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Member Name: bornintoit
Date: 28/11/02, updated on 07/02/03 (894 review reads)
Advantages: Full of personality, Beautiful to look at, Affectionate
Disadvantages: Heartbreakers, N/A, N/A
Many people have left opinions on how to care, tame and generally look after budgies. I am going to tell you my experiences with budgies and how much fun they can be.
I currently have two budgies. A green and yellow budgie that someone found on the road on a cold, rainy winter night but couldn't keep it. What was I to do? I adopted him as soon as I brought him home his personality shone through. He was abit of a crazy, head banging bird. His mirror got allot of stick in those first few months.
So I called him Ozzy, there really wasn't another name to describe him. He was lively, chirped and jumped around his cage mostly in the morning when everyone else was just too sleepy. Which made me love him even more. Always brought a smile to my face.
When budgies are chirping they tend to bounce there head up and down which is extremely cute!! After the first month I was afraid of him getting lonely, as I had heard it was cruel to keep birds alone. So I spent the next few weeks phoning every pet shop to get him a friend. They were all sold out apart from one place. I rushed over there and brought a blue baby budgie for £6, budgies are cheap but wonderful pets. I had already decided to call him Pippin.
I put him in the cage, my mum said not to worry to begin with because of the pecking order. It's normal just don’t get worried. I got worried. Ozzy was a street bird and he was pecking Pippin and Pippin looked frightened but mum again reassured me that this was normal behaviour because Pippin had invaded Ozzy's personal space. It was a few pain staking days of this before things started to calm down. Now they cannot be parted. Ozzy can still be quite demanding and bossy but that is because of his past. Ozzy is not a tame bird due to me getting him in the circumstances that I did and his age (not being a baby). Although Ozzy has sat and preened (groomed) himself on my arm before this was greatly reduced when Pippin wa
s added to the cage.
Beware; the budgie either has you or a friend of his own. Not both. I found that after he got attached to Pippin Ozzy would not come out of the cage because he didn't want to leave Pippin behind and when out went crazy because Pippin was in the cage on his own. But I am sure I made the right choice for Ozzy as Pippin can give him more than I ever possibly could.
Although I do not get them out of their cage (because it stresses them out) they are happy enough because they have each other. The cage gives them enough exercise although I do try to take them out from time to time. They take up each other’s time. They bicker sometimes especially at bath time, which is the highlight of my week. Pippin gets right in there dipping his bum in giving it a good clean. Ozzy is a poser bird, he dips his toe in then uses his wings to splash his head and back. He has been known to get right in the bath if you turn your head away lol. Maybe he is a shy bird?
They are fun to watch and have a very calming influence over me. Watching them swing on their swing and jump from perch from perch. They also have very beautiful singing voices that they use to full effect. I can hear them now downstairs chirping away. Pippin also groom's Ozzy which is such an amazing thing to watch, they such affection to each other and it is obvious that they care about each other allot.
Ozzy is older and larger than Pippin but Pippin defends himself well when it comes down to petty arguments. Noone gets hurt; sometimes I think they are more like humans than people give them credit for! :)
The only problem's I have experienced with budgies was when they come down with a disease this can be a very painful and heartbreaking experience as the vet's normally suggest you kill them to stop their suffering. This is hard to do and only time heals the pain this causes you and the bird left on it's own.
Also be car
eful what swing you buy for your budgies as yesterday Ozzy managed to get his leg ring stuck on the swing and this greatly stressed him and me out and he was in shock and pain until later that night after I had a hard time freeing him as he thought I was hurting him so he wouldn't stop flapping his wings and pecking me. I told him he shouldn't have been 'pole dancing' lol. That is what it looks like when he swings round the bars of the swing. Make sure there are no sharp points or anything that could possibly hook something like a leg ring on the swing, as this will cause great distress to your budgies.
Over all budgies are sweet, affectionate, caring and beautiful birds. Who have sharp wits and a lively nature. I just LOVE my Bubbly Budgies!!!