Last Updated: May 24, 2021
Housing is a vital aspect of raising a healthy and happy Budgie, and although these birds are small, they still need plenty of space to fly, hop, and play in. There are so many bird cages available in stores and online, many of which are not ideally suited to keeping Budgies, and the variety of options can quickly become confusing. Since your Budgie will be spending the majority of their life in their cage, you’ll want it to be the perfect size to ensure their happiness.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the steps involved in choosing the perfect cage size for your feathered friend. Let’s get started!
Before you start
It’s important to note that Budgies are playful, acrobatic, and active little birds that need plenty of space to exercise their natural instincts. Not only that, but the cage you choose also needs to have appropriate space for all the required accessories, including perches, swings, ladders, and ropes. Remember that most of the time, your cage will be housing two or more Budgies (they should ideally live in pairs or more), so this needs to taken into account when sizing their cage.
Also, unlike many other parrot species, Budgies prefer horizontal space rather than vertical cages suited to larger parrots. This is because they get most of their exercise from flying around, and a tall, narrow cage is not ideally suited to these active little birds.
Step 1 — Minimum size requirements
The standard size of cage for a single Budgie is 12x18x18 inches, but bigger is always better. When accounting for two birds, you’ll need to more than double this size to account for the extra toys and flying space needed. This minimum size is also only suitable if your Budgie is tame and out of its cage frequently. If your Budgie spends most of the time inside its cage, this is much too small for a happy bird.
Bigger is always better, and since your cage is such a long-term investment that is likely to last for decades, the best advice to purchase the biggest possible cage that you can afford, no matter the number of Budgies that you intend to keep.
Step 2 — Safety
Naturally, safety is an essential aspect of choosing the right cage for your Budgie. Not all bird cages available are suitable for Budgies, as these small birds may easily escape through bars that are too widely spaced. We recommend purchasing a cage that is specifically designed for Budgies so you can be sure that it is escape proof. A wire cage is best because it is chew-proof, and the spacing between bars should be no more than ½ an inch apart to prevent them squeezing through — or getting trapped attempting to squeeze through!
Make sure the bars all run parallel, as your Budgie may get injured sliding down bars that converge, and make sure there are no sharp points or edges around. Also, check the door opening mechanism: Budgies are clever and can quickly learn to open a cage door. Make sure the door can be locked easily. Lastly, the cage should be free from any toxic materials, as Budgies love to chew!
Step 3 — Location and Accessibility
The space in your home where your Budgie cage will be located is an often-overlooked aspect when buying a cage. The cage should be easy to move and easy to clean, with easily accessible points for removing water and food bowls, bedding, and toys. The placement of your Budgie cage is important. The area should be well-ventilated and in a room that is easily temperature-controlled and away from direct sunlight. Also, it should be in a safe location not accessible to other household pets, such as cats! Lastly, you’ll want your Budgies to be a part of your daily life and as close to your family as possible for good socialization.
Deciding where your Budgie cage is to be located before purchasing is a great idea to prevent buying a cage that is too large to move or difficult to clean.
Step 4 — Accessories
Apart from the basics, like cage liners and food and water bowls, you need to take into account the various accessories that your Budgie will need, including toys, ladders, and perches. Make sure they have plenty of variation in sizes in the perches and ladders to exercise different parts of their feet, and try to swap these around every few months or so to prevent boredom.
You may also want to hang a swing or toy in the cage. The more Budgies you have, the more space you’ll naturally need for these accessories. When choosing the right cage size for your Budgies, it is vital to take into account these small but necessary accessories, as these items are an essential part of having a healthy Budgie and can quickly take up a great deal of space. Again, bigger is always better.
Choosing the correct sized cage for your Budgie is a vital part of their health and happiness, especially if they spend the majority of their time inside this cage. They are active birds that need plenty of space to fly, hop, and play, and without this, you will swiftly have unhappy birds on your hands. Go for the biggest cage that you can afford, and be sure to not overcrowd this cage with too many birds or accessories. Hopefully, this short guide has helped you choose the right size cage for your feathered friend!
