Acquired: Pet store
Posted Apr 13, 2016
My mother bought home a Green Quaker Parrot one day, named Murphette. Murphette is a lovely bird but in the beginning she was quite a handful. When Murphette was too much to handle we would put her outside in a small green cage/mini aviary to let her settle down. However when Murphette was outside she would constantly screech and yell. To fix this, we bought her some friends to interact with. We bought her 7 budgies.
The budgies were very easy to take care of. They eat everything. Everything from bird seed to hay to wild grass that happened to grow through the bottom of the cage.The budgies were also very easy to care for. Never did they try to escape or bite and they were fine with being handled. They were however very very active. From the moment the sun rose, the budgies talked and talked and talked. Luckily for them, they have an attractive song, but regardless it could get annoying fast if you were having. A problem with this is that the budgies were also very unresponsive to commands. With Murphette we trained her to quiet down on command, and we can get her to say almost any word in her vocabulary by prompting her. The budgies however, did not understand a single thing. Practically un-trainable, the budgies were very hard to keep quiet if you had a headache. The only way to make them keep quiet was to fully black out their enclosure so they were in complete/almost complete darkness. Which was a hassle and felt mean.
Overall budgies are easy to keep pets that can keep you company and don't require much maintenance but can get messy given time.
Pros: Very easy to look after, very hardy. Decently attractive song.
Cons: Can get annoying fast, untrainable. Not suitable to be "out of the cage" pet's