Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Posted Mar 24, 2014
For a first-time bird owner, the Budgerigar is a great pet to obtain. Intelligent, quirky, and lively, they are a small-medium sized bird that comes in several colors. Budgies can be bought easily and cheaply from a pet store, but it is important to understand that many birds kept close together can result in health issues, and budgies who have not been socialized at an early age (like many in pet stores have not) can be skittish and difficult to train. If training and socializing begins very early in the bird's life, budgies can develop into playful, affectionate pets who love being with both other budgies and their human companions. The budgie is very talkative and chatty, and many of their sounds can be loud and intrusive; do not get a budgie if you like a quiet house. Housing a budgie is easy, and commercial foods supplemented with some fruits and veggies make them easy to keep and maintain. Like any bird, though, budgies are VERY good at hiding illness and injury. Unless watched very carefully and examined routinely, the budgie can keep medical issues hidden for a very long time. I have made this mistake in the past with very unfortunate results, so do not assume that an easy pet means medical and veterinary care can be neglected.