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
The variety of cages (not all designed specifically for budgies) makes it hard to choose one that will be perfect for your budgies. Sometimes the great variety is intimidating and makes the choice harder, and sometimes you just can get lost between different cages without knowing what to look for. Here is our simple guide for choosing a Budgie Cage in easy to follow steps, explaining the three main aspects of every cage.You should invest as much time and money as possible into a proper and most importantly safe budgie cage.
Safety is the most important feature of the budgie cage, so you will have to make sure that your budgies are just fine in their new home. Here are the steps:
- Find a cage that is designed specifically for budgies.
- Make sure it is a wire cage so that it won’t break free when the budgie chews it.
- Pay attention to the materials – the budgie cage will be chewed, so there should not be anything toxic.
- Try to get a cage with both vertical and horizontal wires – thus your budgies will be able to play with them, climbing the horizontal and sliding down the vertical ones.
- Make sure the wires are close enough so that your budgie won’t stick its head out and wedge up. A good distance between the wires is 12 mm, although 16 mm will do perfectly for larger birds.
- Try to find a budgie cage with parallel wires, because those who get closer to each other at some point may be a problem. Your budgie may stick its foot in them, which may cause panic and some severe trauma.
- Pay attention to the door, it should not only slide without anything to hold it, as your budgies will find a way to open it.
- Make sure there are no sharp edges or anything else that may harm your budgies, as they will certainly find it if it is there.
There are certain features that every budgie cage must have. They will make the life of your little budgie easier and happier. See what you need to look for when choosing the budgie cage:
- Perches – your birds will use them to sleep or sit on them, as well to play on them. The perches will have to vary in thickness, as this will distribute the pressure in different points of the foot of your budgie. Perches may not be bought from the pet shop, you can easily choose different branches for perches yourself. However, when choosing, make sure the branches are from tree that is not poisonous, as your budgies would love to chew them. Try to find one perch that will make contact with your bird’s toenails. Thus they will be a bit worn out and won’t need to be trimmed too often. The best perches you can find are the eucalyptus branches, as they are the favourite of the wild budgies.
- Feeders – this is an essential item, as you will put the birds’ food or water in it. In fact, you will need at least two – one for the food (seeds) and one for the water. You may put a third one for a different type of food, as it is better not to mix them. There are different type of feeders, all of which designed specifically for birds, so you can choose whichever you like and it will suit your birds. Try to put the feeders at one level with the perches – thus your birds will be able to reach them and won’t be able to sit above them and poop in them.
- Toys – your budgies will love having something to play with. You may hang a toy or two and certainly a swing for them. Thus your budgies will fly and move more, which will be good both for their health and happiness.
- Size – the best way to describe the perfect size is ‘the more – the better’. Buy the biggest cage you can find and spend money on, as your budgies will be happier when there is more space to fly. If you have to choose between budgie cages which are vertically or horizontally loner, choose the horizontal ones, as this will provide even more flying space to your birds.
Ease of cleaning
While the other features were important for the good-being of your budgies, this feature of the budgie-case is important for you. You will clean the cage quite often, so make sure the process is easy. Try the following steps:
- Find a budgie cage that will easily allow removing the base and replacing the lining.
- Make sure you will be able to easily get out the perches and disinfect them.
- Find out whether you have easy access to every corner when wiping the bars.
If you follow all these steps, you are sure to buy a perfect cage for your budgies. They will be happy in it and won’t try to escape and won’t accidentally harm themselves. A bad cage, on the other hand, may result in your buying a new one. Good luck with the choosing!
Choosing a cage for your budgie can be a daunting task. When you are confronted with budgie cages of every shape, size and colour how do you know which one is best? Well there are some basic steps to help you with your decision.
- firstly you need to make sure the cage is an appropriate size for your budgie
- secondly, it must be safe
- ease of cleaning is important, as you need to be able to keep your budgie’s home clean if you want it to be healthy.
- then you can think about necessary features such as perches and feed containers.
- last but not least is how will it accommodate a few special toys.
So read on to prepare for your cage buying expedition.
The first feature of a budgie cage that you should consider is the size. Budgies are very active and get most of their exercise from flying. If your budgie will spend most of its time in a cage then you should be saving up for a flight cage. If it will be out of the cage for a few hours each day then you can go for a smaller size. As they need to be able to fly to be physically and mentally healthy, you really want a cage that is longer horizontally rather than a pretty upright, narrow one. Unfortunately, most cages are made to be taller than they are wide, so you may not have a choice. I think it is so they fit in to our houses more easily.
