Acquired: Pet store
South Australia, Australia
Posted Feb 13, 2017
I bought Fudgy from a pet shop who said he was hand raised. He was a happy and cheerful little bird, who would sit on my head while I studied, or flew from one side of the room to another. He could say 'Hello Fudgy' and 'What are you doing?', and like lots of other birds, he imitated the phone.
Becuase I travelled between the city and my home town quite a bit, I would leave Fudgy alone for the weekend with the radio on once or twice a month. This never bothered him too much, though he was always happy to see me.
If I was going away for more than a day or two, my friends would look after Fudgy for me. Fudgy cured my friend's sister of hating birds!
Fudgy didn't like his mirror, or his plastic budgie friend (he kept trying to kick it), but he loved new sticks and toys to play with.
The only downside to having Fudgy was the mess which eventually attracted mice. I made an elasticised cage cover for the bottom which was up quite high, but seed still made a mess, just less than usual. At this stage I lived in a studio flat (two rooms and a bathroom), and I found that this was a good size for Fudgy to fly around in. I would close off the other rooms so he could only stay in the living area.
I would very happily have another budgie, but I have cats and a dog so I think I'll wait until we have somewhere safe for a bird to live.