Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jun 04, 2013
I've owned a budgie, named Tjoepke, for about 2 years. Sadly enough he died very suddenly.
Tjoepke was a male budgie, which you determine by the color of their beak, which is blue. This is necessary if you're keen on learning the bird to speak or learn it some tricks. Male budgies are much more easily trainable.
If you're intending to train your budgie to talk to you, make sure you only keep one budgie. As soon as it has a mate to talk to, it will ignore you. To bond to you, it will need to live a solitary life.
To get it accustomed to you, I sat in a dark room with Tjoepke the first couple of hours, with only a dim light near me. This way he wasn't going to fly off in the room, but stayed close to me. I then continued to speak to it in a calm way. I'd even suggest you do this on a sofa or a bed, a place where you can relax. The more relaxed you are, the easier the bird will bond to you. They really do sense your state of mind.
After a couple of months of practice, my bird was able to speak a couple of sentences, mimic some sounds and say it's name. From that moment on it's usually smooth sailing for the both of you.
If you are contemplating to get a budgie, please do realize that this kind of bird will ask for quite a large amount of attention. You should only get one if you are willing to spend at least one hour a day with your budgie. If you do that, you will have a little friend for the duration of it's life.