Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Feb 17, 2013
I have had many birds over the years and along the way l have had a huge number of Budgies.
As a Kid l had a small bird aviary and kept about 20 odd budgies, i had them all in together with a mix of males and females. They were very easy to keep and never required any special attention, which makes them a great bird for kids to start with. The budgie is an easy bird to bred, basically all you need is a male and a female and a very simple nest box, when spring/summer comes around the budgies will have mated and will lay 2 or 3 eggs at a time. The budgie makes a great parent and as an owner you will not need to stress about the young chicks as the parents will take care of their young.
In an aviary environment the males may fight for a female, but in my experience the fighting was never excessive and l had no problems with birds getting badly hurt or injured as a result of fighting for that female.
They are a low cost bird to keep, most supermarkets and animal/pet supply stores will have a pre mixed budgie seed which is relatively cheap to buy and if you are a kind owner you could and probably should give your birds some fruit or lettuce on a regular basis along with something for the birds to trim their beaks on. I.E. a piece of cuttlefish will do nicely.
We did have one particular budgie names "Terry" and l remember my mum taught him to talk and would also allow Terry out of his cage to free fly around our house. Each night Terry would put himself back in his cage and mum would shut the door and cover him up with a blanket. Terry spoke several words very well and was not an aggressive bird at all.