Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Mar 19, 2015
Snowy was the fourth budgie I've owned, and one thing I've learned from my experiences in caring for birds is that no two are alike. People may initially think that pet birds are more or less the same, personality-wise, but this is far from the truth. I've owned budgies that were not easily trainable or even somewhat bitey, but Snowy was the perfect pet.
Snowy was very young when we first acquired him, and thus very open for training. I've discovered that the earlier the owner starts training and getting the budgie used to human contact, the easier it is in the long run. I attribute my previous birds' bitey-ness to the fact that they were already adults when I first owned them, and had not been previously trained. Since he was still a juvenile bird, Snowy learned to ride on my shoulder quite early, and free flight training was not difficult either.
He was very affectionate towards me, but was not as close to family members. Although he 'tolerated' them to a certain extent, he showed a definite preference for his primary owner.
One of the definite advantages of this breed is that their cleanliness and habitat is very easy to maintain. Snowy loved to bathe and groom himself, and only once caught mites (which were them easy to eliminate with the help of a bird-friendly mite spray). His cage was also easy to clean, as he didn't make much mess at all. Another good thing about this breed, if I may say so, is that their poops are very small and 'compact!' So while they do have accidents around the house, cleaning up afterwards is very easy.
*very trainable, if from a young age
*affectionate and loyal
*will be bitey if not properly trained
*may not be as friendly to people other than owner