Acquired: Pet store
Posted Aug 15, 2015
Budgies, or Parakeets as most know them, are perfect for young or first-time pet owners. They don't need much space, and are consequently great for bedrooms or studio apartments. With care and attention, budgies can be extremely friendly, as they are sociable birds, and can be trained to perch on your finger.
I personally can't imagine my childhood without a budgie, and will even admit to doing awful kid things, like trying to dress my bird in tiny doll hats and barbie clothes. Granted, I wasn't very successful, but my bird was still unbelievably patient. I was a terrible little kid; it was a great bird. Most budgies are good tempered, though, and even if not, they can be trained.
As with any animal, it will bite if it feels threatened, but rarely do they bite hard enough to puncture skin. With enough care, they will eventually become tame and even look forward to play time. If you get them young enough, you can even train them to talk. I had a very young budgie that I hand fed, and he was the most loving bird. I couldn't keep him off my shoulder when he was out of the cage and even got him to try and vocalize words, although it sounded more throaty and synthesized than anything else. They do love to sing, and have a sweet song voice.
Budgies can be a bit messy when they eat. Seed, as well as discarded seed hulls, may end up outside the cage, so be mindful when placing on or near furniture or carpeted areas. Dander can also be a bit of a problem, especially for anyone who has respiratory issues. Besides the slight mess, budgies are great little companion birds for almost anyone.