Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Jul 06, 2014
My first experience with an American Budgie was when I fostered a friend’s bird for roughly two and a half years. She had a cat she was deeply attached to and the Budgie had been her father’s she was afraid her cat was going to eat the bird. Harley was really loud the noise level between a budgie and a cockatiel is a pretty big difference. But he was affectionate and enjoyed cuddles. Budgies are not nearly as laid back as cockatiels are. They are constantly on the go and kind of remind me of small dogs. It was pretty heartbreaking when my friend wanted her bird back as she told me at one point I was going to be keeping him. But I’m glad I was able to keep him safe for her while she made a decision on what to do with her cat. It is important to supervise Budgies and Cockatiels if you have them together. Budgies can bully cockatiels even though they are smaller in size. It is generally not advised to keep the two species housed in the same cage. I found they could enjoy out of cage playtime together with little problems.