Ohio, United States
Posted Dec 14, 2008
These birds come in the American variety (your regular small pet shop variety) and the English variety (larger, more expensive, bred for showing usually, but still makes a nice pet). Either one makes a great starter bird. Easy to care for, seed is cheap, not loud, just chatters, may talk, can tame down easily. There are over 800 color combinations of keets, based on chest color and wing coloration. A fun species to breed because you never know what color you will end up with. It all depends on the parent's background. BOTH MALES AND FEMALES WILL TALK. Saying only the male will talk is a complete fallacy.
Most of the pet budgies I owned have been females, and my budgies have learned to speak "human" from each other too. Of course, if you have a lot of budgies in a flight (cage), they will not talk. For best talking results, you need to start out with one, add another one when that one starts talking, etc. And never house uneven numbers in a cage. They will pair up female/female, male/male, male/female. Budgies are very social birds, but there can be jealousies if there are uneven pairs in a cage. If you happen to have 3 budgies in a cage and they are getting along for 3 years, they will be fine together. It all comes down to personalities too.
PS: I raise both English & American budgies and have been doing this off and on for over 25 years. If one is patient, I will take private orders for specific babies. I will not sell to pet shops. Deposit required, Northern Ohio area.