South Carolina, United States
Posted Sep 24, 2012
I acquired Dixie and Beau from a local breeder when they were 2 months old. I originally only intended to get 1 bird, but after watching them interact with one another, I knew I couldn't separate them.
The very first thing I did was take them to our local avian vet to have them checked out. They both got a clean bill of health, and I got some very sound advice from the vet. Because these two were so firmly bonded to one another, and I did not plan on building an indoor aviary for them, the vet strongly suggested that I consider having their wings clipped for their own safety. I know some people might think this is a cruel thing to do to a bird, but I feel ignoring the dangers to their safety would be even crueler.
The vet showed me, in patient detail, what the process involved, and assured me that it was not painful for the birds. He also told me that it was not a one-time procedure. That as the clipped portions of the wing (we only clipped one wing on each bird) grew back, the procedure would need to be repeated in order for it to remain an effective deterrent to escape through open doors, or unexpected encounters with the ceiling fan when we allowed them out of their cage (which as twice a day.)
It only took about 2 hours for them to adjust to their reduced flying ability, and from that point forward, they were as happy as could be.
Budgies are affection and very intelligent. They are entertaining, too. Having Dixie and Beau as pets was one of the best pet decisions I could have made, and I considered it a privilege to be able to share my home, and my life, with them.
When we were sent overseas with the US Military, I could not bear the thought of having to have them in quarantine for 6 months, so I found them a good home, where they live happily-ever-after to this day.
I would recommend this breed to either adults only, OR to families with children over the age of 8 years old, and then, only with adult supervision. It is very easy to injure a small bird if they are not handled properly. They can, and do, bite occasionally, especially if they are frightened. Adult supervision of young children while handling birds is critical.
Special note about diet: Dixie and Beau loved to eat millet seed sprays, tiny pieces of fruit, and a tropical mixture of small seeds. There are certain things you should never feed a bird. Check with your local vet for a comprehensive list of avian dangers, and bird-proof your home BEFORE you bring one of these wonderful creatures home. Their safety, and maybe even their life, just might depend on it.