Acquired: Pet store
Posted Sep 04, 2014
Overall, my experience in budgerigar ownership was a positive one, albeit one tinted with sadness. My budgie bill was a beautiful bird, bright yellow all over and was a birthday present from a relative. I will share below the pros and cons of owning a budgie as a pet in as far as my own experience.
Budgies can be fun and amusing pets to have in the house. As very social birds, they are often busily trying to communicate and interact with you. They are always chattering and singing, and it is easy to develop affection for them in a short time. Budgies are also fairly intelligent and can be trained in a variety of ways. I trained Bill to perch on my finger and would walk around the house with him just chilling there perfectly contented. With enough work they can be trained more extensively. So overall cute, lovable and interesting.
Whilst some will find the constant 'talking' to be endearing, others will find it irritating. My budgie literally never shut up, and at times it could get a little much. They also require a lot of attention so if you live a very busy life I would advise against getting a budgie, although with a few toys and a mirror they will often be happy as Larry. As with most animals, cleaning up after them and feeding them can be a drag. The budgie's cage is certainly not the easiest thing to clean.
Overall, a budgie can be a fantastic pet but would not be an ideal fit for everyone. My bird sadly died of a rare disease we could do very little about. If your budgie gets sick, I urge you to do your own research, as a vet will neither know nor care in most cases.