Acquired: Pet store
Posted Sep 07, 2014
When I was 12, I had worn my parents' patience asking for a dog or cat. Neither parent wanted the work of caring for a large animal, so they got me a budgie and I agreed to train it as part of the school Science Fair.
Budgies are not easily trainable but they can be socialized. I taught the bird to sit on a pencil and then on my hand. He would ride around on family members' shoulders. He loved eating rice cereal right out of the bowl. He had to be put in the cage during dinner so he wouldn't pick plates.
The bird loved to get on the floor and chase cat balls. He learned to mimic some whistle patterns but never managed words. He liked to be held when he was cold. Overall, he was a tiny part of the family, not just a bird sitting in a cage.
Unfortunately, budgies are a ton of work. He threw bird seeds all over the ground when he ate. His cage constantly had a strange smell to it. I had to thoroughly clean the cage in the tub once a week, and then I had to scrub the tub to remove seed shells. There was more than a little complaining from my 12-year old self.
Birds out of a cage also poop everywhere. My budgie didn't understand a litter box concept. I was constantly finding poop in my hair, on my clothes, and on the carpet.
His vocal patterns were very annoying at times, especially with a headache. That was usually solved by letting him out of the cage.
Overall, I might get a bird again. I would not get one for my child expecting it to be less work than a dog or cat.