How do older budgies treat young budgies
When budgies get old
Some parakeets - unfortunately very few - reach the proud age of ten or more years. The "Methusaleme" of the parakeet world bring it to almost twenty years.
Age not externally visible
From around the age of eight you can probably call your Welli senior - even if you don't look at its age at first glance. Normally, an old budgie is practically indistinguishable from a one-year-old from the outside. You have to look carefully to see the signs of age.
Changes in behavior
Old budgies are usually no longer as active and playful as they were in their youth, they often prefer climbing locomotion to wild flight maneuvers and take long siestas. Care must therefore be taken that the parakeets do not become overweight due to the reduced movement and slower metabolism! Some budgies simply eat less and thus adapt themselves to the lower calorie consumption. In return, many old parakeets drink more.
You should therefore provide your seniors with climbing aids to keep them mobile and to encourage them to continue to exercise.
Some parakeets court less actively and prefer to be scratched and fed by themselves. It goes without saying that couples cannot be separated in old age.
Some old birds prefer to sleep on both legs, maybe support their stomach on the perch or lie asleep completely - but be careful! If a budgie just sits around fluffed up, this can also be a sign of illness, which is why old birds must be observed very closely in order to detect an illness at an early stage.
Diseases in old age
The diseases that particularly affect older parakeets include osteoarthritis, tumors, gout and, under certain circumstances, even blindness. As always, such patients are helped by the bird-savvy vet and an adapted cage facility for disabled Wellis.
Moulting is also more strenuous and exhausting in old age than in younger years. Here you can support the seniors with appropriate nutrition, such as B. cucumber, golliwoog, chickweed, egg feed, semi-ripe millet or with spring and germ feed. If the moulting should stall, you can help the Welli through the moulting process by giving them silica or vitamin and amino acid preparations, after consultation with the vet who knows the bird.
Never alone - not even in old age
Lonely budgie widows and widowers can and must still be socialized with a new partner despite their old age. It is important, however, not to add a young bird, but rather a parakeet of the same age as possible, or at least a bird that is itself more than a year old.
Many keepers hesitate to add another conspecific to their old bird because they think it is too old to accept a new companion. This is nonsense! Old Wellis also get along extremely well with other parakeets. You have to consider that otherwise they might have many lonely years ahead of them. If you don't want a new bird, you should give your senior to a new owner, even if it is difficult. There you can join the parakeet with a flock or another lonely budgie.
When the final journey is imminent
Losing an old bird that has grown dear to you for years is a painful loss. It is a consolation that the animal was allowed to lead a long and happy life. Other bird keepers can understand the loss and offer comfort when a budgie dies.
If you have the feeling that an old bird is coming to an end and is in pain, you should take the patient to a veterinarian and, if there is no longer any help, have him relieve him in order to spare him further suffering. Many budgies also die peacefully and painlessly from old age.
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