Budgerigars behaviour

Budgerigars behaviour

How to prevent budgie boredom, why a bird bath is so important, and giving your budgie space to stretch its wings

Giving your budgie room to fly

Giving your budgie room to fly

Give your budgie enough room to fly

Flying is important normal behaviour for budgies and helps to prevent obesity. So keep your budgie in an aviary or an ‘indoor flight’ – a large cage with flying space. 

If your budgies are tame and you want to let them fly free in a room in your house, ensure it is safe.

Bird baths

Bird baths

How to keep your budgie clean and healthy

Give your budgie a bird bath – it lets them keep their feathers in good condition every day. This is especially important where central heating can cause a dry environment. An enclosed water bath is ideal for indoors as budgies love to splash about. 

Spray your budgie with lukewarm water from a fine mist dispenser – they’ll probably love it.

Preventing budgie boredom

Preventing budgie boredom

How to prevent budgie boredom

Budgies need toys and objects to keep them busy and to prevent boredom. Give them rope ladders, swing perches or other toys. Ensure they are zinc-free, to prevent your budgie getting zinc poisoning. 

Make playtime interesting: use different toys each week to vary their fun. It also gives you a chance to clean them.

The perfect perch

The perfect perch

How to choose the perfect perch for your budgies health

  • Don’t choose a smooth, tube-like surface, such as wooden dowelling sold with many bird cages. They can lead to poor foot health.
  • Don’t choose a perch covered with sandpaper. They can cause abrasions of the feet. 
  • Do choose natural branches approximately 1cm in diameter. The uneven surface helps circulation in the feet. It also lets them strip the bark – an important natural behaviour for budgies. 
  • Do use branches of willow, birch, poplar or alder; or fruit trees, e.g . apple. Ensure they are not treated with chemicals. 
  • Do bake natural branches in an oven for an hour to kill any parasites under the bark.
  • Although natural branches can't be cleaned as easily as dowel-type perches, they can be regularly replaced.