Acquired: Bred bird myself,
Posted Jun 26, 2015
I grew up with a small flock of breeding Budgerigars in a backyard aviary (these birds get along fine outside in Central Californian winters). There's no counting the number of birds that came through that aviary, but one in particular stands out. Most of our budgies were half wild buggers who would bite like the dickens if you managed to catch one. I made several largely failed attempts at taming adults, but lit on success when I decided to hand raise one of the half-grown fledglings. Switters grew up to be an amazing little companion. He was very bonded to me, and also liked hanging out with the other members of my family. He was an energetic little clown who loved to climb all over his people and try to sneak bites of anything we were eating.
Because they are so small and delicate, hand raised budgies are hard to come by--Switters is the only one I've ever encountered--but they're well worth the work if you manage to bring one up yourself.