Budgies are a great starter pet as they don’t take much money or time to set up their habitat, and are cheap to look after, only needing to be provided with daily food and water and the occasional new toy.
It’s important to have the correct sized cage for your bird, however, so they can stretch their wings and exercise, plus you’ll need to create a toilet area. A twelve by twelve by eighteen-inch cage is perfect for a single budgie, but you should increase the size for a pair or more. Ask your local breeder or veterinarian for advice. These sizes of cages are only suitable if your budgie is getting the right amount of exercise outside the cage. Read on to find out how you can do this.
Exercising your budgie
One of the best things about having a new budgie, especially a young one, is that you can train it. Here are some tricks you can teach your budgie to get the most fun for you and your new pet.
You can play ping pong with your budgie by rolling a ping pong ball towards it. If your budgie doesn’t roll it back, keep a treat in your hand so it gets the idea eventually.
Get your budgie to go through a short tunnel by tempting it with food, then increase the tunnel length. You can buy special connecting tunnels from pet shops to give your budgie an amazing adventure and plenty of exercise.
Yes, budgie skateboarding is real and it is great for both you and your budgie. It’s a great way to teach your budgie balancing techniques and to improve its spatial awareness. Sit your budgie on a mini skateboard from a pet shop with a treat so it gets used to it, and push it along gently. Repeat the process until the budgie can balance and skate.