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Random Bird Care Questions Answered
Posted by Mitch Rezman on 1/4/2014 to Bird & Parrot Care
Several Green Budgies on tree branch

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Budgies in the Bedroom

Hi...I was just reading some information on your website about where to place a birdcage. We Have a bird cage in our oversized master bedroom, however I read that bedroom is not a good idea. 

Why?? We have 6 parakeets in a huge cage and have had them in here for a year or so...

They seem to love it as do I... thanks - Linda

If it is working for you, don't fix what's not broken.

Generally , birds may not do well in a bedroom because:

#1 They may wake up earlier than you and will wake you up.

#2 You may keep them up later than they should.

Birds should have 10-12 hours of undisturbed so as not to be over stimulated. They may consider breeding due to increased day light.

Excessive breeding can deplete their calcium levels and cause early death in females and egg binding.

Covering their cage with a bird cage cover will help prevent these problems or put their cage in another room.

#3 Parakeets, may not be a problem, but larger birds can be affected negatively by witnessing sex so they would not belong in a bedroom at all.

I hope this answers your questions.


Can a I put 15 - 20 budgies in one outdoor aviary?

Generally speaking, Budgies will breed better in a colony than simply a single (male/female) pair. 

A big problem with placing a number of mixed sex budgies in a single cage is the issue of fighting. Colony breeders will do better in a colony than just 2 budgies but not all birds are allowed to breed in a colony.

Generally one or two pairs will most likely become a "dominant pair" not allowing others to breed. Thus you can lose control of colors you might be seeking.

One male will service many females in a single cage but one female in a cage with many males will end up "exhausted" (for lack of a better term) or even injured.

Females not allowed to breed in this scenario will simply drop their eggs to the bottom of the cage. Introduction of additional calcium (cuttle bone) is highly recommended

Also the noise will be much greater than having the same amount of birds in individual cages and any bond between you and any of the birds is unlikely.

If you decide you want to raise "aviary budgies" I would suggest two cages housing each of the sexes with a third designated breeding cage big enough for one or two pairs of budgies. 

Do the dimensions stated in the bird cage listings include seed guards?

The listed cage dimensions do not include the dimensions for the seed catchers. In general figure an additional 10 inches side-to-side and front-to-back. Using the seed catchers is optional, we don't suggest using them, they are just another thing to wash and the birds do manage to toss things beyond the seed catchers anyway.

Lighting for Dometop Bird Cage

I have a dome A&E cage and I am looking at the lighting on your site with the wire bottom where the light stands on.  How do you attach it to a domed top?     

The light comes with a square frame with legs that easily fit a domed top cage. The light fits on top of it and the legs are set on top of your cage, including rounded top cages, they are best secured with plastic/nylon cable ties.
My bird loved his and played more in his cage after it was installed than in the 15 years prior.

Mitch Rezman

CMO Windy City Parrot

What bird owners have to say
Susan Date 1/4/2014
Nancy: Try Nutriberries. They come in classic flavor which I give as the mainstay and then I switch up adding a few of the tropical fruit flavor or the hot pepper flavor for a different treat. They are very healthy. You can crumble them up with seed at first and gradually stop the seed. I mix the berries with fresh fruit and veggies every morning and then at night I just put some in my birds cage by themselves (I do sometimes add Jalepeno pepper just because she loves it.) They also have nuts in them. I'd just keep putting back in the cage when she throws them out. If they're interesting enough, she might like them. They are expensive, so if you try this, get the smallest size to start off. Good luck.
Nancy Date 1/4/2014
My B&G refuses to eat pellets, throws seeds and grains out of the cage, screams at most fruits and veggies and gorges on nuts. I know she is not getting what she needs nutritionally, so how can I force her into good eating habits?
Mitch Rezman Date 1/4/2014
Hello Nancy It sounds like your blue and gold h sure you as you very well trained. What you're Macaw is telling you - "I only will eat the french fries keep the salad" The first thing you can do is to stop feeding your bird nuts. Nuts are Hostess Twinkies to birds, they taste good because of all thier fat. Kepp your food dishes 1/4 to 1/3 full. Over filling dishes make your bird more selective. Your dealing with a 3 year old autistic chld in a feather suit. Intorduce a well rounded food like Higgins Sunburst Gourmet Bird Food for Macaws that has a little of everything. Intorduce nothing else for 2 or 3 days and watch what happens. When you offer him nuts because he is screaming you are rewarding the screaming - cut out the reward, reduce the screaming
mary Date 1/5/2014
I had bundgies and they only mated with one and when that one died then they mated with the new guy.
Mary Date 1/5/2014
this concerns I have a mommy and daddy they do not mate with any other and their mother and father are also on board peaches has definitely lost intrest in sex and he;s supposed to be five yrs old I got him as a lays eggs for the past three yrs he has not fertilized them .but pumpkin and Einstein make up for it both theirmangos and peaches. child but from Different littlers .the have babies every two to three months.i;m going to seperat them but am afraid one will die they love each other so much.i think married people could learn a lesson from them.
Michelle Date 1/6/2014
I have three Ecletus, 2 males 1 female, the older male plucks out his feathers. he also pulls out his wing feathers, he can't fly anymore, ( his mate died 3 yrs ago). He was plucking before she died, what can I do to stop this bad habit?? Help!!!
Maeve Date 1/6/2014
First, I love your newsletters and the way you really view things from the bird's perspective. Now a question: this is the second time that you've written that birds can be damaged by witnessing sex. Why? And, how do you know? I have a white-bellied caique that's slept in a cage in the bedroom since the second or third night we've had him (more than 5 years). He's a happy, friendly, well-adjusted bird. Doesn't seem to have any issues. Should I be concerned that he's being harmed?
Jay Date 1/24/2014
Hi anyone know where I can get a play stand with the option cage cover ? Its a regular play stand but you could place the cage on. I seen it before but cant seem to find it.
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