Budgies – How to Take Care of Them

If you need to care for budgies, you need to understand what to do because losing a baby bird can be a very discouraging experience.

Where to Place Them?

Regarding budgies, a fairly large plastic type reptile container works great for the first few weeks, providing space for the birds to grow in and keeping them safe. Line the bottom of the pan with the cage liner and also use untreated paper towels on a daily basis, which will make cleaning effortless. If you put food at one end of the box and have the birds use the other end to cuddle, you can help prevent birds from making a mess at food spots.

When Should Parents of Babies Take Over?

Naturally, the first thing to learn about caring for budgies is that you should let their parents rather than take care of them. In general, the best choice is always to pull the entire clutch at once when the youngest baby is about 10 days old, which can put the oldest at around 16 or 17 days old.

At any time beyond that, you’ll discover that babies really don’t do hand feeding very well. If the baby budgies are so far apart that the largest is over 17 days old when the smallest is ready to be taken away, don’t be afraid to remove them one pair at a time.


Probably the most popular methods for weaning are the copious weaning approach; with this approach, you still use the syringe to feed baby budgies and provide them with enough adult food. This will motivate them to eat on their own. Gradually, as their independence develops, the baby birds will stop wanting the syringe and decide to eat their own food. Before selling your weaned parakeet, it is best to wait a short time after weaning to make sure there are no health issues. If not, then congratulations! You hand-raised the first budgies.

Feeding From Your Hand

Hand-feeding for the first few weeks is your best guess. It is recommended that you do this under the guidance of an experienced instructor before trying to do it on your own. You can buy baby bird food that should be given with a plastic type O-ring syringe. Young birds prefer to eat warm food, as they are fed vomited food. About 103 degrees Fahrenheit will be appropriate. However, if you do heat the food at all, be sure to mix it well and test the temperature beforehand to avoid hot spots and the like.

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