Lala the penguin was rescued from a fishing net and made himself at home with a Japanese family. He even earns his keep by doing the shopping at the fish market.

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This is sold as a "large budgie cage" but is way too small.

This is sold as a "large parakeet cage" but is way too small to house even a single budgie.

Budgerigars (a.k.a. "budgies"), often simply called "parakeets" in America, are one of the most popular species of pet birds. But most people don't realize that budgies are actually little parrots.

And like all parrots, budgies are super smart and need mental and environmental enrichment, a great diet, appropriate toys, and lots of attention and playtime. Budgies are also very high energy, so should have lots of opportunity to move.

That means these small birds need big cages. It's a big misconception that you can put small birds in tiny cages and that they'll be ok. In fact, almost NONE of the cages they sell  in typical pet stores are good enough to be daytime cages for ANY bird.

However, a cage can't just be large, it must also be safe -- and that means the bar spacing has to be appropriate for little beaks and bodies. The large parrot cages designed for cockatoos and African Greys feature spacing that's too big (and therefore not safe) for smaller birds

Below are a few good examples of appropriately sized budgie cages, as well as tips  for how to decorate your parakeets' cage(s).

Pepper, Female Budgie, in Her Flight Cage

Lindsay has several small parrots, including Pepper a female budgie. When setting up budgie cages, Lindsay says she always focuses on two things: space to fly, and stuff to destroy!

Pepper has a spacious powder-coated flight cage, which not only is a great size, but also has appropriate bar spacing for parrots her size.

Lindsay stresses that it is incredibly important to her birds' health and well-being to have room to exercise all day long, not just when they're given out of cage time.

For that reason, when she sets up her birds' cages, she leaves the center of the cage free of clutter, so that they have as much horizontal and diagonal flying space available as possible. [click to continue…]

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Sleep-Talking Parrot of the Day

February 14, 2012

You can hear Disco, the budgie, mumble hilarious phrases in his sleep, like: “Nobody puts baby bird in a corner” and “Don’t just stand there, bust a move!”

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Just for Fun: Hatebeak

December 26, 2011

The Internet is filled with so many wondrous things that sometimes we take it for granted. But every once in a while, something comes along that makes you stop in awe and say … … WTF is that? This isn’t just death metal. No! Hatebeak is a death metal band fronted by… an African Grey […]

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The Dominance Myth

December 1, 2011

In the parrot world, respected avian trainers and parrot behaviorists have long challenged the notion that the concept of “dominance” or “alpha status” makes much sense with birds. Trying to dominate a prey animal is just a bad strategy. Parrots don’t have the same social structures or psychologies as dogs, who are predators and pack […]

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Bird Cages: Finch Cage Setup

November 30, 2011
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Finches have very different needs than parrots, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give careful thought to providing a great cage environment for these small birds. Though they might not be as large or playful as parrots, they do need a lot of room (none of those awful decorative cages that hang in the corner, […]

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Bird Cages: Cape Parrot Cage Set-Up

November 26, 2011
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Cape Parrots are largest of the Poicephalus family of parrots, native to Africa. They are a short-tailed species with distinctive, large beaks. Size-wise, they could be considered similar to the African Grey parrot, although they don’t resemble each other. If you have a Cape parrot or are considering buying a cape, we encourage you to […]

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Angry Birds Pet Toys

November 26, 2011
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So this is now a thing… Angry Bird-themed pet toys With the success of Rovio’s Angry Birds game, the popularity of the merch was inevitable. Now your pets can join the fun of flinging Angry Bird toys across the living room with a variety of Rovio-licensed cat and dog toys, including plush chew toys, pull […]

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Thanksgiving Parrot: Recipe for Disaster

November 17, 2011

An oldie but goodie: How to prepare Thanksgiving Dinner with your parrot. You’ll need: 1 Turkey Mashed potatoes/gravy Corn Pudding Cranberry Sauce Green Beans Hot Rolls Stuffing Relish tray Sweet Potatoes Pumpkin pie/whipped cream Hot Coffee Grab a cup of coffee and follow the directions below the jump. It is going to be a long […]

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Who’s a Good Dog? … Erm, I mean Good Bird

October 24, 2011

Here’s  fun commercial featuring a gorgeous macaw… who wants to go to doggy daycare. Your bird doesn’t have to think he’s a dog to learn to fetch though. Teaching a parrot to retrieve is easy with clicker training. Learn more about parrot training and parrot training props.

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