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December 17, 2013
Budgerigars, also known as budgies, make for fun pets

It’s difficult to believe that one of the most beloved pet birds of the world could be given such a name. There is somewhat of a debate of the origin of the name, but the budgerigar, also known as the “common pet parakeet,” “shell parakeet” or “budgie” for short, may have derived its name from an Australian aborigine group.

Some have believed that in past history, this group hunted and ate budgies. The rumor continues, stating that aborigines used boomerangs by throwing them into the center of flocks, killing a few budgies at a time.

Unfortunately, feral budgies are found nowhere near Tooele, but there are many loving owners here of this popular bird. If you are considering a budgie, or if you have one already, here are a couple important tips to help give your budgie a full life.

Specific foods play a very necessary part in your bird’s good health. It is recommended that you provide fresh fruits and vegetables along with seeds. This can help extend the life of your budgie and in some cases, living five to 10 years or more. If you give your bird a “seed only” diet, it may contribute to malnutrition and or obesity.

In most cases, your budgie will be healthier if you include items such as these in their daily diet: apples, strawberries, kale, carrot tops, broccoli, melon or corn on the cob. Be warned, there are many dangerous and fatal foods for budgies. Rely on the advice of those in position to care for them such as a veterinarian or the pet store where they can be purchased.

Their living environment is also a critical factor. Budgies need to be given many things to fill their time. You can use toys, perches and the right size of cage room for entertainment. They love to move about the cage, flapping and flying back and forth between objects. In fact, the more toys that budgies can chew, climb and make noise with, the happier they’ll be.

NOTE: There really is a lot more information about the budgie. Be sure to fully research before deciding it is your next family pet.

 

Addie T. Lindsay is 17 years old. She is an accomplished writer and photographer of wildlife creatures, big and small. She can be reached at CritterChatter@Live.com.

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