Some very cute cages are nice to look at but won’t provide a decent home for your budgie, cuteness is not a good indication of a good cage.
Below are some minimum sizes, listing the height x width x length. If you multiply these together you get the volume of the cage.
- The minimum size for a single budgie would be: 18x18x18 inches, which gives a volume of 5,832″ cubic inches (46x46x46cm = 97336 cubic cm)
- Minimum size for 2 budgies: 30x18x18inches, which gives a volume of 9,720″ cubic inches (77x46x46cm = 162932 cubic cm)
- Minimum size for 3 budgies 32x18x20 inches, which gives a volume of 11,520″ cubic inches (82x46x51 cm = 201756 cubic cm)
From there you can work out the minimum size by having a volume of 3800 cubic inches (62271 cubic cm) per budgie.
Please consider carefully the size you get as it will determine how active your budgie can be and this will effect the health and happiness of your bird.
So, you enter the shop, start looking at budgie cages and realise there are so many choices you donвЂ™t know where to start! The single most important feature of your new cage will be its ability to keep your pet safe. Lets face it, the whole point of having a cage rather than letting your budgie live free is to make sure it doesnвЂ™t fly away, get eaten by a cat, eat something poisonous or drown in the toiletвЂ¦..
Firstly, establish which cages are designed for budgies. There are some good looking cages for larger birds or for rodents which may or may not be safe for your bird, so start with the ones that are specifically for budgies and go from there. You may find a different type of cage that fits all the following guidelines and will work perfectly, but make sure you double-check everything is suitable.
You will really need a wire cage; the last thing you want is your little darling chewing itself to freedom/danger! The wires can run vertically or horizontally. I donвЂ™t really have a preference but a cage with some of each is probably a good choice (then your bird can climb the horizontal ones and slide down the vertical ones if it likes). The most important thing about the wires is that they are close enough that the budgie cannot squeeze its head through. This will mean about 12mm or a half an inch spacing is ideal, anything larger and you run the risk of a small budgie getting stuck – which is usually fatal..
I would avoid any cages with bars that are not parallel, i.e. they get closer together at some points. Your budgie could slip its foot into a tight gap, panic and hurt itself badly. This is where some of the prettier cages fail, they can look lovely but be a real danger to your bird.
Have a good look to ensure there are no sharp edges or pointy bits that your budgie can get caught on or cut by (believe me they will find them if they are there!).
Check how the door opens and closes, budgies learn how to open the doors that just slide up and down without a catch to hold them. If you do end up with a cage like that then stick something like a clothes peg on the door so the inhabitants canвЂ™t open it. This also applies to the little doors some cages have to put the feed containers in through.
And, of course, your budgie cage will get chewed on so make sure there are no toxic materials on it anywhere.
Well, firstly, it needs perches for your bird to sit and sleep and play on. These should be of varying thickness so that the pressure is not always on the same points of the foot. Make sure there is one at least that the budgies toenails will make contact with so they are worn a bit and need less trimming. I like to use branches from non-poisonous trees. These allow plenty or variation in size and texture to exercise the feet, and budgies love to chew them too, which is why they must not be poisonous, and also not sprayed with anything toxic (avoid trees on roadsides which can absorb traffic fumes).
The next necessary items are the feeders. You need at least three, one for seed/sprout mix and one for water, and also one for veggies etc. The most common ones are the simple bowl shaped ones or the font type, where the seed comes out of the tube into a catcher at the bottom. I prefer bowl types (though not so good for determined to breed hens who may try to use them as nests) but you must always check to see that the budgies have actual seed available and not just the empty seed husks! The easiest way to do this is to blow the seed; the empty husks are light and will blow away.
Check where the feeders sit in relation to the perches. The budgie must be able to get to the feed, but you really do not want it sitting above the feeder pooping into it!
Ease of cleaning
Now you have narrowed the choice down to a few budgie cages that are safe and practical it is time to think about yourself! You are going to be cleaning this cage out regularly, and hopefully for many years. So how easy is it to remove the base and replace any lining your use? How easy is it to remove the perches for an occasional scrub or disinfect? What about wiping the bars, are there many difficult to get to corners? These are real concerns as if it is fiddly to clean you may end up doing it less than you really need to, so make sure your budgie cage suits you too!
