Spangled Cobalt Budgerigar Bird Breed



You have decided to bring home a budgie! After considerable consideration, you decided to buy a color combination called a SPANGLED COBALT BUDGIE!
These birds grow up to 7 inches, and easily breed with each other.

With careful observation, you can learn to tell the difference between a male and a female. The male's cere is bright blue, while the female's is a brown. Her color is more prominent during breeding season.

Care for a SPANGLED COBALT BUDGERIGAR is simple enough; after obtaining the cage, some feed, and other items, you now have to find a reputable seller to choose a bird from. Birds can carry diseases which can effect other members in the home; from humans to animals. In selecting a bird, here are some things to look for;

Budgerigars can be bought from a breeder or from a pet shop. From either source, listening is one indication of a healthy bird. Is he singing? As he sees you approach he may quiet down for a short period of time. But as he watches you he will become active again. If he never perks up, do not buy.

Look at his seed bowl. Are there empty husks and seeds present? Or, is the food ground up into a powder? If in a powder, that can mean the bird isn't eating well and has digestive problems. Look at the droppings, they should be the normal black and white sturdy stools. If loose and watery, and a different color --they may have diarrhea. Check his vent area and make sure it is clean and free from caked on feces. Cuttlefish and millet sprays should be available for him.

Now select a few birds to examine. Look at his shape and conformity. Is he alert and standing upright on the perch? Or, is he holding his weight mainly on one leg? He should be evenly balanced on both legs. Does he cower on the cage floor, or sulk in a corner? He could be easily stressed, or feeling badly. Make sure he watches you with both eyes. If he only tilts his head to look at you from one eye, he could possibly be blind in the other. Are both eyes bright and clear? If any redness in the eye, tear stains or dried mucus around the eyes, swelling in the head area, he may have an eye infection or other disease.

Check the beak and cere (fleshy or wax-like swelling at the base of the upper part of the beak). A hen's should not be in a horn shape. And the color in both studs and hens should be a brown or blue (exceptions are Lutinos and

albinos). Look at the beak and feet for signs of scaly-face. His toenails should be neat and trimmed looking in appearance, and no pimple-looking spots on his legs or toes.

All his feathers should be smooth and laying nicely upon his body. Some missing feathers might not grow back, so look closely. Is there vomit or stools present on his feathers? If so, he has intestinal problems or diarrhea.

After selecting your new friend, bring him home to the cage you have prepared. Inside you should have some natural branches for him to stand and chew on.

Some breeders use a cement perch in the cage. The roughness of this perch acts like a nail file in keeping the toenails cut and smoothed. He will also keep his beak sharpened by trying to bite at this perch. Place as the highest perch in his cage. Other breeders do not encourage the use of these perches; feeling that if the budgie exhibits feet problems, check for Psitticane or Beak and Feather Disease.

You can tame your budgie, especially if a young bird. Already hand-tamed budgies will cost more. From two-three weeks old, gently pick him up, pet on him and then place back in the nest. At week 5-6, teach them to step on your finger, and letting them "walk" from finger to finger. After they get used to this, begin by placing on your shoulder. As he gets used to this, walk a few steps, building up to walking all over the home.

Budgies can have a vocabulary of up to 100 words. Begin training at 6 weeks and repetition is the secret to teaching him how to talk.

He can live well with canaries and cockatiels. He will attack smaller birds. His diet is the same as canaries and cockatiels; millet, green food, and canary food.

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