Acquired: Pet store
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Posted Nov 02, 2009
We got a budgie because they're beautiful, easy to care for, and have a pleasant song. We also purchased a few books on how to care for, train, and handle our new budgie. (I think this is a good thing to do any time you get a pet you don't have much experience with.) Despite giving him a few weeks to de-stress, always speaking quietly and gently to him and around him, careful handling and patience etc. - and I mean by the book- for almost two years, he never liked anyone in my house. He bit anyone that dared put their hand in the cage, he'd freak out and try to escape if you tried to hold him. He never took treats or any food from your hand. He'd sing like crazy to his little mirror or while playing with his gozillion toys, but stop and move to the back of the cage the minute you walked into the room.
In addition to this, he wouldn't (or couldn't?) use the cuttle bone, and we had to take him to the vet every few months to have his beak filed from overgrowth. Needless to say, this became pretty expensive.
I don't know if our bird was traumatized in some way (at the breeder? pet store?) or if he had something else wrong with it. He died suddenly with no sign of illness, after having it just short of two years. But I can say that we got him in the first place because we knew several people that had friendly, well-adjusted budgies. So I know they*can be a very nice pet, it's just that our personal experience was pretty unpleasant.