Posted Jan 07, 2015
Sunny is a yellow parakeet, a type of budgerigar. She was passed around a lot. We got her from my brother's friend. She lived in my brother's room for a little, then mine when he wasn't taking great care of her. She had toys, and I cleaned her cage about once a week, but I didn't have a lot of time for her. Plus, she seemed very angry. She wouldn't let me hold her and got very aggressive when I came near her cage.
When I moved to college, my mom took over Sunny's care. Sunny's cage was moved to a higher trafficked area of the house. That's when she first started singing. She didn't like to be touched still, and often dumped her food and pooped in her water dish. But she seemed happier.
My grandma (referenced in another review about a sun conure) was missing having a bird around and took care of Sunny while my family was on vacation. They enjoyed each other so well that Sunny moved in.
Now my grandma is training her to step up. Sunny gets to practice flying, and is very vocal with pretty song. She likes to fly to my grandma's glasses and perch there. She is becoming more sociable with family members who spend time getting to re-know her.
It really was amazing to see the changes in her as she had more attention. She was definitely a bird with social needs, whose quality of life improved drastically as she was given more interaction. She is pretty to look at and pretty to listen to, but this bird does need time! This is not the bird for you if you aren't home much or don't have time to interact.