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"Changes for the Better" Thread

Hello everyone

I thought that it would be a nice idea to make a thread about things we have done to make out fids lives better and things we plan to improve on the in future. one persons changes for the better might help give ideas to others.

i hope many people participate and don't be too shy about things you haven't changed but are going to! just list your changes or plans and write a sentence or two about it

Changes:
- more play space. i keep adding to my play gyms to make their hours outside the cage more fun filled.
- diet change. fo a while i have been trying to switch to mostly pellets. right now i have both a seed dish and a pellet dish which they all eat out of both of them.
- bigger cages. i have recently gotten a large flight cage and i am planning to get another for the other half of the flock soon.
- bathing. this is my new thing that i do. i figured out that half of my flock really loved being misted with water, so a few times a week i will spray them down (hopefully this will help keep them cleaner and lest dusty).
- cleaning water dishes. before i only used to change the water and run my finger around the dish to clean it and once a week i would take a toothbrush head and scrub the water dish. now i scrub the water dishes every day to keep them cleaner
- vacuuming. for a few months now, i have been vacuuming my room everyday. i used to do it only every other day

Plans for the better:
- more veggies. only half the flock likes lettuce and two of the birds will eat broccoli. i plan to give them more of a variety and hopefully they will eat more
- cleaning under the tree- right now it is too cold out to take the 1/2 of shower curtain out from under the tree and wash it off. when it warms up i will wash it more often again. its not so much of the poop that is bad, but the dust from them being over it all day
- more toys. they already get as many toys as they want but i want to make toys specifically for Pickles because she acting like a hen and chewing everything. so rather than "yelling" at her i will give her more opportunities to chew on something else other than my windows (egg cartons are just not enough for her )

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Great thread!

- diet change. fo a while i have been trying to switch to mostly pellets.

I heard that a diets is supposed to be more seeds than pellets. I would keep it the way you have it now
For veggies, the more the better.
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Great thread idea Shelly! When I had my Budgies and 'Tiel it was always to improve diet, always give a variety, etc. To make sure they were mentally stimulated so that they weren't dying of boredom. Also, to make sure they were getting out for at least an hour a day.

Even if you think you are the perfect bird owner, I'm sure there is SOMEthing you could always improve.



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Oh I've got plenty to put down but I'm on this stupid app! I will get to it later

As said above though, you really don't need to feed a budgie pellets. If a bird is a naturally seed eating bird then it can be a part of their staple diet. My aviary flock of budgies have seeds daily as well as leafy greens. Every other day to a few times a week they get different fruits and veggies. Twice a week or more (if they're breeding or have chicks) I give them moist egg food. Although I'm not feeding them chop, which I like to feed my other birds, I have noticed how well my budgies get on. I have little to no problems with their nutrition, I breed from them all very successfully (or as successful as you can be haha) and my chicks come out amazing! I had tried feeding then pellets and it just wasn't for me and certainly not for them


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They do eat way more seed than pellets. They might take a few pellets as a snack or if someone else is at the seed cup

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Great thread idea! Here's mine!

Things I'm doing now: Working to just keep their whole space cleaner and more maintained, getting them on a better sleeping schedule that is more consistent, and rotating their toys more often on the weeks I am busiest.

Things I'd like to accomplish: Better bonds with the budgies, taming the new lovebird, get them weaned off their night light and able to sleep in the dark without night frights, and work on getting everyone to eat more veggies!
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Things I'm doing now: My cockatiels have finally started eating fresh foods, which has been absolutely delightful. They're currently only eating leafy greens but it's taken me about two years so right now I'm buzzing! I hope that they soon go on to different fresh foods and that it will help with my breeding successes

Things I would like to accomplish: Complete overhaul of the outdoor bird room, which I may have discussed in another thread. It's a real mess as it has been used as part storage and part aviaries for the past 10+ years. It all needs gutting out, painting with new enclosures. I would like to get my aviary birds all eating chop if I can too

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I am hoping we buy this house so I can move the birds to the attic's two rooms, the smaller one will be for the smaller species so they can also live cage-free (they are now in flight cages as most of them are handicapped). The ceilings will be redone so as to fit a skylight and a roof window in each room (the roof window opens up so they could get direct sunlight) and more windows will be added on the walls. The floors will be the thick linoleum that gets glued down and the windows will have a stainless steel mesh on the outside (I once had a tree crash against a window of my birdroom and I lost some birds in the storm) as well as a mosquito screen. The moldings and the door will be metal (so the birds cannot chew them up). And there will be platforms all around as well as tree branches. I would also like to put a fountain with running water in each of them but I don't know how doable this is been that it's the attic and weight is an issue...
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other plans for the future: get an air purifier and try to make a better bond with bowie

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That sounds incredible, Bibi!
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That sounds incredible, Bibi!
Thanks. I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I've been wanting to give them access to direct sunlight for years... The larger species already live cage-free and have the metal platforms hanging from the ceiling with branches for perches, full spectrum and UV lights, fresh food (I don't feed pellets), solar schedule, etc so they are quite comfortable but I've been wanting to give the little ones their freedom from a cage for the last three years since I moved back to New Jersey. It took me a while to convince my husband to give up his study up in the attic (he likes the slanted ceilings) but he finally gave in to my nagging -LOL
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Haha that's so funny your husband gave up his study for the birds, it's great that you've got someone who's so understanding about birds
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He's not THAT understanding. He adores the dogs, cats and canaries but he doesn't like the parrots (he fears them and he's also a bit jealous of them) but he loves me and he knows that nothing makes me happier than to give my animals a good life so he usually ends up giving in to my requests - but that doesn't stop him from harping on the same subject all the time: "We spend more money on those parrots than we do on ourselves! We could be living like kings if it wasn't for them!" And he's right! LOL
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