How to Care for a Pet Budgie

A Guide in Proper Budgie Care

For new owners, having a budgie can in itself be an adventure. However, it’s also a huge responsibility and budgie care needs your dedication. Budgies are one of the smartest birds that you can have for a pet, and training them to perform tricks is well worth the entertainment it will give you. Caring for your budgie is easier than it looks, but takes no less effort than other pets.

Supplies that Need Setting Up

The first thing you need is a cage to house your budgie. For owners buying two budgies instead of one, a medium sized cage is best.

Although the choice in brand is of your own personal opinion, it is generally recommended to get a cage that has a plastic tray at the bottom. This will help prevent mess from spilling onto your floor, and can also make for an easier job of cleaning. Cages that have a plastic cover on the bottom portion are also helpful in making sure there is nothing spilling out of the cage.

You will also need to find a good place to place the cage. If you have any pets of the four-legged variety, you must make sure that the cage is kept high out of their reach. Direct sunlight must be avoided, but do not completely deprive them of light because it’s important in budgie care.

Proper Parakeet Diet

A good diet for budgies must consist of a mixture of different seeds and pellets. This will help give them a balanced intake of nutrition, something that will not happen if you only ever give a single type of seed as food. Healthy feeds for your budgies can be bought in any pet store.

You must also have a steady supply of budgie gravel. Budgies have no teeth and are unable to fully break down the food that they eat. They need a supply of gravel for them to consume to help digest any large bits of food in their stomach.

Many pet stores also have special treats that you can give to your budgie. However, it is best to only give your budgie a treat every other day. Constant giving of treats may cause your budgie to mistake it for ordinary food.


Parakeets are self-groomers and generally do not need any help from you in that department. However, you must still be on the watch for the state of their nails, beak and plumage. Some people cut the nails of their budgies. However, it can be a very stressful experience for the bird, and is not often recommended. Sand perches may be used instead, which allows the bird to file its own nails.

Beaks can be maintained simply by giving a lot of things in their cage to nibble on. Cuttlebone is good to have in the cage, as it keeps the beak short and also provides calcium for the budgies. Take your budgie to the vet if the beak does get too long, but never attempt to trim your budgie’s beak yourself.

In maintaining the plumage of your budgie, a simple bird bath bought at the pet store often does the trick. For budgies that refuse to use it, you can lightly mist them with warm water from a spray. If done properly, caring for your budgie will be simple and easy to manage.


Guide in Proper Budgie Care| How to Care for Pet Budgies or Parakeets

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Angela November 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm

The previous owner of my budgie used to bang the cage with a stick to stop it from tweeting. The poor thing is now so timid and frightened. I have had it for 6 weeks now and it is still very frightened. I talk to her constantly but she panics if I try to put a finger in her cage and is frightened when I clean her out. Is there anything I can do to get her to trust me. She is adorable


RIDDHIMA May 18, 2016 at 12:31 pm

my female budgie tries to bite finger but the male is good if any one knows any budgie trainer


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