So My wife and I finally caved in getting a parakeet. I had a very memorable one when I was 7. My parents would not get me a dog because it was a lot of work and they knew I wouldn’t do it. My parakeet, “birdie” ( I was not very imaginative child) roamed free during the day with the roof off of its cage and would fly to areas. One day, due to an accident, birdie was injured and subsequently died. Thinking it could be replaced and be the same type of bird, we got another one. This one died within a week from bringing it home after unknown causes. I was frustrated and devastated still missing my first one. My parents ended going with a more robust bigger bird and a pair this time so they won’t be lonely (as I was the only child) which were albino cockatiels. I loved them and had them for years...until one day I came from school and they were gone. My parents gave them away as I was not taking care of them and had to do all the work. I was sad but they said gave them to a good family and I am at peace with it.
Fastforward 40 years later...my son who is 5 years old asking specifically for a bird. Asked why don’t you want a dog...because birds are descendants of dinosaurs. He loves dinosaurs since the last 2 years and thinks he’s a raptor. My wife does not like any pets due to the mess it causes but she agreed as I told her I will help him care for it as I have experience and parakeets are not that bad. So I went searching the week before Christmas to find the bird with the perfect temperament as I remember my cockatiels were so different...one mellow and loving and the other loud and mean. I read a site that suggested do not have to buy the bird from the first place you go and that was the best advice. I probably went to 6 stores around me. I picked one up on Christmas Eve. My son had the bird on his finger within an hour despite me telling him be gentle and slow with it at it was maybe scared. The bird was like a statue for few days and would sit in the corner of the cage. It got a little better after the third day but even my wife felt bad for it. We were considering buying a pair but I didn’t find one that we liked as the others were all running frantically at the bottom of the cage. I played a budgie video in tv and all of a sudden it started to whistle and fly towards the TV with the budgies on it. That’s when we knew it needed a friend bad as my son had to spend a lot of time with distance learning. I again went searching several pet shops and finally found the best one I can find. I didn’t realize parakeets sell so fast because it I took the time fit a second look they would be fine the next day. When I brought the bird home the first one perked up and immediately happy. The new one was just scared of its new environment. They both now have adjusted well. Cannot say the same for myself as have the fear of them being stepped on by my son (or anyone for that matter) or dying when I wake up the next morning. It’s been a month almost now and they seem to be doing fine.
Well that is my story...didn’t realize there was so much color variations until started shopping. Mine was simple blue one when I was a kid. Hoping someone can help me categorize the color for our two new birds. People keep asking me if they are lovebirds because they do not look like traditional parakeets. I do not know the color mutations and I tell them they are green and blue. Haha
Last edited by FaeryBee; 01-24-2021 at 08:37 PM.
Reason: Too much descriptive information re death of "Birdie".
Your budgies are adorable.
From what I can see from your picture, you have two very pretty little girls.
What have you (or your son) named them?
With regard to their mutations, one of our experts will be able to assist you when they are on-line.
Budgies should only be allowed free-flight in a bird-safe room.
There are many dangers to allowing your budgies to have free-flight throughout your home.
How are you going to keep them from flying into something cooking on the stove, or out an open door when someone comes into or out of your home?
Additionally, Your budgies need to spend some of their time in their cage every day so they learn to entertain themselves when your family is out for a few hours.
I would definitely be concerned about one of the budgies being injured by a five year old running about the house. As you know, children (and most adults) do not watch the floor with every step they take throughout the day.
Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.
These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
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It's great to have you with us and you've come to the best possible place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices! Your girls are gorgeous - they are both opaline greywing; the green one appears to be an olive or dark green opaline greywing and the other is a sky blue opaline greywing.
I can't wait to hear more about them!
Meanwhile, be sure to read through the forums' many budgie articles and stickies, beginning with the links provided by FaeryBee above. If you have any questions after doing so, please feel free to ask as we'd love to help.
Hope to see you around!
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
Thank you for the responses and the advice. I’ll leave them in the cage more often. I think they are getting used to it more as they are playing with the toys and sitting on different perches now. My son names the green one Little bud-kiwi-fearherball and the blue one blue sky junior snowflake. Yes, I know...long names.
Oh wow! I thought they were both males as recently felt both their ceres turning blue but I’m not sure if they are at the age to tell. Any guesses in the range of their age? Less than 6 months or more?