Acquired: Pet store
Posted May 24, 2016
Before buying a budgie think about the following questions :
One or two budgies?
When I was young and living at home with my parents, my older sister became allergic to pets. the only pet that we were allows was a Budgerigar, or Budgie for short. These are a small member of the parrot family. Perhaps because of allergies, Budgies are is the third most popular pet in the world, after the domesticated dog and cat
Budgies have been bred in captivity for pets since the 1850s. Originally the Budgie comes from Australia, the birds eat seeds and can withstand the very dry summers there. Australia is a very large island in the South Pacific Ocean and it is about 21% smaller than all the United states put together.
The island is shaped like a bowl and the water flows into the center of the island. Because it only rains during the rainy season which are December to March, the birds have adapted to the dry conditions. During the rainy season, the weather is hot and humid with daily rainstorms.
In natural conditions budgies live in groups (called flights) and it may be boring for one budgie to live in a cage all by themselves. Of course we didn't know that back when we had a budgie and only had one bird. I found that I could make friends with the budgie, by talking to him and letting him out to fly around our kitchen.
Had we known better, we would have got 2 budgies. I know that he was a male budgie because of the light blue strip just above his beak.
If we had of known better, we would have gotten a male and a female budgie and kept them in separate cages until they were domesticated and would perch on your arm. Then when you put them together, they will form a couple but still be pets that will perch on your arm and eat from your hand.
Home budgies have to “exercise” their wings. Budgies will stay healthy if they get to fly around a room at least for an hour or so. The presence of a cat will soon mean the end of your budgie, but an obedient dog very soon realizes that the bird is a member of the family and that it should not be disturbed.
Back in the day, we put some hardwood twigs of different sizes in the budgie's cage so he could have different sized branches to perch on. We covered the floor with newspaper, but didn't put down colored pages as the ink is not good for budgies. We just used pain old black printed pages.
We used clear plastic feeders, so the budgie could see and find his food and put a 'cuttlebone' inside the cage to provide calcium for the budgie.
Budgies can last up to 10 years in captivity and if you get two you can breed them and have a lifetime supply of these friendly and colorful birds.