About a month ago I saw on the Facebook page of my vet's practice that they'd had a stray budgie handed in to them by a member of the public and were going to be looking for a home for it. I promptly phoned up to register my willingness to give a home to the budgie, because I have a spare cage and after all, what's one more budgie
? Unfortunately the budgie didn't live very long at the vet's - it hadn't been able to survive in the wild - but I left my contact details with the vet in case they ever had another stray budgie brought in to them.
Last Friday evening I had the phone call I was hoping for - they'd had a budgie in their care for a week so it had been checked out by the vet and was I still interested in giving it a home? Of course I said YES at once and arranged to be at the vet's surgery as soon as they opened on Saturday morning to collect said budgie. Had to call in at the local pet shop for a box to carry the budgie in but I was still at the vet's pretty early on......Sunny, as I've called my new addition, is most definitely female because she has a nice brown cere. She's yellow in colour with splashes of green near her tail end; don't know what the proper name for this colour is, but she's beautiful nonetheless.
I now have two males and two females, but have no intention whatsoever of breeding from any of them so I won't be adding any nest boxes! Sunny is in the smaller cage by herself but in the same room as the cage with the other three birds - Billy and Ben (blue males) and Berta (blue female). Billy and Berta have definitely paired up, but the 'odd man out', Ben, lives in the big cage quite happily with the two others.
I have both cages in my bedroom - laminate flooring makes it easier to sweep up the feathers and seed shucks that fall on the floor. Saves having to get the vacuum cleaner out