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Old 10-29-2016, 01:03 PM
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I thought it might be entertaining to take a walk down memory lane and revisit the first Budgie(s) we got. And with getting those Budgies, the funny things we discovered or funny stories along the way. And it could also be helpful to new Budgie owners to prevent a few scares when something completely normal happens, or learn some tips, or get something from whatever other information they glean

I'll start to show you kinda what I mean

I remember when my first Budgie, Mishka, molted for the first time. I came home from school to find her with a head full of pin feathers (though I didn't know what they were at the time). I thought that somehow she had gotten herself impaled with something or even that a porcupine had shot her with a head full of quills. (Really irrational, I know, but I was quite a bit younger and not thinking clearly because I literally thought my Budgie was going to die) This was also before I discovered TB, so I really had no idea what was going on. Neither of my parents had owned birds, so they were clueless, too. I even asked my dad, who's a doctor, to see what was going on with her. He had no idea, of course. So I googled something along the lines of, "Help! My budgies has a head full of quills," and found many pictures of budgies that had similar things to what my Mishka had. And that led me to the discovery of molting.

I laugh at this now because of how irrational and scared Little Me was. I was so glad I figured out what was "wrong" with her before I brought her to the vet and had a really awkward visit. Hermes is actually molting right now (when my friend was over and saw all of the feathers he had lost during the day, she was like, "I think your birds exploded ). He, too, has a head full of pin feathers. That's what reminded me of this story so I hope you enjoyed and hopefully some other members have some funny stories to share too.

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Old 10-29-2016, 03:56 PM
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I remember the first time Fluff got away from me (while transferring him to his cage after getting him) and worrying that I was never going to catch him and get him back in. It only took me about 5 minutes before he wore himself out and just allowed it to happen. Now I have a towel used to catch them (the not so tame three) and they know when I hold it, it's back to cage time. Don't really need to use it to catch them anymore.

I remember when Tweet and Fluff were in the process of destroying their first toy. I was worried about them getting sick from it or something. I spent hours going through this site and other sites about it until I realized it was bird safe. I had taken all the toys out for those few hours, thinking to myself "are these people nuts giving their birds these dangerous toys?!" There's still some toys I won't keep in the cage if I am not there to keep an eye on them. It's most likely my paranoid birdie mommy leaking through though.
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I got my first bird when I was only 8 his name was Pudge. I didn't take the best care of him then, because I was only 8 and wasn't very knowledgeable about birds. He lived for 3 years and was a lot of fun.
I had a head injury when I was 13 so I find it difficult to remember a lot of things, but my fondest memory of him was his love for Legos! Whenever I would play with my Legos, he'd just go crazy over the sound and would climb all over the Lego towers I built
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I remember that when I got Mallorn, I would come downstairs extra early in the morning to uncover her and sit by her cage, just us too, and we would listen to music together. I would read to her storybooks, like Puss in Boots, or Cinderella, just as my mum read to me when I was a girl. It was magic, really, just me and this little tiny bird who didn't know me yet, but still listened intently as I read to her.

Also, she used to be very bad at flying, when she was just a baby. She was awkward and didn't know how to land, so I always thought she had hurt herself after trying to fly. Eventually, though, she got better. She's an ace now, she flies like lightning and does some insane maneuvers.
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Well just over two weeks ago, I brought my first budgie home. When I came downstairs the first morning, I found him clinging to the the bars of his cage in the same position I'd seen him when I went to bed the night before. I broke my heart thinking 'Oh the poor little thing, he's so scared he's spent all night awake and terrified', then I googled this site and found...

https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...ide-night.html

... And regained my sanity!
He now sleeps on his swing but I've still got a lot to learn! X
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While I've had birds of different species for many years, I got into the species of Budgies just several years ago. Until I learned about budgie specifics, I assumed that they were like most other parrots, that you couldn't sex them by sight, so I wasted money on DNA lol.
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I just got my first budgie (Biz) late August. However when I was a kid, my older brother had a green normal one. (Dirty Bird. My brother is very neat, and his wife bought him a baby parakeet and he would clean the cage and say incredulously... "You're a dirty bird." And Dirty Bird started saying "Dirty Bird." He would also say "hello," some whistles and so forth. He was a lot of fun. I enjoyed visiting him when I visited my brother.

My story is about how sometimes budgies find you, you don't find them. Last year I decided to be more ambitious with plants (herbs and such, etc.) It went just okay. Some plants made it, others did not.

This year, for the first time I planted some seeds in a southern-facing window. To my surprise... they grew and thrived; as did some of my other plants. (I don't really have a green thumb... hadn't had plants in years... was too busy with work, and overlooked that.) Anyhow... living in Manhattan... when plants started growing up from the dirt, I felt like a certified farmer. When the flowers bloomed.... forget it! And here we are almost Nov. and they're still blooming. To my surprise.

