Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred bird myself
Posted Mar 27, 2015
I loved my budgies, and only had to find a new home for them when I realized they were causing my allergy outbreaks, which got worse once the babies were born.
These birds are highly trainable, but they require a lot of attention in order to train them. While I had the babies separated from their parents things went really well, but once they were old enough to be reunited they became more skittish and wild.
Also, if you plan to breed these birds beware that after the babies are born the parents might behave strangely. I had to remove the daddy bird from the cage after he became violent with mommy when she tried to feed the babies. Eventually they were able to be reunited again but it took several months.
Overall I would definitely recommend these fun-loving birds, but if you don't plan to spend a lot of time with them (every day too, or they forget their training and can easily become wild) then just plan on having them as wild birds in a cage. Personally I enjoyed teaching them to fly from a toy platform I'd created on one end of the living room back to their cage. Just be sure to cover mirrors and close doors so they don't hurt themselves (especially patio doors!).