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Budgerigar

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired:

Gender: N/A

Appearance

3/5

Friendly with owner

3/5

Friendly with family

3/5

Trainability

3/5

ActivityLevel

5/5

Song-vocal quality

5/5

Mimics sounds-words

4/5

Health

5/5

Easy to feed

0/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

5/5

Parakeets!!!

By

Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States

Posted Mar 01, 2009

My keets are awesome,but it takes experience and patience to get them to be happy.My birds are free flighted,with at least half being clipped for training purposes and safety.They eat a whole grain natural food,I make for them,and have many playstations throughout our home.I took in two parakeets from a friend,and as they were adults but not tamed,they posed a challenge.They originally were only cage birds,but nearly a year later,have begun to come near me on a regular basis,and when they had babies,let me help with them,as well,often flying around to tell me they wanted more foods,or coming right up to anyone with a plate of foods they could eat,grabbing what they wanted,and flying off again to go feed their babes.I am sure that most people could train their birds faster,but I have chosen to do things in slower steps with these great creatures,as they respond with less fear that way in my eyes.Parakeets seem to like being talked to,and need a variety of things to do,so we also provide that,along with foraging as much as possible.I think they can be a very stubborn type of bird if not raised differently from day one,and they dont like quick change,although almost any bird can be that way.The older birds I have are about six years old,and presented the greatest challenges in training and taming.We had to learn to slow our movements and energy way down along with our voices to notice the biggest changes in their behavior and best response to our actions.I have recently begun using music to teach the tamest,youngest, Budgies I have to dance,with funny results,like head bobbing,chattering,excitement.If you can devote a regulat patient training time to these guys,they do respond eventually,and food works wonders with them for training purposes.Additionally,they are great first time pet for anyone,old or young,and I often recommend that,as we dont feel there are really many drawbacks to these birds to speak of.They are very hardy when fed a properly balanced diet to prevent illness,can be cleaned up after easily,and are very fun.

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