You will want somewhere to hang a toy or two and maybe a swing. With this in mind, do you think the cage is big enough? The biggest budgie cage you can afford, with the features we are discussing, will usually be best for your pet. The more active they can be the happier and healthier they will be; budgies are very active and intelligent little darlings.
I would recommend buying some little clips to hang greens, millet sprays and cuttlefish. These can be moved around so your budgie has to perform some acrobatic feats (and exercise their brains) to eat the yummies. Some types of clothesline pegs can be suitable, and cheap too. So once you have found the budgie cages that fit these requirements you can happily pick which ever one suits you and your houseвЂ¦ have fun!
In this article we’re going to look at what is the best cage for a budgie
You’ll learn what makes a good bird cage
What to look out for
Let’s get started!
Budgies are awesome right?
They look cute and make a wonderful pet for sure
Now if you already have a budgie then it’s important to have the right cage for them
What’s the best cage for a budgie?
You need one that is big of course
I always emphazise on a large cage
Because birds need space
Space to roam around
And fly around too
I would recommend
This birdcage is awesome
Just take a look at that
Your budgie would fall in love with that right?
It is 60 inches tall
That is plenty of space for a bird to fly
Your budgie ca roam around
Also, with a large bird cage you can add plenty of toys
I actually have written an article on how many toys your budgie should have
You can check it out by clicking the link below
That is why I would recommend Prevue Hendryx
What I love about this cage is it can accomodate a group of budgies
It’s ideal to have a few budgies because this way they can interact with each other and they won’t get bored
But if you do only have one budgie then I’ve written an article about this too
Another important point to mention is the material this cage is made from
It’s made from wrought iron which basically means this bird cage will last for long
It’s easy to clean too
It really is the best cage for a budgie
Now I know what you’re probably thinking
This bird cage must be expensive
And to be honest it is slightly at the higher end
But if you want a high quality bird cage then you need a good investment
And this bird cage will last long
It’s a good investment
You can check out the price by clicking the below
Now that we know what is the best cage for a budgie
Let’s look at some frequently asked questions
How Do You Choose The Best Bird Cage For Budgies?
When you think of a pet bird
You think cages
Now I know some people are against birds in cages
But birds can be happy in them
It’s just a matter of how you maintain them
Keeping your budgie happy in a cage
You can read my article on
One of the most important factors in keeping birds happy in cages is
The cage itself
Which is why it’s important to understand and know how to pick the best bird cage for your budgie
The cage needs to be large and spacious
This gives your budgie space to fly about, roam around
A large bird cage also allows you to add a variety of toys
If you have a large bird cage you can have more than one budgie
The more budgies the better right?
They each have company
And they won’t get bored
It’s a great way of keeping them entertained
Another factor to consider when purchasing a bird cage for your budgie is the bar wiring space
This shouldn’t be no more than 1/2 inch
You see budgies are small and it is possible their head could get stuck in between the wiring space of the cage
You’ll also need perches inside the cage
It’s best to have two different perches in your bird cage (depending on how many birds you have)
The Prevue Hendryx has 3 wood perches in them already which is a bonus (You don’t need to buy extra perches)
I know I already mentioned having a large cage but I’d like to mention
Getting a bird cage that has a wide width and good height
Budgies are very active and they love flying about
Having a bird cage that is long and high will allow your budgies to fly about
Keeping this in mind will help you choose the best bird cage for a budgie
Although you don’t need to go researching because I’ve recommended the best out there!
But if you like to have your options open then here are other bird cages that are awesome for budgies
This bird cage is pretty awesome too
Here’s a quick product spec
123.6 x 16.9 x 51.2
The material that it’s made out of is wrought iron which is very long lasting
You know you’re getting your money worth
It’s a good size for budgies and at a very good price
This birdcage also comes with a rolling metal stand and a slide out tray
Overall it’s a very good bird cage
It’s great on price so for those pet bird owners who are on a budget it’s very ideal for them
119.3 x 18.1 x 6.7
Iron and Plastic
I love this birdcage and here’s why
It’s lightweight and durableso very ideal for travel and portability
It has 2 large side opening doors which is great for cleaning and feeding
The only problem I have with this birdcage is
The material as it may not last long as other birdcages that are made of wrought iron
You can check the price by clicking the link below
These are some of my recommendations
Overall I would recommend Prevue Hendryx
I believe it’s the best out of all the birdcages I have recommended
What Else Should You Include In a Bird Cage
And lots of toys!
