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.
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.
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.
- 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.