Acquired: Pet store
Lebanon, Missouri, United States
Posted Jul 20, 2015
Over the years we have owned many 'budgies'. Unfortunately, budgies do not have a long life-span, so a person who loves to have one as a pet must come to terms with the fact that they are a short-lived species that will offer you short-lived companionship.
Many things can happen to a budgie during it's lifetime causing it to suddenly die. One morning, you may hear them sneezing, and a cold that is not looked after carefully will turn into something more serious that cannot be treated in time. A budgie may suddenly fly out a door or window and never come back. These hazards attribute to their short-term stay with their owner as well as not living more than about 5 years on average.
Budgies, or parakeets, come in a wide array of colors, and when choosing one for a pet, it is really fun to look at all of the choices in color. They can range from pure white, to solid yellow, but most are a combination of several colors including aqua blue, green, yellow, some black, often golden, you never know what you will see when you go to choose one for a pet. Part of the fun of owning one is selecting the one that strikes your eye at purchase.
Budgies make terrific pets, even if there are small children in the home. They are constant audible companions who enjoy chirping, squeaking, and singing during the day, especially when someone comes near their cage or feeds them. They are very easy to train if you bond with them while they are young and handle them often. If handled daily, they will not bite.
Budgies pick up sounds from their environment and can mimic the sounds eerily. We had one that used to ring like a telephone, and another one that made the sound of the train since we lived close to the tracks. They can be taught to speak words or simple phrases, but will usually not say them on command, but rather, whenever they feel like it, often at awkward times.
If a Budgie is ignored besides feeding and cleaning the cage, it will not be as friendly as it would otherwise be if it were handled, and an ignored budgie will often bite a finger poked into the cage, as well as make cleaning and feeding time more difficult than it should be. Since Budgies thrive on the interaction from their owners, someone who wants to keep one should invest a little bit of time every day to play with it.
Simple care involves cleaning their cage once or twice a week, feeding seed specially designed for this type of bird, and offering little toys and treats to keep it content.
We have enjoyed having Budgies around out home over the years. It is wonderful to hear their sounds during the day and know that they are eager and waiting to engage in playful activity with you.
Budgies do require a bit of attention to keep them from becoming sick. They should be given vitamin drops, millet sprigs which are high in nutrients, and fruit or vegetable bits now and then.
I can recommend the Budgie for a great little addition to the family.