Acquired: Pet store
Posted Nov 12, 2015
Cap was the first pet that I'd ever had that was mine and mine alone. He was a light blue budgie that I'd only had for 9 months before he died. Unfortunately my much younger sister poked and prodded at him endlessly while I was away from the house, and he ended up dying due to stress. Its hard to have a budgie, or any bird in general, because any bird's immediate response to the giant monkey trying to put their hands in the cage should be "RUN!" This was no different for Cap. Unfortunately, I was young when i got him and I totally underestimated the time and dedication it would take to teach something so frightened that I wasn't ever going to hurt it. In the time that I spent with Cap, he was always afraid. I would let him fly around, but he would leave his cage, sit on a karate trophy high up in my room and then never leave. And he was always afraid of my finger. I used to try to teach him to hop onto it, as a way to initiate a bond, but not once in 9 months did he ever take the opportunity. Cap died from stress without ever really becoming my pet. It was an unbelievably sad and frustrating moment, when I realized that if I'd only tried harder he wouldn't have been so stressed out. I do, however, have a few friends who managed to form that bond with their birds; Its incredible. That level of trust with something so intelligent and beautiful is not to be missed. I only wish I'd have been wise enough to appreciate the opportunity. If you're looking into getting a budgie of your own, I would heavily endorse it. However, I would also encourage you to either get advice from someone that's already owned a bird, take courses if at all possible or buy a book to prepare yourself for the commitment.