Acquired: Pet store
Posted Feb 14, 2013
Bushki was my first and only budgie. Even though it was a great and beautiful experience having him, I never bought another again; they are very cheerful and easy to train, easy to attache to, and friendly with everybody (once he got out of the bird cage and flew on the cable guy's shoulder who was repairing my internet at that time; very funny story:)). I guess that doesn't apply to all budgies, it really makes a difference though if you take them when thery're young. I have taught him a lot of things in such a very short period of time-3 months, and then he died:(((. Speaking from my own experience and also my friends',I say that budgies are really fragile. You have to be careful when taking one, chech his nose and under his tail to see if he's dirty, there are really high chances to buy him already sick. Before I got Bushki, I had chosen another budgie from the pet store, but took him back the very next day, he had difficulties in breathing, as he was doing this fast and strange. My Bushki didn't live long either, only for 3 months. My suspicion is that he was already sick, too, when I got him. I guess frailty is their biggest flaw, but if you accept this risk, having a budgie could be a wonderful experience. After all, a lot of people have budgies and some of them live for a few years.
Regarding maintenance, what I can say is that things are much easier with cockatiels:)