Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jan 09, 2014
When given a fairly consistent daily life routine, budgies are truly great pets! I have always given my birds ques such as being covered by a dark, but lightweight cloth in the evening and uncovered in the morning. This has prevented my birds from being noisy before I wake up, even if my schedule varies somewhat.
Spending even just a few minutes a day with my current bird out of the cage and on my shoulder as I complete tasks, and a little more time on the weekends has caused her to bond with me. I can leave her while on short trips without a caregiver, and she will drink and eat out of multiple dishes.
She seems to be intrigued with babies and to enjoy the interaction she's had with those around a year old, who are delighted by her color and short flights.
I do not actually clip my birds' wings, because she is a poor flyer and I believe would not get very far should she accidentally make it out a door some day. If you handle your bird, though, it is not too hard to clip them.
My current bird is a female, as her brown, flaky cere tells me, and her lesser inclination to mimic actual words. My previous male parakeet could say, quite clearly, names, phrases, and certain commands, and was extraordinarily entertaining. We attribute this inclination to copy words mostly to having heard family members often read aloud in close proximity to the cage.