Acquired: Pet store
Posted Mar 27, 2015
This budgie came to the family as a birthday gift for my brother, who was at first delighted with it, and then completely bored of it.
As usual, I decided it was up to me to figure out how to train the bird. I noticed when we got him that he was becoming very reclusive, often hiding in a corner. I read that companionship was really what he needed, but since we couldn't afford another, I bought him a full length mirror with beads. The little guy went wild, screeching happily and kissing himself in the mirror.
His diet was easy, though he loved sunflower seeds the best. I bought him all the necessaries - cuttle bone, occasional toys, and mullet on occasion.
But I couldn't get him to sing. I tried petting, talking, singing to him, and finally one day I turned on "1984" by David Bowie, and that's when he began to sing, rock, and dance. From thereon I was able to teach him to sing and dance on command, by singing "1984"!
What I liked: Killer was so easy to care for; water, food, clean paper and occasionally clean his perch. A flight every now and then to stretch the wings, and some treats. Wow, that's hard, right? He slept when the lights were turned out, and lived to the ripe old age of oh, 18 or so.
What I didn't like: He'd get agitated at the sound of loud noises, and often screech back. Occasionally he mucked up his mirror by kissing it so much that it was entirely slimed. Yuk.
Overall: Probably the easiest bird to take care of in all of the animal kingdom. Reasonably loving if handled often, treated with respect, this bird could outlive you. Perfect for a person looking for companionship without worries.