Acquired: Bred bird myself,
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted Jun 30, 2013
Budgies are funny birds but if you're prone to headaches, it might not be the best option for you. They like to chatter and "sing" and they like to do it often! While this can be very entertaining, it might not be ideal for people who have a low tolerance for chatter and noise. If you put a mirror into the cage, you'll also notice that the bird quickly falls in love with himself (or herself - though males seemed to be more interested in their own reflection) and tell endless stories to the mirror image. You can even get fake budgies from a pet store so your bird doesn't get lonely - but I'd recommend to rather get another real bird (two males or two females, unless you want to breed them!).
We always had budgies in the house as long as I can remember. They were the first pet I had and I always loved them. However, as with other pets, I would not really recommend them for smaller kids unless they are very responsible kids and willing to take care of the animals AND the cleaning of the cage.
Even though the birds don't need fancy food, it would do them well if you could give them nice, healthy treats every now and then, e.g. apples or lettuce. It will do them a lot of good - just like it does humans a lot of good to eat fruits and veggies! You can also get some nice bird treats from pet stores - but you should only use those every now and then - birds, again like humans - don't need treats every day. Always give them access to fresh water and even if your drinker can hold more than the bird can drink in a day, clean it daily!