Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Dec 03, 2013
Budgies are lovely little birds that can grow very tame and friendly.
General care: If you are able to take your bird outside of the cage, you can give them a smaller cage, but if your birds are flighty/untrained, you'll need a big cage to give them room to fly around. They can eat mainly millet, but need occasional supplementation with fruits and vegetables.
Training: Budgies are easiest to train at a young age, and I strongly recommend doing so. To start, put your hand in the cage and just let them see that you will not be grabbing them or doing anything else that they would see as threatening. As they get used to your hand, start moving toys, changing food and water and other chores close to the birds as much as you can. You will eventually be able to teach them to step up on your finger!
If your birds are older, you can still use these same steps, but they will take longer. Any bird can be tamed, but the older the bird, the harder it is.
One of the only cons is that their singing is more like screeching. It can get obnoxious. My bird had learned to mimic my quail's little chirps and trills. It was, to say the least, a bit more pleasant. He also used them to impress his cage mate, Guenevere.