Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Sep 09, 2014
All of my 5 budgerigars were rescues, and even though I have never pictured myself raising budgies (any birds actually), I can honestly say I fell in love with their good looks and cheerful chirping.
Budgies make great pets particularly for sedentary and/ or lonely people: you don’t need to walk them every day as you would a dog, and they have such positive happy personalities that they are sure to brighten your day. Budgies are however pretty loud, even more so in the morning, so before getting one make sure your neighbors or other people living with you are fine with your choice. Budgerigars start singing at the break of day, and I can always hear them from the next room; I’m fine with waking up every morning to their singing, but it may bother some people. They also tend to get louder when hearing the TV or people talking in the room – so loud that you may be unable to hear each other speak, therefore not keeping them in the TV room or in the room where you spend most of your day might be a good idea.
Budgerigars are very active, which means they are also very messy little creatures, so another thing to consider is whether you are comfortable with cleaning the bird cage daily and changing seed while the budgies are inside the cage; they don’t normally bite, but it might make some people feel uneasy.
As with all “exotics”, make sure there is at least one vet in your area that can treat birds, budgies in particular.