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FEATURE


* Budgies are FRAGILE creatures that do not recover well from diseases. In captivity, simple diarrhoea often kills budgies. Their nomadic lifestyle in the wild is excellent for avoiding contact with these sorts of diseases. In captivity budgies are surrounded by many diseases and constantly encounter poo from other birds – thus they can hardly avoid contact with diseases any more.


* Budgies are like American Passenger Pigeons – they breed in their millions in the wild, but they also can die in their millions when they encounter serious challenges of any sort. In extreme heat or during severe droughts, budgies die in their millions.


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* In their natural environment, the individual budgie is expendable. The evolutionary strategy of this species is to simply breed in vast numbers when times are good and thus to be able to cope with bad times even if numbers are drastically reduced.


BY DON BURKE


* For this reason, they also have very short lives – perhaps as little as about 2-3 years average in the wild. Even in captivity, most exhibition budgies average only about 4 or 5 years. (The record for a pet budgie in a cage according to the Guinness Book of Records is 29 years – note that a pet cage is the PERFECT quarantine isolation unit with a perfect climate and excellent food supply)


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