Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jun 07, 2015
I know some people love their budgie's like one of the family. My brother is that way with his, but I always related my budgie to being the goldfish of the bird world. I purchased my budgie from a pet store, never knew its age, but I knew it was too old to become very attached to me. From birth, budgies can become as attached to their owners as larger birds, but not mine.
He was a lovely bird with bright colors. He loved to sing to the wild birds outside. He didn't require as much cage space as the bigger parrots I've owned, but we gave him a decent sized cage to make sure he had room to expend his little body's large amounts of energy. These birds need to be able to exercise or else they can become agitated. This might mean very loud screeching.
Clean up is pretty easy. Soap and water takes care of the cage, and it is easy to replace the paper or bedding at the bottom of the cage. They don't smell as long as the cage is kept clean regularly.
I wouldn't recommend a budgie for a child based on my experience. A larger, hardier, and more interactive bird or pet might be the way to go.