I'm interested in everyone's stories of how they found the right budgie for them (and vice versa!)
Where did you buy it ? (pet shop, breeder etc?)
What did you have in mind before you chose? (Male, female, certain colour etc)
What did you look for when you met them?
Ultimately how did you end up with the budgie(s) you have and why?
I'm looking into getting my first. I had two previously but it's been 10 years and I didn't actually choose either, one was a gift and the other I rehomed. I have an idea of what I want, basically a young male but want to base the rest of my decisions on how I feel when I meet him.
My grandfather always had budgies, and we had one when I was a kid. I had a pair of tiel years ago as a young adult. When I decided I wanted a pet bird again, I started doing research, decided a budgie was what I wanted, and was very interested in the English version. I found cutelittlebirdies website, and got two hen's from Lindsey. I added two males over the next year, and have a nice little flock of four, and a tiel....
He came down from Heaven unto this earth below
He came down from glory and praises untold
He came down to man fashioned in their way
He came down to rescue, He came down to save
Alistair was a bit of a surprise for me. He came from a little pet store, and... for the last few days or so before I got him, I was eyeing up a slightly different budgie. (He was another greywing, but his colours were a little different)
I spent a good hour just watching the birds, and talking to them, of course. Alistair seemed the most curious towards people, spending a lot of his time moving around and clinging to the bars on the same side people were. While the other one was charming, Alistair stole my heart, and I would have gotten both if I could have afforded it!
I was looking for one that seemed quite playful and energetic, and not utterly terrified when people got close! Colours, I wasn't too fussed with, but I was looking for a male.
There is a pet store opposite my work that has a budgie that has caught my eye. I initially noticed it when I went in to buy dog treats quickly but it caught my attention enough for me to go back the next day and look again. I'm not sure of its sex (I'd prefer a boy) but I keep thinking about his/her funny little face So I'm going back in again Monday to have another look and see what I can find out.
I decided to get a budgie after I realised that my childhood dream of having a "parrot" could actually be realised! I ended up getting her a few years ago, and although I had originally wanted to get a budgie from a responsible breeder, I didn't find any in Colorado within a reasonable driving distance (didn't know about a few of the breeders I know about now back then) so I decided to go ahead and look in the local pet store. I went in beforehand to get a cage, and as I was walking by the budgie bin, this little budgie just scampered up to the edge of the glass and looked at me like "Oh, fancy seeing you here!" I promptly pretended to ignore her and drove home, but the next day I was back. There were so many obviously male birds (I had originally wanted a male) and so many greens and violets (this sounds very strange but I was determined not to get a blue budgie because I felt that they were the most "popular" and the greens and violets didn't get as much love) but after much deliberation, it was clear my heart was set on the tiny blue baby who had looked me in the eye the day before.
Needless to say, I went home with her that day! Now I don't know what I would ever do without my Princess.
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
I'd been to the shops, scouted a cage and seen some budgies in a pet store. Went home and had dinner and my Mum had told my Dad about a budgie she liked there and he sent us back to get it. The budgie she liked was yellow and black (honestly, I didn't pay that much attention). But when we got back it was gone.
We picked Jimmy due to his colours and healthy appetite and appearance (although he did have mites but that was treatable).
With Jay, my Dad picked him from a different pet store. So I believe in both cases they were picked due to their colours and the way they appeared to socialise in the cages.
Sweetie and I met through fate - I was helping his first owner's mum move and she gave him to me because her daughter though he was boring and he was getting no love. He's very attached to me, to say the least.
Lemon. Oh Lemon. Lemon I got for Sweetie to make sure he wasn't lonely when I was at work (I was determined to ensure he would never be lonely again). I went right at opening so I could have the freedom and time to watch all the budgies and get a feel for them. The sales girl put in the food, and out of the pile of baby budgies this one climbed over and on top of everyone else to get to the food first, knocked anyone else away from her dish, and afterwards climbed to the top of the playgym in the middle of the cage. She looked me square in the eye for a moment, yelled PEEP!! and leaped off. I knew then and there she was the one. That sassy attitude was muchly needed as Sweetie tends to be a little overbearing with his love and affection and would probably end up accidentally bullying the new bird.
