Acquired: Pet store
Posted Sep 22, 2014
Baby was my first pet that wasn't a family pet. While he loved my dad in particular (they sang to eachother every morning), he was my responsibility.
I wouldn't recommend a budgie for young children, or even older children without supervision. While Baby was himself a generally good bird, he had a nasty bite when he was overstimulated and was definitely a flight risk if i let his wings grow out longer than I should have.
The feeding and general care of a budgie is pretty basic. They do require that their cage be cleaned out on a regular basis, and also tend to throw/kick seed and debris out of the cage so there is some outside cleanup required. I do wish I had followed a more varied diet for my bird, as he developed fatty liver disease later in life and I didn't know his diet was related.
I did find that I needed to take him to an avian vet or a pet store that specialized in the care of parrots (I was lucky to find a bird store that has sadly gone out of business since) to have his nails and wing feathers clipped. Both can be done at home for free, but they are delicate little things and it's easy to cause them harm if you don't know what you're doing.
For parents, I would be aware that there is some upkeep, and they do require a fair amount of attention. If the family/owner is too busy to pay a lot of attention, it may be a good idea to get a companion.
Overall I loved having my little buddy, and he lived a fair long life (especially for a first pet!).