Acquired: Pet store
Posted Mar 26, 2016
My father rescued our first budgie several years ago, and to keep that bird company, we purchased Ducky from a pet store. Both birds were friendly with one another and often huddled together to rest. Due to the nature of the rescued bird, both were skittish around people and incredibly hard to train; however they were easy to take care of and didn't have any health complications. Unfortunately, the budgie we rescued has recently passed away of old age, leaving us with Ducky.
Also known as parakeets, these birds are cute and have wonderful songs. Owning more than one at a time helps them feel comfortable and gives them companionship. Both budgies loved to chirp at all hours of the day, which made it difficult to get to sleep some nights. As I have mentioned, both parakeets were skittish around my family and I, and they were difficult to train because of this. They did not take a liking to any of us and flew to the opposite side of the cage when any one of us passed the cage.
They were both easy to feed, and we only ever bought them generic bird seed from the pet store. We hung toys in their cage for them to play with, but they never took a liking to them either, and instead preferred to perch on the wooden dowels in the cage. Due to the birds' nature, they were not a very interactive pet. They had a large cage to fly around in, and would not leave the cage to fly around in the house at all.
Overall though, I can say that owning birds was a nice experience. They were always easy to clean up after, and did not have picky appetites, so they were not a burden to own. I would recommend them to anyone who loves birds, as I can imagine that parakeets with a different temperament would be a more satisfying pet to look after.