Do you see why having a large birdcage is important
You have the chance to add a variety of toys in the cage
This is healthy for your budgies because it keeps them entertained
And a entertained bird means a happy bird which means a healthy bird
It all comes down to a large cage!
Birds can get bored and it’s up to you to keep them happy and entertained
Wrapping It Up
When choosing the best budgie cage then it’s important to look at the size
The larger the cage the better
It allows you to have more budgies and gives them space to fly around and roam about
Also, you can add a lot of toys to keep your birds entertained and happy
Selecting a Budgie Cage
A cage for a budgie is an important purchase. Your budgie will be confined to it for several hours during the day and it needs to be safe, entertaining for your pet, and also large enough for him to feel comfortable. There is so much information that needs to be taken into consideration before buying a cage. The budgie needs to feel protected by his cage so it’s important that the right cage be selected. It can be intimidating to find the perfect cage because there are so many sizes and so many shapes to choose. Being attentive to your birds needs and keeping up on new material regarding the purchase of bird cages or other general bird information will help you have a more healthy and happy pet. Hopefully this information will give you the confidence to purchase the right cage for your pet budgie.
We are always given specifications as to how large a cage should be. But the truth is there are many factors that determine the size of the cage. These factors to be considered are things such as location, the number of birds that will be sharing the cage, and also how much space can you devote to this bird cage. So rather than provide you with specifications as to how large a cage should be, I prefer to give you a few guidelines when selecting that home for your pet.
First, make sure the cage is large enough to accommodate food bowls, perches, and toys. This means that when your parakeet is standing on his perch the food bowls should be far enough so that droppings cannot fall into his food or water. The perches need to be arranged and placed in such a way that you have easy access to your bird. Lots of perches that are improperly placed will collect excess poop and make cleaning up difficult.
Toys also need to be taken into consideration. How many are going to be used inside the cage and how much room will it require for the parakeet to properly play with them. The cage needs to be spacious enough so the toys are not above bowls or other toys. Any equipment placed above each other can easily get covered with droppings. The key is trying to find a balance between the perches, food bowls, and toys. It can take work and lots of investigating but it needs to be done. The goal is to minimize droppings on all equipment while your parakeet is housed inside the cage.
The next factor is determining how many budgies the cage will house. If you plan on housing more than two parakeets then the cage needs to be large. Budgies are very active and will fly around, climb, and hop from perch to perch. An overcrowded cage will become dirty very easily and cause more problems down the road. As a rule of thumb each bird should be able to hop from perch to perch, flap its wings, and move a body’s length from side to side without touching the sides. This means if you wish to house two budgies then you need to consider doubling the cage size.
The door of the cage is also very important. Most cages are equipped with three doors, one for food, one for water, and one as a main entrance. These doors need to be easy to open and shut. The doors should all accommodate your hands and should be easy to open. They should also be able to accommodate at least half an arms length inside the cage. This is important if the bird needs to be retrieved and will reduce any added stress.
Trays are important and should be included with all cages. They collect all droppings or food that has spilled from food bowls. This tray needs to be below a grill because a curious parakeet will rummage through anything on the ground. A properly installed grill will prevent this from happening. The bottom tray needs to easily slide out for proper cleaning. Trays designed for cob beddings or wood shavings should not be used. They only make more of a mess and are more prone to harmful bacteria if not changed regularly.
The bars of the cage should be stainless steel or should be covered with non toxic paints or sealants. Cages should not be purchased if they do not have finishes or if they are made of brass. Rusted cages can cause metal poisoning and are very toxic to budgies. If bars are exposed and do not have a finish it may contain zinc. If consumed your budgie can become ill and die.
The space between the bars needs to be about a ј inch apart. Bars that are not spaced correctly can cause your parakeet to get its head stuck or it can possibly escape.
