Acquired: Pet store
New York, United States
Posted Feb 12, 2014
My budgerigar which I recently owned was bright and beautiful (I thought it was the brightest colored bird I ever owned). It was bit difficult at first since I was not used to any type of bird before this budgie. I will tell you, however, although Sunny was not able to talk it would still (try to) mimic as if it knew how most of the nights when it tried it kept me up past my bedtime. Sunny was beautiful, intelligent, and very active especially when I or another person is in the same room with him. I owned two budgerigars but ended up giving the other to my little brother due to him wanting one so bad. As much as I loved this bird, keeping up with his messy habits were a bit too much for me. Since I work weird hours or even for longer periods of time, I really never got a chance to actually take more than few hours of my day to train Sunny. Everyday after work I would come back to a messy cage and Sunny just going crazy in the cage. After it was cleaned, only then would he settle down a bit and act like if I was the one who messed up his habitat (which was hilarious).
The little time that I used to have I did my best to try to spend it with Sunny. On the days when I had more than enough time, he would be so ever happy just chirping non-stop. Non-stop. Looking back on everything thing that I have been through with him, I wish that I had bought him when he was a juvenile or a baby as it would be much easier to tame and handle. I will tell you that in order to make a budgie happy, you have to give him/her plenty of space. I made the mistake the first time in buy a very small cage. When I upgraded to a larger one (about 1 1/2 - 2 foot cage), he would be more active flapping around and not just in one corner. Sunny used to play with his wiffle balls and bells all the time and sometimes even try to hang from them. In conclusion, budgies are great to look at and if trained right can be the perfect bird following your every command but if you leave them alone for so long or for long periods of time, then its even more difficult to tame and can be stressful.