Rightpet

Bluey

Budgerigar

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Pet store

Gender: N/A

Appearance

5/5

Friendly with owner

3/5

Friendly with family

3/5

Trainability

4/5

ActivityLevel

4/5

Song-vocal quality

5/5

Mimics sounds-words

4/5

Health

4/5

Easy to feed

0/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

4/5

Bluey the budgerigar

By

Northland, New Zealand

Posted Dec 20, 2012

For many years, my family owned a wide array of budgerigars. One who I remember most vividly would have to be "Bluey", who was.. funnily enough, Blue. Although I was never a fan of having caged birds around, my Mother really enjoyed having birds around and I decided I would have to deal with my feelings about caged birds. If you do choose to get a budgie, it is obviously important to ensure that your other animals can not get to the bird easily. If you don't feel like it's fair to keep them in the cage for too long, you can let them out to fly about the house and they are more likely to become tame if you do so. You can also train budgies to speak but you need to be very patient and spend a lot of time with them. The budgie is a parakeet and eats seeds, but it is important to make sure you keep the bottom of the cage clean so they aren't living in their own dirt. They also enjoy chowing down on cuttle fish bone which is a great source of calcium and will give the birds something to do and keep their beaks from becoming overgrown. If your bird is alone, invest in a mirror for them to look at. Bluey would spend hours chatting away happily to himself. If you do choose to introduce a "mate" for your bird, make sure they get on before you put them together. On one occasion we put Bluey and "rainbow" (you can imagine what she looked like) together and she hen-pecked him to the point where I'm sure he reached birdy depression. The budgie is a lovely bird that is relatively easy to care for as long as you remember to keep their cage clean, give them things to do if you do have to leave them for a while and interact with them. If they don't get enough interaction they will frighten easily and bite you... and it hurts! Keep your cats away and keep the windows closed. Enjoy your new addition to the family!

1 member found this helpful