Acquired: Pet store
Georgia, United States
Posted Sep 06, 2014
My family had a sweet female budgie for eight years. Though she especially bonded with my dad, she would whistle to anyone she recognized. Her chatter made the house feel warm.
She was trained to step up on our fingers, and she loved to "play" by whistling and pecking at our fingers. The kids in my family adored watching her play with her various toys. Her mirror, of course, was her favorite; her reflection was her companion, and I highly recommend that any prospective budgie owners purchase a mirror for their friend if they're purchasing just one.
Though a great starter bird, there are some things to bear in mind about budgies. First, they're messy. There was always an aura of seed shells and feather dust around the cage. Second, those parakeet cages--the ones that look like houses--are not ideal environments. Budgies will instinctively perch at the highest point. It's important to buy a flight cage with many horizontal perches to ensure that your bird gets exercise, and you'll want to have a variety of perches, ranging from thin to thick, to help their grip strength.
Finally, be careful with the females. If they bond with you, they may lean forward to let you scratch their back. They perceive that scratching as breeding behavior, and this can result in the female becoming egg bound, which can be fatal if it's not addressed quickly enough.