Acquired: Pet store
Posted Feb 26, 2014
I had a nice talkative budgerigar with a pretty blue color as it’s known for. It lived for 7 years before it had ended its days. I had it out of the cage every day because I had a too small cage for it, and it needs to fly every day, so it was a chore, but certainly a pleasure!
I could not get my shell parakeet to eat the food pills it needs, so I had to vary the seeds with vegetables, fruit and some budding seeds for it to be healthy. I got it as very young so it was tame from the beginning, mostly because I progressed slowly. From my experience it needs to get slowly used to human contact. I had a friend where it would bite him, and through conversation we think this is the reason :-)
Patience is good when you start out with this bird, but then as its confidence in humans grows, so does your relationship with it. At least with my bird our relationship flourished when it was really confident out of the cage, and it allowed me to take it up when I wanted to. We “talked” a lot and it was a good listener. I kind of miss it as I am writing this :-)