Posted Oct 07, 2014
I've had Fred when I was around 9 years old. He stayed with me for 3-4 years, until he died of an unfortunate and tragic accident.
Fred was about a month old when I got him. He was trained every day to grow attached to his owners, which happened very easily.
Whenever I was home, I would take Fred out of his birdcage and bring him with me. He loved to stay in my shoulder where he would play with my hair and my ears. When I was on the computer Fred would probably be on the computer monitor, constantly walking over it while singing and 'biting' the corners. He would come to our finger, if we lift it up and called him.
He learned how to whistle and mimic some sounds. But he was never able to learn how to mimic words.
Even though I had lots of budgies in my life, none came as far as Fred did in terms of attachment and friendship towards their owners. And it was not from lack of trying either. Fred was a one of a kind budgie!
But overall, the budgie is a very easy to train bird, with little demands regarding food or shelter. If you can cope with the noise (they can be very noisy!), you will most certainly love this bird.
The only thing that's not so good about it - or any other bird, I guess - is that they poop all over the place. Whenever I had my budgies out, flying around the house, I would find their poop all over the place.
Just a small price to pay for having such a lovely bird!