Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Sep 21, 2013
Between myself and my son, we have owned all kinds of pets, budgerigars being one of our favorite yet tiresome. Purchasing birds from our family friend, Gustavo, as well as a local store, in all we had around 5 different budgies of different colors. My son was around 7 when we first kept budgies, so bright colors appealed to him, our first budgies all baring brightly colored chests.
Our friend Gustavo showed us just how to tend to our birds, and how they loved to fly free. In fact, we let our birds fly free every single day, allowing them to live as they would in a real aviary. Our birds were easy to tend to, and we quickly progressed from one bird in a small cage, to four birds in a large cage. The birds were however rather noisy, and unlike a canary, they squawked rather than sang. Their cage would also become very dirty in a matter of hours, and the birds would eat the middle section of their food, spitting out the rest around the cage and floor. As much as I tried to cover the bottom area of the cage with something so that the bird seed would not constantly fall on the floor, I found myself cleaning every day, often more than once a day.
These birds were great to look at, and by covering their cage with a tea towel at night, they would sleep peacefully too. However, as soon as one bird became ill, we needed to separate all the birds, meaning that we had to invest in spare cages. Fortunately, only one of our birds died, and we were able to integrate the others back together after some time. Some instances of aggression were also shown between the birds at times, and it we discovered that one particular budgie liked to be king of the cage, pushing others from the top perch.
Never be mistaken that owning a budgie is an easy option. They require a lot of cleaning, patience, and the noise can often be overpowering when you have several birds in a confined area.