Posted Dec 13, 2015
I adopted two budgies from a family member in 2008, and Oliver and Mikhail were the cutest little pair. I wanted to love them. I really did. But when you pair a shrill antique-style alarm clock with an angry wasp and a tornado, what you get is not pleasant. It's Oliver and Mikhail, bird horror story extraordinaire. They started chirp-chirp-chirping shrilly at around 3 AM every single morning and would not quiet down until I left for the day. Every time I changed their food, cleaned their cage, or washed their toys, they shrunk back as far as they could and if they deemed it Not Far Enough, I got bit and clawed and squawked at over and over. They somehow managed to keep the room absolutely covered in bird seed, no matter how many times a day I vacuumed and dusted. They constantly crapped in their water bowl and refused to even exit the cage if I was in the room. I admit that their cage was too small (in the photo I had taken out their toys to wash), but even if I tried to let them out, even if I wired the door open and left the room, they wouldn't budge. (Pun intended. Haha) I don't know what their past owner did to them, or what I did to offend them, but budgies are complex, hard to care for animals. Did I mention that their shrill 3 AM chirping was literally louder than my alarms? These things never sleep!