Acquired: Pet store
Posted May 06, 2015
We just got our little budgie, Buddy, in March of this year 2015. He was about 4 months old and now he's about 6 months old. He's so cute! He's blue/white and his wings stay trimmed so he can't fly out the door.
When we first brought him home, he was very quiet and never made a peep. After a week he began showing signs of being sick. He would sit i his food dish, his posture was slumped and his feathers were fluffed up all the time. We got him some antibiotics from our avian vet and kept his cage warm and draft free. I put light under the cage (elevated the cage by putting it on top of a ten gal glass tank so I had space for the light) to warm the floor. I kept the cage covered with a lightweight, small blanket with one side open for ventilation. I put some carefresh bedding in the bottom so he'd have a soft place to lay down. He stayed hidden under the hanging food dish for a few days but, he was still eating and drinking. After about a week he stopped hiding and his posture was more alert and happy. His appetite increased too. He's doing great now.
Once he was feeling better, I began taking him out of the cage and holding him for just 1-2 minutes at a time. I did this once on the first day, twice on the second day, three times on the third day, etc until, I was up to 5 two minute "play" sessions a day. I sit on the floor so, if he flies off my hand it's a short distance to the floor. By the third day, he was 'stepping up' on command.
You can teach any bird to 'step up' by gently nudging their belly and as soon as they step up onto your other finger, say "step up". They will learn that when you say 'step up', the behavior you want is for them get onto the finger or stick touching their belly. Birds are very smart and if you treat them lovingly and gently they can be amazing pets.
From my experience with our little budgie, I would not recommend this size of bird for young children because, these birds are very small and can be hurt badly, very easily by rough handling or hard poking. For children about 6 years old and older these birds will make great first pets or new pets. Children should always be taught to be very gentle with animals. To prevent the bird from flying out a door or window, you can take it to most pet stores or vets and have the flight feathers trimmed so the bird cannot fly as well. The feathers will grow back so keep an eye on them. It does not hurt the bird at all because feathers at the ends are like our hair and don't have nerves.
Best Birdy wishes from Buddy and I!