Acquired: Pet store
Portland, Oregon, United States
Posted Mar 21, 2014
We had a Budgie Parakeet growing up, two actually, for only about 6 months. Mine was yellow & green named Tweety, and my sister's was blue named Angel. These birds were incredibly loud and smelled awful. We still thought they were beautiful creatures, and were excited at the notion of teaching them to mimic sounds, which we never did.
I remember when they would get out of the cage when we went to feed them or something, and they would fly around our bedroom, clinging onto the drapes. We knew how to hold them, because the man at PetSmart taught us how to do so, but it was difficult to catch our birds. We also had to wear cotton gloves when doing it because they would bite or scratch when we tried to catch them.
We learned that owning a bird is definitely not for everyone, and eventually we gave them away. We didn't know what we were getting into. I recommend that everyone does research and maybe even spends significant time with someone who already owns a bird before purchasing your own. It can feel very guilty, as an animal lover, to own an animal and then give up on it, so make sure you know what you are getting into before you purchase a bird!