Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted May 29, 2013
As a toddler, Benji was the first pet that I ever came in contact with. My grandfather had many years experience owning a plethora of different types of animals, but he had a special bond with birds. In fact, he would rescue and train many different species of non-domesticated birds who would come and go as they pleased on the property. It was quite remarkable.
Benji swooped in one day to my grandfathers property. Devoid of a tag or any means of knowing where he came from (remember, this is also back before the internet), he kept him as his own and eventually gave to me and my family as a pet.
Benji was very intelligent and vocal. He loved to speak up, especially when younger children like myself were present. He was quite entertaining and would carry on what seemed like conversations, back and forth.
In terms of cages, long rather than tall cages are recommended. We gave Benji a lot of freedom as he was initially found outdoors and we trained him to come and go as he pleased. We had fresh water and feed always present and would take care of him when he came back. Once we got him in the house, he was mostly caged because we had a curious cat who would likely have wanted a tasty treat.
We are unsure of the age he was when we acquired him. Budgies typically live for 9 to 10 years, but as I recall, we only have him for 3 or 4 years.
In all, it was a great first pet and helped to teach me responsibility and peak my constant curiosity.