A Learning Resource

Education and sharing knowledge are how we grow. When armed with knowledge we can make informed decisions that will have a positive impact on our Budgies. Under the guidance of Dr Kevin Eatwell BVSc (hons) DipZooMed (Reptilian) DipECZM (Herpetology and Small Mammals) FHEA MRCVS. Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European College of Zoological Medicine recognized veterinary specialist.

UK Budgerigar Club are able to offer guidance on all Health & Nutrition Issues. Access to our learning resource should provide you with the answers you need to all your questions. We will be constantly updating the learning resource so if there is something you need help with let us know.  The learning resource contains our Health Courses, instructional videos, fact sheets, pictures, and the very popular “Ask Dr Kevin” series available on our Facebook Page.

UK Budgerigar Club are extremely fortunate and grateful to have someone of Dr Kevin’s experience and expertise on board and being able to offer this to our members is a fantastic benefit.

 

 

Instructional Videos

A selection of instructional Videos to help guide you through those processes where confidence is lacking. New videos are always being added so check back for more. If there is a particular subject you would like to see covered then please let us know.

Health Courses

There are going to be 19 presentations for members only with an extra two open taster sessions for all so everyone can find out if they wish to join us on this journey. Dr Kev will provide you with help and support via our website, on our health group and live sessions (likely Facebook live from our health group) will be organised as well for any questions you may have. Join us in what promises to be a great learning experience providing you with the knowledge and resources you need to take your birds to the next level.

Ask Dr Kevin

Getting medical advice for our budgies is not always easy. Avian specialists are not always easy to find and when you do find one you might not be sure if your concerns warrant a visit to the clinic. So why not ask Dr Kevin!

Dr Kevin Eatwell BVSc (hons) DipZooMed (Reptilian) DipECZM (Herpetology and Small Mammals) FHEA MRCVS. Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European College of Zoological Medicine recognized veterinary specialist also keeps and breeds Budgerigars himself.

Dr Kevin will hold a 30 minute live question & answer session on the UK Budgerigar Club Facebook page on the first Saturday of every month. These sessions are open to EVERYONE.

So if you have a single pet Budgie or an Exhibition stud of hundreds of Budgies and have concerns, ask Dr Kevin.

What to Feed?

With a massive variety of seed, complete pellet diets, Egg foods etc. What to feed our Budgies can sometimes be confusing.

Breeding

Having a nest of baby budgies can be fantastic experience but what do you need to do to start breeding your Budgies?.

Preventative Medicine

Should we be using preventative medicines on our Budgies? Regular treatment of cats and Dogs for fleas, parasites etc is common place. Should we take the same approach?

Exhibiting

I’d like to exhibit my Budgies

A basic how to guide on exhibiting Budgerigars

Nutrition

What do I feed my Budgies?

A basic how to guide on feeding Budgerigars.

breeding

How do I breed Budgies?

A basic how to guide on breeding Budgerigars.

Genetics

What colours will I get?

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Medication

What medications to use and when can be confusing. Incorrect dosages can be lethal! Dr Kev has put together some fact sheets to help us keep our birds in optimal health.

Dr Kevin Eatwell BVSc (hons) DipZooMed (Reptilian) DipECZM (Herpetology and Small Mammals) FHEA MRCVS. Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European College of Zoological Medicine recognized veterinary specialist also keeps and breeds Budgerigars himself.

Calcium Carbonate

Is an essential mineral for all budgies. Resting birds have a calcium requirement of 0.85% of their diet which increases when breeding.

Iodine

Deficiency is common and initially causes birds which appear otherwise well to make a respiratory noise.

Ronidazole

Is a commonly used medicine to treat Trichomonasis gallinae infection in Budgerigars.

Fluralaner

Is a novel miticidal product used to control red mite. It is prescription only and detailed advice will need to be followed.

Antibiotics

Antibiotics should not be used routinely in budgerigars unless you are following specific
veterinary advice.

Doxycycline

Is a commonly used antibiotic to treat Psittacosis in budgerigars which is due to the bacteria Chlamydia.

Ivermectin/Moxidectin

Are used to treat and prevent parasitic infestations in budgerigars. They both essentially have the same range of activity.

Sodium Benzoate

There is data showing this fungistatic food additive is helpful at controlling Avian Gastric Yeast.

Cod Liver Oil

Many essential oils are provided to budgerigars, but, Cod liver oil additionally contains two essential vitamins.

Supplements

commercially available supplementation is an economical route to consider, but choosing an appropriate supplement is important.

FAQ

Frequently Asked

What should I feed my Budgerigar?

Budgerigars are seed eating birds and most people have them on a seed based diet and give them extra supplements. Another option is to encourage your bird to take a complete pelleted diet which is nutritionally balanced.

Does my Budgie need a friend?

Budgies are a social species and although they can bond to an owner as an individual pet, most people prefer to have at least two birds together for companionship.

Is my Budgie too thin?

You can train your budgie to weigh itself on small scales (weighing in grams). Budgies usually way between 30 and 60 grams so knowing your birds weight is important. If you can feel the keel (chest of your bird) it should feel slightly rounded. If it feels pointy your bird has lost condition.

Will my Budgie be warm enough?

Cold temperatures will make your bird eat more but they can also easily overheat if next to a sunny  window. Try to keep your birds at a steady comfortable room temperature between 18 to 22 degrees.

How can you tell a sick Budgie?

If a budgie gets sick it will fluff its feathers out to try to keep itself warm. If your bird does this or sleeps more than usual contact your veterinary surgeon.

How much do Budgies eat?

Budgies have a high metabolism so need access to food all the time. A budgie that stops eating is a critical emergency.

How is it best to offer water to my Budgie?

Most people use a drinker on the side of the cage which should be cleaned out daily. Budgies however also love a bath as well and open dishes or special bird baths can be used for this purpose.

Are my Budgies droppings normal?

If your bird is eating a seed diet then the dropping should consist of a central dark green portion (faeces) and an outer white portion (the urates from the kidney). There should be minimal water around this. Birds on pelleted diets or those taking a lot of fruit or vegetables will have a looser dropping.

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