Acquired: Pet store
Posted Sep 20, 2014
I didn’t have my two budgies for long (just a few months), but for the short while I did, I found them to be a great addition to the home and family. You’ll probably hear this from other budgie owners, but these little birds really do create a “cheerful,” warm atmosphere in the house. I mean, how couldn’t they? They’re always chirping or playing with their toys, bouncing from one perch to another. Virtually, everything they do is cute. And, because of this, it was very easy for me to develop affection for them and become pretty attached.
They’re messy, yes. You’ll often find seed shells and little feathers in and out of the cage. In fact, it got so bad, that I eventually just started using a handheld vacuum cleaner, daily, to suck up the mess on our tiled floors. In addition to that little chore, cleaning up their waste inside the cage was quite the time-consuming task. Although I’d line the bottom with newspaper, so I could just switch it out for a fresh piece, you’d often find their perches and toys covered in feces, too, which would need additional attention. (By the way, I don’t know if newspaper is a recommend material to use; it’s been a while since I’ve owned budgies.)
Aside from that, I suppose another minor annoyance is that they’re so chatty. Depending who you are, constant chirping throughout the day, at one pitch or another, will either be incredibly enjoyable or a little irritating. In my case, it was a mixture of both. It’s tolerable. And, honestly, you get used to it. So, it wasn’t a big deal.
Other than that, my experience as a budgie owner was positive. They’re enjoyable to watch (I didn’t have the opportunity to handle them much or train them; I didn’t have the know-how). They’re a great species for first-time bird owners, and I wouldn’t mind getting another one at some point in the future.