Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Congleton, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Posted Oct 13, 2012
My great uncle was the great budgie keeper. He used to rear them and had all kinds of colours from yellow through green to blue.
Billy was his house budgie, which he kept as a pair with Betty in a cage suspended from the ceiling. They were talkative and active birds, constantly chattering and jumping from perch to perch. He'd been training them since hatchlings and had a crude treadmill that they would run on.
The cages were large with feeders, a water bottle, a couple of mirrors an plenty of toys and perches. I remember Billy particularly, as he has spectacular plumage and love to hand upside down from a wire suspended from the roof of the cage.
The birds were excellent to watch and very sociable with one another. But, as kids, we wanted to play with them... which was definitely not on the cards. They are prey animals and very intelligent for their size. As such they can be quite timid and their natural reaction is to fly away.
Great to watch, but they can become anxious if you approach too closely.
That said, as my great uncle had reared from hatchlings they were very calm and relaxed around him and would even eat from his hand.
They are very easy to keep, though you need plenty of activities to keep them busy. As a bird, they're great for adults to watch, but not really a pet for children as you can't readily interact with them.