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I have two daughters that are 10and11 years old. They watched a friends budgie for a week while she was on vacation now they want an English budgie.I read online that birds can transmit disease to humans and the dust created by feathers and there waste can cause lung problems. My question is for you bird owners is this a legitimate concern we have never owned a bird. Is having a pet budgie really any more likely to make you sick than having a dog? They want to keep the cage in there room I have read an air purifier would help with dust created by the bird. If any of y'all have children and budgies I would appreciate your help. Thanks

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greetings gtfan and welcome aboard.you come to the right place for all your questions on budgies.I use a air purifier around my budgie but pointed away from her to help keep the air clean.I've never had a problem before,but I will let our wonderful staff assist you on this for the best advice and ways to be safe.

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Hi! to Talk Budgies

I'm glad you are doing your research and thinking the matter through carefully before making a commitment to a pet you have no experience with.

Budgies don't have as much "dander" as many other species of birds.
I have had 3 budgies and 3 lovebirds all living in my bedroom along with two shelties. I run an air-purifier in the bedroom 24/7.

I have extreme seasonal allergies but have not noticed any difference in the level of them since having my birds.

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Thanks for the quick replies I have learned a lot reading this forum! We have a bird show in a few weeks and will get a bird from a breeder there if we buy one. I would like to get a hand fed bird since it will be my girls first bird.I think it would be better for the bird and us if it is already partially socialized to humans. I can not find a breeder that hand feeds the American budgie that's why I am leaning towards the English more breeders do hand feed them. Do any of y'all have experience with English and American budgies? Which one makes a better first bird? Thanks
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You don't need a hand-fed budgie for it to be easy to socialize as long as you get a young bird.

In fact, I personally believe that budgies that are allowed to be parent raised and hand socialized are are better option.

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I have/had both English and American budgies.

While many people believe English budgies to be a bit more calm and relaxed and American budgies to be more lively and active, with my own budgies I have not found that to be the case.

My English budgies are all very active, very vocal, and playful. I can see no difference between their personalities and those of my American budgies.

If you let us know what state you are in we may be able to recommend potential breeders for you.
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Hi there and to the forums!

Deborah has given some great information

I'd like to add is that with only one bird, dander is generally not a problem.

I have one budgie and she's been with me for four years now; with just regular vacuuming once or twice a week (every other day when she's moulting) and cleaning the cage daily, her dander hasn't affected me or others in my family at all, one of whom has severe allergies. So I don't think you need to worry

Also, since it would be your girl's first bird (even though you'd obviously be involved as well), if you had a choice between breeder raised American budgies and breeder raised English budgies, there really isn't a difference. English budgies are often considered to be more laid back, but all birds have their own personalities so that wouldn't really be a factor.

The reason American budgies are considered more difficult are because, sadly, they are the type mass-produced in bird mills for "big box" pet stores like PetCo and PetSmart, and have no human (or bird parent) interaction at all, making them flighty and harder to tame than a bird who has been properly socialised by a breeder. So it's really not the type of bird at all, it's the way they were raised, as well as their individual temperaments and behaviours.

I'm glad you're getting your new little one from a reputable breeder as we don't recommend buying any bird at commercial pet stores as it promotes their bad practices of budgie care

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I live about 30 miles south of Atlanta GA any breeder recommendations would be great
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OK -- I know a person in that area and will ask her to contact you with information regarding a breeder.

It will probably be tomorrow or the next day before you hear from her by Private Message.
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OK -- I know a person in that area and will ask her to contact you with information regarding a breeder.

It will probably be tomorrow or the next day before you hear from her by Private Message.
That would be great. Thank you
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it would be wonderful to get from a breeder.I too prefer to be able to get 1 as well from a breeder.I got the chance long ago and it was a well tamed and beautiful healthy budgie named agatha.blessings and take care.
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