Tea and Freeing my birds

by Chris

Alright, this is a two part question.

I have two budgies, a green male (Sunny) and a blue female (Lucy). Lucy is a few years old, and I've had Sunny for about 7 years now, him having survived an older companion of his. It's been about 4 or 5 years since I've taken Sunny out of the cage, and Lucy has never been out.

Question (1): What should I expect taking them out? When I used to take Sunny and my other bird out, it was always a hassle. Sunny was really young, and the older bird never liked coming out. Often they'd panic, flying into walls. If they saw the cage, they'd fly back to it right away. Sunny is a very stable and friendly bird, so it's hard for me to see him panic. My only fear is that the concrete walls of my new home will hurt them.

Question (2): I've recently become a drinker of gynostemma tea. It's an eastern tea similar to gensig, but much more therapeutic. It has such beneficial qualities that I'm wondering if it would be good to give my birds this tea instead of water.

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Jan 20, 2009
yes, hand tamed
by: Chris (bird owner)

Sorry, I should have added- Both of my birds are hand tame and friendly. They are both very comfortable around me. It used to be that whenever someone came near while they were eating, they'd jump back up onto the perch. Now I can put my hand in the cage and they will keep on eating, unafraid.

Sunny is friendly with everybody. Lucy is afraid of everybody and everything except me.

Jan 19, 2009
"Freeing" your birds
by: Tracie

First, I would not let the birds out if they are not hand tame. They will not enjoy it and as you said they could hurt themselves since their wings are not trimmed.

If you decide to do this anyway, then let them out in a small room, like a bathroom, with the windows and mirrors covered.

If you want to hand tame them, then spend time next to the cage with your hand just inside the door with a treat or something for a few days. When they are brave enough to land on your hand for the treat, then you can work on slowly removing your hand with the bird on it.

Still, I would make sure you are in a small room with windows and mirrors covered before letting the bird out. Really, I would take them to get a wing clip at the vet before I did anything at all.

Jan 19, 2009
Tea for birds
by: The Vet

You should always provide clean fresh water to your bird and never replace it with another beverage. However a sip of decaf tea occasionally as a treat is acceptable. However I cannot speak to the safety of this particular tea in birds.

Dr B

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