Acquired: Pet store
Posted Apr 03, 2014
My budgie, Peter, had his name chosen so that we could say “Pretty Peter” to him a lot in hopes that he would learn to “speak”. Sadly, he never picked it up. But if you’re persistent, I’m told, eventually you can get them chatting regularly. The cool thing about budgies, or small birds in general, is that they can be finger trained, or in other words, happily use your finger as a perch so they can come in and out of the habitat to fly about your home for exercise. Budgies like to be on fairly high points in a room, so sometimes they might fly to the top of a curtain rod and you might have to spend some time coaxing them back down. They also like to sit on your shoulder and tap you with their beak to get your attention.
Of course you don’t have to let them out to fly about. They can be quite happy in a cage, too. All they need is a mirror or two (so they think they have a friend to play with) a bell they can ring, a cuttlebone so they can keep their beak trimmed, a seed ball to snack on, and good supply of seed and fresh water. Unlike canaries, for example, budgies husk their seeds before eating them so they do NOT need grit. In fact grit can pose a health hazard to budgies. And the bottoms of budgie cages make a great place to put that bad review you got from your boss…
Sadly, they can be a bit frail. Mine acquired pneumonia (apparently) from being in a draft cause by the kitchen door opening and closing regularly.