Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted May 22, 2013
More commonly referred to as the parakeet, budgies are a fun, low demand bird that makes a great pet for those who wish to get something more than just an animal to look at. Most parakeets will learn to sit on a finger and interact with their owner, and many will mimic simple words and phrases. They are not nearly as needy as a parrot or a conure, and not as emotional as a cockatiel, though the first rule of bird-keeping applies to all species: The more you put into them the more you get out of your pet bird. Parakeets are not as intelligent as their parrot cousins, so do not expect to get amazon parrot-like qualities from a budgie no matter how much time you spend with them. That said, if you want a budgie that is friendly, interactive, and easy to handle, plan to interact with your bird multiple times a day. The less you handle them, the more of a cage only bird you will get. Through lack of handling, they will eventually shy from being picked-up, and may learn to distrust you altogether. So if you want a good one, spend a lot of time with them.
Like all birds, keep their cage clean, and provide plenty of fresh food, water, and play. Several companies make bird playgrounds that will entertain your parakeet for hours. Lastly, they are a social bird, which means if you keep more than one, prepare for the parakeets to bond to each other and not to you. If you want a companion, just keep one, and then be with it every day. If you want multiples, be prepared for that relationship to suffer some.