Anyhow, I became more enthusiastic about plants and picked up a couple new ones at Lowe's. One day I was watering my plants and I looked down and my reaction was "Are you kidding me???" It was a small baby lizard. (a brown anole... you seem them down South a lot... in green and brown.) Fortunately in a NY high rise I've been spared NYC pests... ... this was a real first. Not what we expect to see. He must've hitched a ride in one of the houseplants I bought. I tried to catch him but he was way too fast. Then he ran away and I was like "ugh... there's a lizard loose in my apt." But he kept returning to the same plant, the same leaf, day after day to sit in the sun. I continued to try to catch him to no avail. Finally I was like... "Ok... if you're just going to hang out in the plants here in the window, you can stay. Ok, fine." I named him Jerome. I thought Jerome looked thin and since he had made it this far.... I didn't want him to starve.

So I went to a pet store a few blocks away that I had never entered before (didn't even know it was there); to see if they had any "lizard food." No. [ Well, they had crickets and worms, which were no way coming into my apartment, and also were too big for Jerome. ]

I didn't find any lizard food... but I did find the bird room.... and while looking at all the birds, decided I was going to buy a parakeet (budgie). Just on impulse. I had always wanted one growing up, but my mother didn't let me have one because we had a cat. [ However I did have a pet duck when I was in 3rd grade, during a cat-free hiatus in our house. Fluffy lived in the backyard one Summer and we took her to a farm in the Fall. She was one of two ducks hatched as a class project in my school. ]

So I saw all the budgies and I decided I had to have one. And so here we are.

I brought Biz home.... and then started to figure out what to do. [ Which, I don't recommend... and I wouldn't repeat it or advise anyone else do that... but more on that in a moment.... ]

And then we began on our little journey. Jerome actually disappeared the next day and never came back.

Not the best way to purchase a budgie (on impulse as I did)... but I realized this week (as I was thinking to myself that I kind of did it all backwards).... I realized that had I researched everything upfront.... I never would have done it... [ I would have overthought it, worried about it, took forever trying to find the exact "right one," been too anxious about the potentially illnesses, wouldn't have been able to find a cage I liked... etc. & so forth....] In a nutshell... I would have talked myself out of it. It never would have happened. ... And I might have given up when I couldn't find a breeder in NY. [There seem to be none.]

Anyhow... so I think.... sometimes...... the bird finds you. Biz caught my eye.... & was very friendly and curious compared to the other birds in the cage and I had never seen one that looked like him before (hadn't look at budgies in years)... and so I went for it, knowing I would be able sort it all out later. (Again, *not* the way to do it, and I'd advise anyone and everyone not to do that.) But it's going great.

And I was thinking of Nathalie and her baby budgie Rocky. One day a random budgie landed in her yard. She wasn't planning on owning a bird. But she took it in... and then miraculously found the bird's owner. And after that, knew she had to have one. And CeruleanBlue.... Artoo showed up at her office I believe. And there's another NY'er on here... a gorgeous green budgie showed up on the doorstep in the cold.

For me, if it weren't for the "pied piper lizard," Jerome... I would have never ended up in that pet store in a million years. ...Every once in awhile.... the birds find you and let you know it's time to open your home to them.
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What lovely stories

My first budgie was called Herc ( short for Hercules as in aircraft as I was in the Royal Air Force) - he didn't live long sadly had a heart attack and died whilst I was visiting my parents and the dog scared him. But he'd love to sit on your head and would lulu your hair. I've never managed to have a bird so friendly again., but I'm working on these two
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When I was in my teens, my Dad had an aviary.

He took early retirement and wanted something to do with his time and he fell into his old love of bird breeding. He made the aviary himself.
I would do little tasks in the aviary to help my Dad, like cleaning out the cages and feeding the birds etc.
Occasionally, when he has some babies, I'd end up picking one as a friend. The first clutch he ever bred had four babies- Twinkle, Joseph, Arthur and Babe. Twinkle ended up Winkle, and Joseph because Josephine. They came into the house for a while as they grew up and went into the aviary when they matured.

I remember having one bird I called Gecko.
He would sit in his cage chirping along while I watched TV, but if I sat up, he would always stop chirping.
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What lovely stories

My first budgie was called Herc ( short for Hercules as in aircraft as I was in the Royal Air Force) - he didn't live long sadly had a heart attack and died whilst I was visiting my parents and the dog scared him. But he'd love to sit on your head and would lulu your hair. I've never managed to have a bird so friendly again., but I'm working on these two
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Oh dear. I didn't realize this was a thing. That a dog could scare a budgie literally to death. I guess I won't be visiting my sister with Biz. [ She has a golden retriever, very sweet, but he's a dog. ]

I am sorry for your loss. He sounds like a very sweet bird.
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