The life of a wild budgie is not an easy one. The inland areas of Australia can become incredibly hot and dry, with many birds dying as a result. What this means for us, when considering budgie care, is that pet budgies are very hardy. They can kept in many different environments, from the very hot to areas where it snows.
this is not an excuse for poor budgie care! Making sure your budgie has
a good varied diet, access to clean water and plenty of exercise and
mental stimulation, is the best way to ensure it stays healthy. Budgies are designed for long travel and surviving on what they can find, which means that when kept in a small space (ie not having to fly 20kms a day) they will tend to obesity and related health issues.
Get used to observing your budgie so that you can tell if it is looking different than usual. This could be a sign that all is not well. In the wild predators would single out the sick budgies, so they will try to look normal for as long as possible. This means that if you budgie looks sick, it is likely quite unwell and you should act immediately. It pays to find out before hand if there is a vet nearby who is used to dealing with birds in case of an emergency.
Signs of a sick budgie can be found on the Budgie Illness page. The basic first aid for a sick budgie is to put it somewhere warm and dark so it can rest quietly until you can get it to a vet.
I will also be adding pages for the following topics at some point:
I have been given a guide to a basic first aid kit for budgerigars, written by a very knowledgeable budgie breeder. It was written with budgie breeders in mind so some of it may not be applicable for the pet budgie owner (or should that be pet budgie owned person!). A large part of good budgie care is being ready for any eventuality, so have a read and be prepared.