hand-raised from 12 days of age, during which time they are exposed to anything and everything they might encounter in their future home: loud noises, bright colours, unusual textures, dogs barking, door bells ringing, water, the outdoors, vacuum cleaners and so much more. We also begin foundation training of “step up” and early flight training foundations that build confidence, strength, dexterity and trust of the human hand. All of this takes several hours per bird, per week. When our babies are ready we wean them gradually onto a healthy and wholesome diet of fresh vegetables, cooked grains, cooked lentils and pellets, not just seed.
Yes, our budgies cost more.
General Species Information
Why We Love Them!
Here are a few of my favourite things about this fun species:
- Most Budgies learn to mimic some words and short phrases. Those who do learn to talk often speak with such clarity that they can be mistaken for a human in the other room.
- They are far more trainable than most bird owners give them credit for! They can be taught fun tricks like “kiss”, “Jump through a hoop”, “carry a ball” and so many more.
- Their size makes them less intimidating for new bird owners than some other species with similar personalities.
- They come in a rainbow of beautiful colours accented with dark stripes and spots.
An average of 18cm in length, 35-50 grams in weight, these pocket friends are easy to carry with you. Don’t let their small size fool you into thinking a tiny cage will do them justice, though — Budgies are a very active species who love to fly and climb. They need a spacious cage with room for their daily antics and exercise.
In captivity, with good care and a proper diet, Budgies can live 10-15 years, or possibly longer. Are you prepared for this long-term committment? Are you prepared to provide for your bird during potential future changes such as relocating, getting married, having a baby, going back to school or getting a new job?
Birds are the third most popular pet in the world, and yet the most likely to be rehomed. Please think carefully before committing to a new feathered family member, whether an American Budgie or other bird species.
Noise Level and Volume
Budgie sounds range from a squeak to a plesant chirp, however if they learn English words they often prefer these to their native sounds. Be cautioned that Budgies may not be right for you if hearing “pretty bird, hello pretty bird, pretty bird” on repeat sounds like torture!
Diet and Nutrition
In our opinion, providing a high-quality and nutritionally balanced diet is the most important thing you can do to keep your bird healthy and extend his/her lifespan. Furthermore, many bird behaviour problems can be attributed, at least in part, to a poor diet. Start off on the right foot from Day #1 when you bring your baby home! Your Green-Cheeked Conure should be fed a staple diet of high-quality pellet (click here for our bird food recommendations). An individual bird will eat an average of 1-3 tbs of pellets per day, but you should provide more than you think they need, as we do not want them running out of food. Replace any soiled pellets, and refill the dish as needed. The birds will eat only the amount they need.
Several times a week (ideally once daily) you should be supplementing the pellets with a bowl of chopped fresh veggies, fruit and gains (we call this mixture “chop”, named for how it is prepared). CLICK HERE to see my “chop” recipe and a list of bird-safe foods you can find at your grocery store.
Budgies love to learn and are far easier to train than most bird owners assume! Just because they are small parrots doesn’t mean they are any less capable of learning some darling tricks, and safe indoor free-flight training. Training is the best way for all family members to bond with the bird, and maintain a good relationship long-term. Training sessions should be short! 2-3 minutes per session, once per day, is ideal! If you are spending longer than this training your bird he/she is likely to become bored or frustrated. Keep it short, and fun for both of you!
Children And Budgies
Budgies are wonderful pets for families or single caregivers. Children who are taught how to read and respect the bird’s body language, and who are supervised during interactions, often have great success with Budgies in the family. If you have children under the age of 6 in the household, we recommend keeping a padlock or combination lock on the bird’s cage. Children are fascinated by birds and we have heard stories of youngsters opening the bird cage without supervision, resulting in either or both of them becoming frightened or injured. If used, padlocks or combination locks should be made of bird-safe metals.
Is Gender Important?
Both male and female Budgies can make wonderful pets with the right care and training. You may read on other websites than male Budgies are better t mimicking English words and phrases than females. In many cases this is true, however there are certainly exceptions. I have known more than one exceptional female talker! Many times I have had families claim they are “only interested in a male” or “only interested in a female” for reasons they often cannot identify, and then end up falling in love with a bird of the opposite gender anyway! Keeping your mind open to both genders allows us at Welcome Wings Aviary to help you select the perfect bird for your family based on his or her individual personality traits, not gender.
That being said, if you have your heart set on a particular gender let us know and we’ll do our best!
Budgies bob their heads rapidly up and down to show great interest or excitement. It is one of the trademarks of their body language!