In this article you’re going to learn how to move a budgie into a new cage
You’ll discover the best way to move your budgie without your birdie getting scared
It can be difficult to get a budgie to a new cage
So if you want to make sure there’s a smooth transition from an old bird cage to a new one then you’re going to love this article!
Let’s get started!
The budgies or known as parakeets in American English, are very popular as the talking pet birds.
According to research, some of them even know hundreds of words in their vocabulary!
That’s why they are so loved and great pets!
They are a great companion
Like all of us.. well me especially, budgies need a little more time adjustment before getting used to their new cage
I remember when I moved out of my moms house into a new house with my wife and daughter
It was difficult to adjust to my new surroundings
Budgies are similar too and they can take time to adjust to a new bird cage
If you just got your budgie a new bird cage and now want to move him into it
This needs to be done carefully
It can take around two weeks for them to understand or feel safe in the new surroundings.
The first thing you need to focus on is to make sure your budgie is secured and confident with the new cage.
Here are some of the steps you can initiate to move your budgie without them feeling anxious.
- Understand that your budgie takes time to adjust to the new environment.
In this case, you have to take steps little by little.
You can first place the new cage near the old one where your birdie can see it to familiarize himself with it.
Don’t move the new cage yet and leave it near the old cage.
It would be best if the cage you choose is the same color as the current one.
This would make things much easier
If you’re thinking about buying a new bird cage and have not bought one then I would recommend getting a large one
The more bigger the bird cage the better
You can check out my article – Best large cage for Budgies
- Boost your budgie’s curiosity and interest.
The second thing you can do is put all your budgie’s favorite toys or things inside the cage.
It will boost curiosity and interest.
That will make him want to explore the cage on his own without feeling threatened.
Decorate it like you’re decorating your house!
The more appealing the better of course
- Put all your budgie’s necessities and amenities inside the cage.
Learn about your Budgies favorite food, and put it in his new cage.
Don’t forget to place treats, food, and water inside.
That would make him move to his new cage eagerly on his own.
Will make things easier for sure!
- Open both the old and new cages’ doors.
You don’t want to build the impression that you will put your budgie in an unsafe place by shoving him in the cage right away.
Make him feel comfortable and let him observe inside the cage without being too pushy.
Let your budgie explore on it’s own – give him some time to get used to the new cage
- Call him on the new cage by standing on the other side.
You can do this if your budgie doesn’t budge after a few attempts.
Coax your pet with your voice and try to be convincing as possible.
Again, don’t do this by being too pushy.
It would only make things worse.
- Let him feel comfortable going to and from the old cage and the new one.
Since you’ve put both the cages together and inserted budgie’s necessities in the new one, there is a good reason for your budgie to enter inside.
When the budgie feels comfortable, making the new cage as his new home would be much easier.
So, how will you know that your friend is ready to move?
That is when you see him playing, eating, and drinking inside the cage.
If he is doing the normal things he usually does, then it is the right time.
Congratulations! You’ve just successfully moved a budgie into a new cage
- Remove the old cage from your budgie’s sight.
Take away the cage, and make sure it is away from his sight.
That will make everything easier to continue his happy life with the new home.
Be sure to add a variety of toys
Wrapping It Up
Most of us hate changes.
Well I hate change too
But sometimes change is for the better
I guess it’s just about adjusting to it which is the hard part
Same goes with our birdie
We don’t want to make them feel traumatized whenever new things are coming their way.
As much as possible, we want them to feel safe and comfortable.
Good thing, you are there to make it easier for your budgie friend.
Patience and give your budgie time to adjust to a new cage
And by the time you know it
Your budgie will be loving his new bird cage!
Getting an untamed budgie back in their cage can be extremely tricky, but not impossible when using the right techniques. Your bird has escaped their cage or you let them out willingly to explore the house, at some point your budgie will need to return to their home. If you are reading this article before letting your untamed budgie out I’d advise you to spend some time taming your bird first before letting them out the cage. Getting a tame budgie to go back in is a lot less stressful than doing this with an untamed bird. Click on the link down below to read my article on taming your budgie. However, if your untamed budgie is out already, you’ve come to the right place.
Method 1: Bedtime little birdie!
