Posted May 12, 2015
Budgies are pretty social, so you should buy them in pairs. Having the company of another bird will make them happier. You need to buy them a big enough cage, where you can put various toys and perches for them to play with. They also need at least one hour of free flight per day, although I would recommend more. They can be trained to speak or sing tunes (though this will cause you to be roughly woken up at god forsaken hours in the morning by a singing, happy bird.) They like chewing on things (my old bird did this to my grandfather's ear), so the toys bought shouldn't break too easily. In this sense, they require a lot of attention, at least for them to be completely happy. They will also throw their food around. Likely, the walls near their cage will be almost constantly stained.
On the other hand, they are great companions. They are social and will interact with both you, and your friends and family. And you can always train them to be on your shoulder, so you can pretend to be a pirate!