Acquired: Pet store
Kentucky, United States
Posted Mar 23, 2014
When I was younger, and I lived with my parents, we had a variety of animals. My Dad was in search for a bird that could sing and talk, like his Aunts did when he was a young boy. My Dad saw in the paper two budgerigars for sale, and we went to look at them. The owners said that their green one was mean, and the blue one nice. They said, we could have their cage and everything. As we were leaving I noticed a bunny in a cage who looked frightened by the children running around loudly in the house. The man said we could have the bunny as well, and my parents said no...but soon after we left I expressed my concern for the rabbits safety and general well being, and we got her too!
In case you can't tell-I am a huge animal lover! My experience with the bunny was great! As far as the birds go-the blue one was calmer than that of the green one, however they both seemed to have some stress from their loud living environment. The green one would peck at me, and occasionally at the blue bird. Yet, at night they would cuddle together.
I would let them out occasionally to fly around, but they were hard to catch to get back in the cage. General feeding and watering was easy. Also, cage cleanup was simple and quick. My Dad was never able to get those two to talk, but I enjoyed them anyway...even though the green one seemed to be a bit moody. However, I do believe this had a great deal to do with how he was raised before we got him, and the environment and which he came from.
My Dad ended up getting a yellow budgerigar from a pet store. His temper was similar to our blue birds-nice and calm for the most part. He had his own cage, and bird toys separate from our other two. He learned to say "pretty bird", but that was about it. He liked to make lots of bird noises however!
When we let our yellow bird out it was easier to get him back into his cage than our other two birds; we would just extend out our arm and he would land on it, and we would put him back in his cage. All of our birds lived around 6-9 years, and when our green bird died-our blue bird died within the same week. It was like they were of one heart-even though, as mentioned before, the green one could be a bully.
These birds usually live 6-9 years, but I have heard of them living up to 15 years. Also I have heard that if you want them to mimic what you say they shouldn't be with other birds, because they will socialize with them and not you. Also, at night I recommend covering their cage so they go to sleep, and don't keep you up with their chatter. With that said, remember budgerigars weather they learn to mimic you or not, will vocalize by singing and making other bird noises. (This is definitely something to consider and think about before buying one) Also, keep in mind they are also very social animals, and therefore need human contact. If ignored, they will be hard to keep under control. So all and all they are easy to maintain food and cage wise, but they do require more attention than many people realize.
In closing, I would say a lot of how your bird behaves has to do with how it's raised. I believe this is the case with most animals, and even human beings!