For this method, your bird needs to see their cage as their home. All you need for this method to get your budgie back to their cage is a little night light. Place the night light inside or close to the cage. Then make the room as dark as possible. Your budgie’s instincts will make them think that it’s night time and that they need to sleep soon. If they see their cage as their home they will likely go back in to sit on their favorite perch to sleep. The night light is important here so your budgie doesn’t fly into the walls of the cage when trying to locate it.
Method 2: Lure them with their favorite treat
Every budgie has a favorite treat. Use this to lure them back into the cage. Show your bird the treat and make sure they keep looking at it when you place it in the cage. Then simply walk away and wait for your budgie to take the bait. As soon as they are in the cage enjoying their treat you can quickly close the door.
Method 3: Make them hungry
This one will only work if it’s been a while since your budgie has eaten anything, or if you have a lot of time to wait. Take all the food out of the room (this includes treats) so that the food bowl in the cage is the only source of food for your budgie. They will get hungry eventually and return to their cage on their own to eat. once your bird is enjoying its delicious meal you can simply close the cage door.
Method 4: Let your budgie step up on a perch
Untamed budgies can have variating responses when you offer them a stick to step onto. If your bird immediately flies away scared this is not the right method for your budgie. However, if they respond calmly to the stick you presented you can try to get them to step up. Do this by pressing the stick to their lower belly, (right above their feet) and applying light pressure. Your budgie will have no choice but to step up to maintain their balance. You can also try to lure them onto the stick by holding their favorite treat behind it so they have to step up to reach it. Once your bird is perching on the stick you can slowly (!) walk towards the cage and place the stick inside. Let your bird hop onto another perch, pull out the stick and close the cage door.
If all else fails.
If you have tried all of the above and nothing seems to work there’s only one thing left you can do. However: I STRONGLY advise against using this method if you don’t ABSOLUTELY have to since this will be stressful for your budgie. It will also make them lose the little bit of trust they might have in you. Your last resort is catching them. Don’t ever catch them with your bare hands though. This will cause even more stress to your bird and you might accidentally hurt them if you grab them the wrong way. On top of that, they will start to view your hand as a dangerous predator that’s out to get them. A better option is to throw a light towel over your budgie so it can’t fly off. Then gently pick them up while keeping them in the towel. Place the bird in the cage and take the towel off. Then close the cage door.
Budgies do not come pre-programmed to talk. It takes time, patience and consistency on your part, and even then there is no guarantee of success. If your priority when choosing a budgie is getting a talking bird, think again. Talking is never guaranteed. Ask yourself this question: Does it matter if my budgie can’t talk? If the answer is yes, don’t buy a budgie.
If you want to be in with a chance of having a budgerigar that talks, you’ll need to work at it. But there are a couple of things you can do to give yourself a greater chance of success:
- Young birds learn to talk more readily, so choose one that has not yet had its first moult (i.e. six to 12 weeks old).
- Males are far better talkers than females (although some females can be taught).
- A budgie who is finger-trained (i.e. will perch on your finger without fear) and completely relaxed in your company will talk more readily than a less ‘tamed’ bird.
- Speak to your budgie from the word go. Decide which word or phrase you want him to say, and repeat it often. Limit this first attempt to three words or less. Once he is finger-trained and able to leave his cage, he will enjoy perching on you, and this is an ideal time to teach him his first words. There are more details on this subject in the Budgie Talking section, below.
There is no guarantee of a talking budgie
You will notice when your budgie is paying attention. He will perch close to you, and show an interest in your mouth. His pupils may dilate in concentration. In the cage, a bird that is sitting and chattering quietly is listening too. Try out the words you want to teach him then – he will probably pause in his chatter and listen. The familiarity of the words will soon start to get through to him. Sometimes he will close his eyes in contentment as you patiently repeat “Hello Mango!”, or whatever phrase you’ve opted for.
Brace yourself for some gentle disappointment. Some birds, even ones that tick all the boxes of young, male and finger-trained, never master talking. Others produce something approximating to the sounds you’ve been teaching, but mumble them like someone repeating foreign words with no grasp of the language they come from.
Some birds, however, will pick up this first phrase and run with it, adding many more words as the months pass. You can’t reasonably expect your budgie to rival the Guinness World Record holders with vocabularies of hundreds of words, but even a few ‘hellos’ amongst your bird’s happy chatter is very satisfying.