Budgie Health Information

Budgies are very hardy animals. When they are kept in a clean, dry home and fed on good quality food, they will normally stay in very good condition. There is more information on budgie care here, just follow the link.

When a budgie gets ill though, it may deteriorate very fast =(. You will probably get to know your budgie very well, so when your budgie’s health starts to fail, you will recognize the signs very quickly.

Budgie health problems can be made a lot less likely by placing your budgie’s cage in a suitable place. Somewhere that has a constant temperature and out of any draughts.

A good example would be to place your budgie in the living room, away from the windows and doors. Covering you budgie’s cage at night with a light cloth will help keep draughts away and the temperature constant.

There is information on budgie illnesses & budgie diseases here, just follow the link. On this page we’ll look at the signs of a healthy budgie. You can compare these to your own budgie and spot if anything is wrong.

  • Abdomen the outline of your budgie should be smooth. It shouldn’t be broken by hollows, growths of pads of fat.
  • Appetite your budgie should mostly early in the morning. He should dehusk seeds with his beak and eat only the kernels.
  • Beak should not be undershot or overshot, he should be able to dehusk seeds with it. Gasping with the beak open is a sign of either labored breathing or fever. Find out more about budgie beaks here.
  • Breathing should be quiet and fast. He should breath with his beak closed.
  • Cere should be waxy in appearance, there shouldn’t be any crusting on it. After about twelve weeks the color should show, blue for male, brown for female.
  • Claws & Feet there should be no malformation, encrustation or overgrown claws.
  • Demeanor normally quiet and approachable with periods of activity. He should be alert, observant, imitative and acrobatic.
  • Droppings should be firm, and should harden quickly.
  • Eyes his eyes should be bright and watchful. There should be no discharge and the third eyelid should not show.
  • Feathers should well preened and smooth. There should be none missing except during malting. Feathers should be held close to the body except when puffed out due to cold or illness. Spiky head feather are a sure sign of ill health. You can find out more about budgie feathers here.
  • Stance sits well clear of the perch, at around a 30° angle from the upright. There should be no hunching or huddling, and no loss of balance.
  • Tail feathers should be smooth and in tact, except in autumn and spring when long tail feathers are lost.
  • Wings should be strong and well feathered. They should be able to support the budgerigar easily in flight.

Budgie Feathers
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Budgie Poisons & Toxins
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Budgie Molting
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Budgies, Budgerigars Information
The Budgie-Care.com homepage. Find lots of information about budgies and budgerigar care.