My birds

A very good thing to bear in mind is that if you have cement perches, they can take care of 90 percent of the toenail trimming required as they act just like an emery board. Every time that the budgie is to land on the cement perch, it gives the nails a little file which blunts them down and highly reduces the amount of times you would otherwise have to cut them yourself – it could even eliminate the possibility completely, which (as I’m sure you’d agree) would be problem solved. These cement perches are very easy to get hold of and usually are fixed to the side of the cage using a wing nut. You can keep an eye out for them in any good pet stores and they should be available in various sizes and colours.

Considering the maximum expected lifespan of a species of bird before purchase is an important thing. Some species have an exceptionally long life, in which case you have to consider what will become of the bird if it should outlive you and make appropriate arrangements for your pets continued care.

With budgies, if their diet, environment and amount of exercise taken remain perfect you can expect about a 10 to 12 year lifespan. Of course this is not a guarantee. Accidents do happen and there is always the possibility of health problems along the way. Realistically though, given that life is rarely perfect, most budgies only live for 5 to 10 years. Budgies are prone to becoming over-weight, particularly if their wings are clipped so as to restrict flight, which is of course the best form of exercise for them. Birds are ‘designed’ to fly, it’s what they do. To prevent budgies with bulging bellies, it is best to keep things like sprey millet and assorted seed treats, as a treat. In fact, for a budgie that doesn’t get much exercise, I’d recommend only giving treats once every ten to fourteen days. Make sure that you don’t forget to ‘bird proof’ your home before they are allowed out of the cage.