Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Aug 18, 2015
Budgies are a great bird for beginners; they're quick to tame, not too noisy (unless the TV is on, in which case they seem to want to join in!) and small enough to not be intimidating. They can still give a painful nip though, so treat them with love and respect!
I've had experience of both keeping a single budgie as well as a (non-breeding) pair. The single bird bonded with me much faster than the pair and was happy to step up towards the end of our first play session (although she had already had some interaction with the previous owner). The pair took much longer, preferring each other's company, although this did mean that I felt happier to leave them alone slightly more.
As for what they eat, they can make do on seeds, but make sure to offer them fresh fruit and vegetables from time to time (mine was quite partial to a bit of grated carrot).
Remember that while Budgies come in a variety of colours (my single one was yellow and my pair were both blue), still need attention, so don't just buy one to put in a corner and look at! They're also not the best talkers, so don't expect too much of that from them.