Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Maryland, United States
Posted Sep 21, 2012
We had three little Budgies (Budgerigars, or Australian Parakeets) when the kids were younger. Their names were Larry, Moe, and Curley, a.k.a., the Three Stooges. Our Budgies were great little pets and fun to listen to and watch. They liked to play together in their cage and they made the cutest and sometimes funny chirping and squealing sounds. The three of them would just chatter away; it’s as if they were having a three-way conversation, which they probably were!
It is a good idea, particularly if you have three birds, to have a large cage with toys, mirrors, swings, etc., to keep them entertained. They are pretty sociable little birds and are always moving around or playing.
The breeder advised us to feed the Budgies special Parakeet food, as well as some small bits of fruit and greens each day for maximum health. We did that, and two of them seemed to thrive. Unfortunately, the third little guy didn’t fare so well and we lost him after a year. There didn’t appear to be any signs that Moe was sick, we just came downstairs one morning and found him in the bottom of the cage.
The downside with parakeets, and with most birds, is cleaning the cage. Having more than one bird means that you have to clean out the cage every day (at least I did). This is not a fun job!
I did enjoy the Budgies for the five years that we had them. I preferred them to the canaries that we had prior to that. It seemed that the canaries were quieter and not as social.
In summary, other than the fact that we lost Moe, our family enjoyed having Budgies as pets!