I've had my first budgie since October 2003. I took him for his first check up within a week of bringing him home. My question is how often should I take him to the vet for just an overall check up?
Missy
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I've had my first budgie since October 2003. I took him for his first check up within a week of bringing him home. My question is how often should I take him to the vet for just an overall check up? Missy

Once a year should be fine unless you notice something odd/wrong about the budgies behavior.
Jill
I've had my first budgie since October 2003. I took him for his first check up within a week of bringing him home. My question is how often should I take him to the vet for just an overall check up?

I'll probably get flamed for this, but my budgies don't get regular check ups. If they appear different or sick, I'll take them to an avian vet. Otherwise I can't see dragging them out of the house into a stressful situation if they're acting as sassy and happy as usual.
Becky
I've had my first budgie since October 2003. I took him for his first check up within a week of bringing him home. My question is how often should I take him to the vet for just an overall check up?

Annual is fine. If you want to clip your bird, it may be based on when the bird moults, rather than a fixed calender.
I've had my first budgie since October 2003. I took ... him to the vet for just an overall check up?

I'll probably get flamed for this, but my budgies don't get regular check ups. If they appear different or sick, ... see dragging them out of the house into a stressful situation if they're acting as sassy and happy as usual.

I agree. I've only taken my parrots to the vet twice - once to get microchipped (after losing one), and once to get sexed (so I could find them all partners).

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I've had my first budgie since October 2003. I took ... him to the vet for just an overall check up?

Annual is fine. If you want to clip your bird, it may be based on when the bird moults, rather than a fixed calender.

I never clip birds, it's too cruel, but I'm told it's easy to do it yourself, just take half an inch off th flight feathers and they will lose a little lift. Repeat as and when necessary.

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Annual is fine. If you want to clip your bird, it may be based on when the bird moults, rather than a fixed calender.

I never clip birds, it's too cruel, but I'm told it's easy to do ityourself, just take half an inch off th flight feathers and they will lose a little lift. Repeat as and when necessary.

I am not endorsing clipping or not clipping, but you are giving out poor information on how to clip.
http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww19eii.htm

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I never clip birds, it's too cruel, but I'm told it's easy to do ityourself, just take half an inch off th flight feathers and they will lose a little lift. Repeat as and when necessary.

That's not even remotely close to the right way to clip a birds wings. But it's right on target if you're trying to show off your ignorance.
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I never clip birds, it's too cruel, but I'm told it's easy to do it

yourself, just take half an inch off th flight feathers and they will lose a little lift. Repeat as and when necessary. I am not endorsing clipping or not clipping, but you are giving out poor information on how to clip. http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww19eii.htm

I disagree with a lot of that page. For example:
"Unclipped birds can easily panic and fly into windows, glass doors, or mirrors, injuring themselves."

Wrong. They only do it a couple of times, and it doesn't hurt. They quickly learn. Parrots aren't stupid.

"Small birds, able to get into smaller spaces, have flown into open cupboards and drawers and been locked in or have gotten trapped behind refrigerators. Others have drowned in open toilet bowls."

Then don't close cupboards with birds in them. Anyway they climb. And I never leave the toilet seat up.

"There are many things around our homes that are toxic or dangerous to birds, lead paint, household cleaners, etc."

What the hell are you doing with toxic chemicals lying around the house with pets? You wouldn't do it with your toddler. Toxic chemicals belong in the garage.

"Birds, like children, must be taught where they are allowed and where they are not allowed. They should be trained to stay, when placed on a gym or other permissable area. A bird with clipped wings will be more likely to stay where you place him."

People who insist their pets must do what they want, when they want shouldn't have pets.

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