Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Apr 26, 2015
Of all the pets I've had, Andy had the most character. I've been told male budgies are more outgoing, and that may be the case, but regardless: Andy had to be the life of the party a hundred percent of the time. He hated being caged, preferring to flit from shoulder to shoulder (or head to head), sampling my food, nibbling the pages of my books, and trying energetically to woo his own reflection. As soon as the door opened Andy would be there to chirp hello and befriend whoever it was, and that made him endlessly entertaining as a companion. It also means that for some people, he would have been a terrible pet. Andy thrived on attention and would yell incessantly if he wasn't at the centre of it. While his care was materially easy -- standard store-bought seeds, a dish of water, and changing the newspapers in the cage he rarely used -- this made him high-maintenance in a certain sense. I would therefore recommend budgies like Andy to anyone wanting a cheerful, charming pet, but only if they were willing to put as much love into the relationship as they received.