Guest Author - Mavis Metcalf
You have done all the research and decided to add a baby Budgie to your home. Congratulations.
You have purchased the largest cage you can afford and that you have room to place in your home. You have different sizes, shapes and textures for perches in the cage. You have budgie seed, pellets and fresh fruit and vegetables ready to feed your new Budgie.
You have contacted a Budgie breeder in your area who has a clutch of babies that are ready to be placed in a new home and now, it is finally time to bring your new companion into your home.
Please note that I do not recommend purchasing your Budgie from a pet store. Pet stores are great places to purchase cages, toys, food and other supplies for your pet, but the breeder is the best place to purchase your pet.
Now, it is time to contact the breeder and set up an appointment to pick out your baby. You can expect that there will be from two to six baby Budgies ready at one time from one clutch of birds. If more than one clutch is ready, you may have a larger selection to make your choice.
If you have decided on a male Budgie, please let the breeder know and he or she will do their best to narrow the selection down to what you are looking for. There is never any guarantee that they will know for the sex of the baby for sure, but they will do their best. It is often very difficult to determine this with baby Budgies.
Once you have the selection of birds in front of you, it is time to decide which one you will be taking home. The colour of the bird should not be the first point in making your decision, but that will obviously play a role in which bird you choose.
Look for bright eyes, healthy looking feathers and a bird that is active first. A good breeder is likely to hold back any babies that are not 100% healthy, but it is up to you to check each baby out for yourself and not rely entirely on the breeder.
Another thing to look for is the personality of the baby. You want an inquisitive, friendly and outgoing Budgie who is not afraid of anything.
Once you have narrowed down your selection with the above criteria, you can then make your decision by colour or you might decide that the personality is going to judge your decision. Of course, since you are dealing with a Budgie breeder, you may not have eliminated any of the babies by looking for health and personality first, but this is always the best way to make your decision.
I hope you have done your research before you bring a new bird into your home, but if you want to check out one more reference, please take a look at the e-book I have written. You can find it here