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Smile A christmas miracle!

long story short… very short…. my friend got budgies and they have gotten minimal care for 2 years. i have seen some bad conditions and deaths. but that has all changed because i own the 2 remaining birds!!! i never thought this day would actually come, but it did. they will now get daily care, be cleaned, get toys, and eventually be tamed (they are terrified of people). they will also be getting a petco white flight cage with a big door because i hate the cage they are in now.

just some before and afters…


this is the average "cleanliness" of their cage. i have seen it worse before o_o


this is a toy they had in there. though they pooped on it, it was never moved. it now lives in the trash can if it weren't for me making and giving toys to them, this would be one of the 3 that they would only have. they now have 8 toys in their cage that i made!


and the base is very dirty also. the edges are really gross also


and the inside of the water cup has been stained due to the tap water (and having lots of poop in it). i have been slowly scraping the green stuff off with my nail. when i look for a new cage, i am going to look for new seed cups.




on the bright side…. they have me now! 8 spoiled parakeets? challenge accepted!

they are being quarantined

i will be trying to switch them to pellet after they settle in. and in the new cage they will get better perches than dowels for their feet.

now they are clean and have 5 new toys i made. there were some others i made for them in there too it is a sigh of relieve to let my eyes see this


they are both the typical colors. this is bell… who i plan to rename.


and leo, a wild type looking keet. this will get confusing with the similar names of leo and leon!


they are 2 pretty scared little fids

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Oh my, that is disgusting! Thank you for taking them in to your care

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They have a new chance now They don't know it yet, but they are going to have a great group of friends to play with!

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What a great Christmas for Leo and Leon! Now they will receive the care they deserve.
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That's great! Glad you were able to take them in and give them another start to life.



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Oh yay! After you PMing me, I really wasn't expecting this Budgies only make little tiny poops, so cleaning up after them isn't hard at all + they're not too destructive so it's not like they're super messy in their cages either. And she's only got those two birds in one cage. Down right laziness really I think it does look a lot worse than it is. I'm just saying that because budgies poop every few minutes. They don't have many perches or much choice as to where they sit. If they sit in that same spot all day, pooping every few minutes, then it will build up quickly

Well done for taking them in though. I bet they can hear your other flock members It will be so nice to see all 8 interacting with one another. Nothing makes me more happy than watching my aviary budgie flock all hanging out outside!
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Oh, that's great! But do reconsider switching them to pellets, budgies are partial ground foragers so they eat quite a lot of grass seeds in the wild and they do very well on a good budgie seed mix for dinner as long as you give them cooked grains with veggies and lots of fresh leafy greens for breakfast. Pellets are nothing but ground animal feed grade grains and man made vitamins so you might as well feed them a multigrain bread and put vitamins in their water, after all.
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Oh, that's great! But do reconsider switching them to pellets, budgies are partial ground foragers so they eat quite a lot of grass seeds in the wild and they do very well on a good budgie seed mix for dinner as long as you give them cooked grains with veggies and lots of fresh leafy greens for breakfast. Pellets are nothing but ground animal feed grade grains and man made vitamins so you might as well feed them a multigrain bread and put vitamins in their water, after all.
Couldn't agree more! A lot of birds are unnecessarily put on to pellets. I much prefer a natural diet
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I think it does look a lot worse than it is. I'm just saying that because budgies poop every few minutes. They don't have many perches or much choice as to where they sit. If they sit in that same spot all day, pooping every few minutes, then it will build up quickly
true, but don't for get that some of my flock is caged in pairs and are in the cage all day. mine don't have near as much poop as that at the bottom. there was piles in there, but not anymore!

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Oh, that's great! But do reconsider switching them to pellets, budgies are partial ground foragers so they eat quite a lot of grass seeds in the wild and they do very well on a good budgie seed mix for dinner as long as you give them cooked grains with veggies and lots of fresh leafy greens for breakfast. Pellets are nothing but ground animal feed grade grains and man made vitamins so you might as well feed them a multigrain bread and put vitamins in their water, after all.
my other flock is on half and half. they get a container of pellets and their main food cup with seeds. most of them will eat mostly seeds and some pellets, which is fine with me

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so glad you have them and the are in a better home. m two budgies are on half pellets and half seed diet i keep offering fruit and veggies but they will not touch the fruits and veggies. you have some very pretty little boys and again congrats on our new fids

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they will be getting a new cage soon! the challenge will be catching them to put them in O_o

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Geez, that is atrocious! I'm so glad they are with you now.
No offense, but I hope your friend never gets an animal ever again!
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Shelly, thank you so much for adopting the two fids!
Now they have a loving and caring bird mom and a lot of budgie friends.
And that's what counts.

There are always different opinions about nutrition.
I don't feed pellets at all, we Western Europeans prefer natural food.

But think especially for budgies it's important to control the quantity of what they eat.
Their instinct tells them to eat as much as they can, because in their Australian habitat there is not always food available.

I would also recommend you to give the new fids a vet check so that your other budgies won't get infected by something, because the former owner didn't keep their enviroment clean.
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so glad you have them and the are in a better home. m two budgies are on half pellets and half seed diet i keep offering fruit and veggies but they will not touch the fruits and veggies. you have some very pretty little boys and again congrats on our new fids
It's true that they are not big on fruits or veggies but they go nuts for leafy greens (try putting one up high stuck between the bars and another leaf on the bottom, just make sure they are both dripping wet with water -they like to rub their bodies on the wet leaves) and they do love corn on the cob, teeny tiny baby sweet peas and baked sweet potatoes (mine also like grated carrots, beets and apples but it took me a long time to get them to eat them).
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My other guys like lettuce and the two new ones apparently like apples so I will try to put a slice in there to see if they still like it

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Dear Shelly, so glad to hear those little feathered babies are with you! With patience and love, they will be a wonderful addition to your flock.


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Good to hear the new budgies will be spoiled now!
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Bless you for taking them in! I'm sure they will be very happy with their lovely new accommodations! Great job!
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they are really coming along great! every time i see them i feed them some millet and they really look forward to eating it

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Thanks for taking these guys in!




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