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Dennis

Budgerigar

Overall satisfaction

4.5/5

Acquired: Pet store

Gender: Male

Appearance

4/5

Friendly with owner

4/5

Friendly with family

3/5

Trainability

2/5

ActivityLevel

2/5

Song-vocal quality

2/5

Mimics sounds-words

0/5

Health

3/5

Easy to feed

3/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

3/5

Affectionate but a little nippy

By

United States

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Along with my sisters we had 6 budgerigars growing up, including my own bird, Dennis, who lived alone for almost a year before the others were slowly introduced.

One warning - budgies can get a little nippy, normally it is affectionate, but they can also do this because they haven't got anything to bite on in their cage. I used to use cuttlefish which Dennis, along with the other budgies, really enjoyed. (It's cheap and lasts a long time.)

All the birds would regularly fly up onto the curtains or the like, making it hard to get them back into their cages, but with a little patience they would always come back down - they never tried to "flee" from us, they just wanted to stretch their little wings.

They were all surprisingly affectionate, especially Dennis as he was used to being regularly held, and he would love sitting on my shoulder for hours while I worked at the computer, sometimes nestling in under the back of my hair. (It was long then, almost all the way down my back.)

My one suggestion to anyone thinking about a budgie, beyind the cuttlefish, is to get one of the cages with the slide out bottom - it makes it much easier to clean. It is best to line the cage with newspaper and on top of that, some gritty paper. I forget the name but all pet stores carry it and it helps to wear down their claws in a natural way when they walk on it, so it's good for them.

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