Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Sep 09, 2013
I’ve owned a couple of parakeets over the years. They are one of the easiest birds to care for and maintain. Supplies are easily accessible and they aren’t hard to please. What bird enthusiast doesn’t love a budgie?
There are a few things to consider before buying your feathered friend. While budgie supplies are virtually on every street corner, I would not recommend buying the bird from a pet store unless you know for sure they were bred and hand-raised there. Also, don’t buy a parakeet from a flea market. They might be ill and it’s possible you won’t know it until it’s too late.
Parakeets are often timid around humans unless they were hand-raised, so you’ll need to give your budgie time to adapt if that’s not the case. You should make an effort to interact with him on a daily basis. Invite him out of his cage. The more time your parakeet spends outside of his cage, the more he'll bond with you. On that note, while parakeet toys include cage mirrors, I wouldn’t recommend one for your budgie if you’re planning on making him your buddy. They often form an attachment to the image in the mirror and pass on the human friendship.
If you’re looking for a friendly, intelligent companion you can't go wrong with choosing a budgie. Many people choose a parakeet as their first bird. Parakeets can be really friendly and if you are persistent, you can teach your parakeet some basic tricks. They have great personalities once they’re socialized properly.
There aren’t really any cons to owning a parakeet, other than they like to chatter and chirp in the mornings, often before you’re ready to get out of bed. However, this is a small inconvenience when compared to the fun and laughter they provide in return.