Acquired: Bred bird myself
Posted Apr 03, 2015
Lucky, as you may have guessed, was a very lucky bird. We heard strange noises coming from the walls of the aviary one day, and upon closer inspection, found a tiny baby bird trapped there. We weren't sure how the egg managed to get there, but were glad we we able to get him out in time before he got too big. He was soon named Lucky, and lived on to be a happy and healthy green and yellow Budgie. I handled him a lot from his young age so he got used to human interaction, and was tamer than the other birds, he didn't mind being picked up, and would sit on a finger and receive pats gladly. He loved all sorts of bird seed, and fresh greens from the garden. He never learnt to 'talk', but would chirp away happily when you went in to see him.
Pros of owning a Budgie: If you spend time with them from when they are babies, they will stay quite friendly towards you. They are not fussy eaters, and enjoy things like carrot tops from the vege garden. They come in a lot of beautiful colours and patterns. They are usually quite friendly towards other birds, and are happy living in an aviary or an indoor cage.
Cons of owning a Budgie: If you have to catch them, and they're not used to human contact, remember to wear a glove. Their beaks are incredibly sharp, and you may end up with a free finger piercing. Budgies can be prone to tumors later on in life, I have seen this happen with a couple of them before, there is usually not a lot the vet is able to do once it becomes apparent there is a problem.