It's hard to find breeders in my area, so I settled on getting them from pet stores. Gender didn't really matter to me, but I kind of preferred the color blue.
With Icy, I was a kid who had just lost a tooth and requested a budgie instead of money. My childhood friend had one, and I wanted to get one similar to her bird's color. He was such a sweet bird.
Sunbeam was a beautiful bird my mother and I decided on while we were visiting a pet store. I only had him/her for a couple of months before he/she died mysteriously. Sunbeam was active and feisty, so it was a surprise.
My mother suggested that we should get another bird to replace Sunbeam. She wondered if my grandmother would notice the change if we got one that looked similar to Sunbeam. That's how we got Lucky! My grandma was sharp and immediately realized that Lucky was a different bird than Sunbeam.
After Icy died, I vowed not to get another pet because it hurt so much to lose one. Years passed, and I fell in love with Blueberry. She had gorgeous colors and was full of sass, so it was fun watching her interact with other budgies at the pet store.
I have decided that I will always own budgies for the rest of my life. They are too cute and despite being tiny, they each have such big personalities!
__________________ Proudly owned by Proud owner of two cute budgies, Lucky and Blueberry! RIP Icy and Sunbeam, you will live on in our hearts.
I thought I would give into my son... I had parrotlets when he was a toddler... Sadly I lost them to his father during our separation and was more devisated when I leaned they didn't survive an unattended candle in the room they were in , in his care . Sigh. My son loved them and was very attached to HIS Buddy Bird, which made it harder to move on as he longed for another for a few years.
Then one day almost 5 or so years ago I visited a local pet shop that was going out of business After the arrival of a big name pet shop came to town.
Anyway I was there for aquarium things but couldn't resist looking at the birds that had not been sold. And then my son spotted out TWeety! He was very vocal and happy and active. He didn't have a band but was/ a lutino mutation that I have never seen in person in my tiny little town. I couldn't get him right then but went home and convinced my husband that we had to save him. Two days later he was home with us in a big cage and a lot of new toys! All was well and he was settling in nicely with us.
Then came my daughter's bird, Bell. A couple months after getting Tweety (the only bird I promised) a friend called saying she found a love bird in her yard! I brought her a spare cage I had from the parrotlets. When I got there I was surprised to see it was a budgie! She was shocked I knew the difference and its gender . I gave her some food dishes and clean toys and a perch to help comfort the little girl and some suggestions then went home. A few days later I got a call asking for me to take her! They attempted to find her home but no one claimed her. And my friend didn't appreciate all the chirping and demands for attention from her new house guest. I reluctantly took her still in hopes someone was looking for her and didn't want to become attached or have my 2 year old think I got a second bird for her. Weeks went by and no response to add I posted about finding her. Soooo we became her new family.
She stole away tweety's heart from my son soon after. He is not so keen on that and still and wishes he had his parrotlet back . But has accepted now that they are happy birds to have each other. This doesn't stop him from pushing for another bird just for him to bond with I would in a heartbeat but can't due to being in an apparent for now. One day though I suspect he's going to find his perfect bird friend again.
With me I knew I wanted a hand fed bird, I've never had a non-hand fed bird and worry I wouldn't be able to tame one who wasn't.
From that, I just knew I had to find a breeder-- so I had to search and search. Living in a big city (Chicago) I foolishly thought there would be loads of budgie breeders-- but I could only find ONE in driving distance (and it's over 100 miles away.) I sent an email to the one breeder about 4 months ago, and she put me on a waiting list.
I wanted a male primarily. It might be my prejudice, but I've had one male and one female in my life and the male was much more friendly, and a great talker. I mentioned I preferred blue, but was less focused on colors. I've been visiting the area pet stores almost twice a week just to watch budgies, and see what they look like-- and I always mentioned to my partner how much I loved spangled budgies. I never mentioned this to the breeder, but I thought they were really beautiful. Then yesterday my breeder called me and said she had a bird in mind for me-- she sent me photos of all, but the one she thought of for me is a beautiful blue spangled male (we think.) I still haven't met baby Kimchi but I feel so connected to him and can barely stand to wait the next two weeks to bring him home.