Posted Oct 03, 2014
Prior to this bird, I had very little to no experience with birds. In fact, we found this bird along a walking trail near our home in Virginia. It was tame, and it made no attempt to fly away as we came near to it. As we got closer, we were able to pick it up and take it away. No houses were nearby, so we could not tell where it came from, and we did not want the bird to die. So we adopted it.
The Budgerigar had the blue/white coloring with black lines and dotting in the neck area. It was very vocal, particularly during the day. At night, we placed a sheet over the cage in order for it to go to sleep. In this manner it was a very easy bird to care for.
Care of the of the Budgerigar begins with the cage. Make sure that you line the cage with paper towel or newspaper. You need something that will catch the urine and feces of the animal and can be pulled through the slot on the bottom of most cages. We worked with newspapers as it had enough strength to be properly pulled through without tearing or creating a mess. Make sure that you have perches, toys as these help stimulate your bird and encourage play. We read that it is good to put a mirror in the cage. For the most part, the mirror would entertain the Budgerigar, but on multiple occasions, it would hit its head against the mirror thinking it to be another bird.
Make sure that you are changing the feed and water daily. At your local pet store, you can find seed mixtures specific to your parakeet that they will enjoy. You can also find seed bells and suet, but these are recommended in small doses as it can make your bird fat. They do love them though. Fruit fruit and vegetables are also recommended for Budgerigars, but you can experiment to find what your bird likes the most.
One of the biggest things is interacting with your bird. You can whistle to the bird, and eventually train the bird to whistle back and mimic. This is really cool, and it can create a bond between you and the bird. Try different pitch and tone to see if the bird can follow you, and you can follow the bird. Physical activity is also encouraged. I did not try this, but supposedly the bird can be taken out of the cage for free play. If you feel comfortable, you should try this, but it is supposed to help the physical conditioning of the bird.
Overall, this was a cool bird, but it was not the right pet for our living situation at the time. Luckily we found someone who gave the bird a fantastic home, but it was not the pet for us.