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The pet for you?

BUDGIES AS PETS

Overview: The budgie is one of the most popular pets in the world. This small but spunky bird loves companionship, and will gladly interact with its human companions. Due to their size and heartiness, budgies do not require the same level of housing, food, care, and commitment as other parrots or pet birds. Additionally, budgies are generally considered one of the top few birds capable of mimicking human speech, and some can develop large vocabularies. Some, but not all budgies can learn to speak. They can also be trained and taught to perform tricks as well as dogs. They also come in a beautiful array of colors and patterns and can add a beautiful song to your morning. Overall, they are pleasant and enjoyable pets with quite a bit of diversity in a small package.

 

Some things must be taken into consideration in obtaining a pet budgie. First, like most birds, budgies are messy. They will scatter seeds, feathers, dander, and sometimes excrement around their enclosure area. Frequent cleaning is a must. Second, budgies can be noisy. Males are more boisterous with their singing than females, but chirping and singing can take place for several hours a day. Some people enjoy this, but others find it annoying. Third, budgies require regular, daily socialization. If you commit to spending a substantial part of your day with your budgie, the budgie will be happy. If not, you should keep at least two budgies so that your budgie is not lonely. Fourth, budgies, unlike some pets require fresh food and water every day. It is a good idea to ask yourself the following questions.

IS THE BUDGIE THE RIGHT PET FOR YOU?

Budgies can be excellent pets for the right person, but for others, budgies will not fit their lifestyle.

 

Are they age appropriate?

Budgies make great pets for adults or children of sufficient age or maturity. Unlike most dogs and cats, budgies require a significant amount of trust-building, taming and training before they are able to significantly interact with their owners. This process can take weeks or months. Even once tamed, budgies also do not respond well to quick movements, pointing with a finger, loud noises, etc. It is also important to remember that even well-trained budgies may bite on occasion. Finally, interacting with a budgie requires that the budgie be kept in its enclosure or taken out only when it is safe to do so. Most children younger than about 12 years old are unable to muster the patience, understanding, self-control, or overall maturity to interact safely with a budgie on these and other topics. Even a child of 12 years of age or older may still lack the maturity to properly care for and interact with a budgie. Occasionally, a child between 5-12 years old is mature enough to handle a budgie, but the assumption should always be that an adult must supervise the care and interactions with the bird. Thus, we recommend that a budgie only be considered the pet of an adult or a responsible, mature child over the age of 12-15 years old. It is also important to note that a well-kept budgie will live 15-20 years, so a parent buying a budgie for his or her son or daughter at the age of 12 will likely have to care for the budgie when their child goes off to college and perhaps for many years afterwards. Thus, parents should always consider the budgie to be their pet, not the pet of a child.

 

Do you have the money? 

Budgies are one of the cheaper pets to own, but the initial investment into a bird, enclosure, equipment, food, a vet visit, and other items can easily be a few hundred to a thousand dollars. Caring for a budgie for the next 15-20 years will easily be hundreds or thousands more depending on the lifestyle you wish to provide.

 

Do you have the time?

Budgies require time for feeding, care, training, free flight, interaction, etc. Some pets do not require as much time. If engaging in these activities sounds fun to you, great. Otherwise, seriously ask yourself whether you have the time to keep budgies.

Are you a clean freak?

If you are passionate about maintaining a spotless home, a corner in your living room with seeds, feathers, and dust strewn about may not be your thing.

Do you like some noise?

Budgies love to chirp, squawk and sing for hours a day. If you think you and others in your household will enjoy this, then budgies might be a great addition. If you find such noise to be annoying or distracting, then think seriously about whether you will tire after years of “noise.” Spend some time around them and consider whether you appreciate their chattiness. 

Odor?

Budgies do not have a particularly strong or obnoxious odor compared to many pets, but they do have a smell about them. Some people find it pleasant, others find it unnoticeable, and still others find it objectionable. Go to a pet shop or breeder’s facility and smell the bird area. If you find it offensive, birds might not be the best pet for you.

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