Acquired: Pet store
Posted Oct 23, 2016
I found out Newton was a female a few months after she had been purchased. A friend gifted her to me for my birthday. She was hand fed and so she was used to being handled by humans but she still needed some training to get used to me. After she was used to me, we became fast friends. She would often sit on my shoulder or hop around my desk while I did homework. She did not like everyone though and would bite those who dared to touch her without permission. She loved to be scratched on her head but disliked belly rubs. Newton definitely needed a lot of attention, as Budgies are very social animals. Interacting with her every day was important. Feeding her a varied diet was tricky. She would pick out bits of food from seed mixes that she disliked and throw them on the floor of her cage. I experimented with fruits and veggies and found that what she liked one week would change the next. She was a curious bird and loved to make noise. Definitely not a bird for someone who enjoys peace and quiet! Covering her cage at night was essential to signal it was time for bed. Cleaning was easy enough, but if seed was not changed often enough, sometimes husks would blow around and make a bigger mess. Newton passed away as a result of a malignant tumour. She had been a very good friend to me and so her passing was very sad but she lived a very full life as a little budgie.
Budgies love these things! They eat em' up!