Each parrot species has its own life span. The owner of a budgerigar needs to know how much his bird can live at home, so that after years, if necessary, you can adapt the bird’s daily menu to suit his age: you may need a lighter diet or the addition of vitamin complexes to maintain stable strong immunity.
If, for many years, your pet has always had access to fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits, as well as daily walks / flights, then the physical condition of your favorite budgerigar is unlikely to be unbalanced by the age of the bird.
The difficulty is that at 5 years old the budgerigar looks the same as at 15. Only by buying a young chick before the first molt, you can be sure of the age of your bird. How to determine the age of the parrot, you will read here
A feathered friend is more than chirping and a bell
The owner should be aware of the responsibility placed on his shoulders – after all, for several decades, a bird will live nearby, requiring attention, care and love.
You will have to face not only games and fun, it is quite possible that from time to time you will eliminate the consequences of mischief pranks: a discarded or nibbled flower (good, if not dangerous for the bird), torn wallpaper, constant and ubiquitous husk from grains and pieces of fruit on the walls .
Also, for years it will be necessary to carry out daily hygienic procedures of the cage, monitor the condition of toys and the playground, the quality of food and, if necessary, conduct a course of treatment and prevention during a parrot’s disease.
Behind a beautiful picture of a bright and energetic bird in a cage in your home, your daily work and care will be hidden.
The life span of wild budgies
In Australia, in the wild, the life expectancy of budgies is 4 to 8 years.
Leading a nomadic way of life, birds have to travel long distances to find food and water, and the slightest ailment or weakening puts the budgerigar in mortal danger.
In the homeland of parrots, in swarms of flocks, epidemics erupt, the cause of which is not fully understood by scientists due to the fact that each time different natural disasters or a combination of circumstances become the culprits.
For example, in Australia, often water becomes infected, causing mass death of birds. Therefore, organizations have been created that are trying to provide wild budgies with clean water sources, especially during a drought. People build artificial ponds and install drinking bowls in various corners of the mainland.
The presence of predators also complicates the life of wild parrots.
But by nature, wavy have strong immunity, which allows them to quickly restore the population.
How many years do budgerigars live at home
The life of a feathered Australian in captivity is on average 5 to 15 years.
There were cases that the birds went to the second ten. But, unfortunately, 5 years is the most frequent option.
What determines the lifespan of budgies?
- first of all, it is genetics: the results of improper breeding lead to congenital diseases, which significantly reduces the life span of a bird.
The budgerigar is the third most popular pet after cats and dogs. As a result of popularity, almost everyone who acquired a couple is trying to breed these birds. Inexperienced owners or unscrupulous breeders do not really delve into the pedigree of the waves and the health of future parents.
Closely related relationships entail hidden forms of chronic diseases that are not always detected. Outwardly healthy and cheerful parrot, for reasons inexplicable to the owner, can quickly “burn out”;
- Also, for the health and longevity of your parrot, quality and balanced nutrition is important. Budgerigars are very susceptible to various tumors. They occur with malnutrition, which leads to obesity in the bird and an upset digestive system (although these diseases can also be congenital).
Obesity shortens the life of a budgie by 70%
You can find out how to feed a budgie here and here;
- in which cage your parrot lives and where it is – it is best to resolve this issue before it appears in the house. Room condition: illumination, humidity, constant temperature, as close as possible to natural conditions of daylight hours. Cage hygiene, bird bathing, regular changes in water and feed. Quality control of products.
In more detail with the rules for caring for a budgie at home, you can find it by clicking on the link;
- it is very important whether the bird has the ability to maintain itself in normal physical shape. Here we are not talking about swing-simulators and football matches (which, of course, will also be a plus), but about the regularity of flights.
Daily walks are vital for budgies.
- It is important to prevent stressful situations for the bird.
Your attention and care affect the psychological state of the budgerigar. Talking and playing with a parrot, he will never feel loneliness and boredom in captivity.
The bird will be less susceptible to stress and will become more relaxed about the change of environment: arrival of guests, repairs, extraneous noise, rearrangement in the room, other pets – all these factors are potential stressful situations for the parrot. But, feeling the connection with you and your care, the bird will react to the changes as calmly as possible, knowing that his friend and owner are nearby;
- accidents, non-observance of elementary safety rules for a parrot are constant leaders in the causes of premature death of feathered pets.
It is extremely important to provide first aid to the budgie in time and consult an ornithologist!
The age of the budgerigar plays an important role when a bird is acquired for breeding.
For successful selection, we need wavy waves of a certain age. You can learn more about this here.
Budgies are cute and mischievous creatures that quickly win the owner’s heart. Having lived for more than 10 years, the bird is perceived by all family members as part of their life.
Many memorable events: good or bad, you experience with a restless and cheerful friend. Parting with the feathered is inevitable, but it is in our power to postpone it for as long as possible.