Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Georgia, United States
Posted May 05, 2014
At heart, I'm a dog person, but somehow I was convinced to babysit a parakeet a.k.a budgie for a few days. Don't ask me why, but my friends are quite fond of dropping their pets at my place. Alright, maybe because I'm a sucker for animals.
Intelligent. Bullwinkle and I were almost like long lost friends. If you think parrots can talk, spend time with a budgie. Somehow, she trained him to wave hello and bow his head to seem "sad." Budgies have a sweet call, not nasally like parrots more similar to someone blowing on a whistle. He was a "big bird" too. Definitely larger than a finch. I'd say almost equal in size to a parrot.
Cleaning. Maybe it was just Bullwinkle, but man he was like an outhouse with neon feathers. Constantly having to clean its cage. If you're squirmy about cleaning bird droppings, you may want to avoid owning a budgie.
Bird poop like clockwork. I'd say every thirty minutes or so. Need to change and clean its cage on a schedule.
Overall, minus the upkeep. Budgies are smart and engaging companions. However, I'll stick with my dogs.