Acquired: Pet store
Posted Aug 02, 2015
I had my beautiful Budgerigar for six years. He was bright green with yellow and blue accent feathers. Overall, I really loved him and having him was great introduction to life with a bird. However, in comparison to other birds, he was quite standoffish and a bit mean. He bit many of my friends and family. He was also extremely loud and made high pitched screeching noises almost all day long. I would take him out of his cage in hopes that I’d be able to hold him, but he would usually fly away and explore the house alone. Many times, he would hide under the couch, bed or refrigerator and it would take a ton of effort to get him out safely.
Overall, Budgerigars are really easy to take care of. Suitable food and toys were always cheap and can be found at any pet store. My daily routine consisted of putting fresh food into his cage, changing his water and replacing the newspaper at the bottom of his cage with a new piece. I always made an effort to bring him out of his cage at least a couple times each day and made sure his cage was in a sunny, bright room.
After six years, my Budgerigar ended up getting a tumor on his stomach. It happened almost overnight and was really horrible to see him in so much pain. I took him to my local veterinarian but, as he was such a small bird, there wasn’t a surgical option available that would guarantee his recovery. I ended up having to 'put him down' that day.