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Old 07-08-2016, 02:12 AM
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Maybe you were born into a family of bird lovers. Maybe you discovered them on your own as a teen or adult? Were you completely disinterested in birds at one time? I'd love to hear how you first got into birds. What started your passion with these wonderful creatures?

I had absolutely no interest in birds until one day years ago, I found the most beautiful Gouldian Finch at a pet store. That was it. My inner "bird person" had finally been awakened, and I absolutely had to have him! I initially went into the pet store after some fish food... I walked out with my first bird 'Adam' and a cage . At that point, I'm not even sure I remembered the fish food . My passion for finches grew, and I eventually got into parrots as well.

Looking back, it was hard to believe that I was to eventually become a "bird person" . My aunt gave my dad a cockatiel when I was a kid, and I might have glanced at it once or twice. Friends had parrots, but I didn't care. I once even dated someone with a large macaw, and I think I said something like "oh, you have a bird." I couldn't have cared less.

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Nice thread! When I was 10, my dad brought a finch in our home. He was so friendly! When we used to sit around him, I think it was his favourite! He never stopped singing! We kept him for 3-4 years I think. Then we had some canaries, but they were never so friendly as he was.
Many years later, our local breeder and friend gave us a budgie as a present. She was remarkable! And I think she was one of the best bird-friends I ever had! here's her story; https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-pictur...-princess.html
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I always had budgies when I was a kid and had an auntie who was a breeder eded them in can remember 1 yellow budgie called whiskey, one blue and white called Peter (blue peter) then a green and yellow called charley, then due to tragic circumstances (lost my dad age 12) my family moved in with another family to try and regain normality. They had a cat that Was a real outdoor Tom cat. We gave Charley to a friend who gave him a great new home.

10 years later I have bought my 1st home and living on my own. So it started again with Ash continues with Jay

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Kaa, Peter for a blue budgie is my favourite!

My Dad had an aviary when I was about 11 I think. He bred budgies, canaries and zebra finches for quite a few years. We had to move and the birds were sold to another breeder.
During the time we have the aviary I had a pet budgie that my Nan and Grandad could no longer keep, called Spike, but he was very old and didn't last very long.
I kept some of the baby budgies as pets for a while after they were weaned but they went back to the aviary once they were mature. There were four of them and we named them Twinkle, Joseph, Arthur and Babe. Twinkle ended up Winkle as it was a boy and Joseph a Josephine.
I didn't have a pet bird for a short time before we ended up getting a cockatiel I named Sid. She was lovely and moved with us from Kent to Lincoln.
Eventually, my brother took Sid (my to brothers kept stealing all our pets when they'd come to visit. We moved up here with 4 cats and a tiel and they took all of them over time!).

After that we had Holly the dog for 10 years and no birds but I saw some doves in a pet shop on holiday one year and I was smitten and my love for birds was reawakened.
Then, last July I decided I would like a bird back in my life.
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I don't know why we got the first budgie, Jimmie. when I was 11. I just remember walking to a pet shop with my Mum and leaving with a budgie in a cage. I suspect Mum really wanted one as she was marvellous with him, endless patience. He lived for 11 years and the day he died he came to see each of us in turn for a cuddle as if he was saying 'goodbye'.
I was smitten and had budgies through the years, but it is very recently that I have gotten into them in a BIG way, breeding and training.
I don't think I could live without a bird in my life anymore
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As a kid I always wanted a bird. I knew nothing about bird ownership, but had some underlying desire to have one. My parents absolutely refused to let me have one even through my teen years. I eventually gave up on the whole idea of a pet bird.
After I'd been married a few years the idea was reawakened when I went in to PetSmart to buy dog food. I came home did my research (which meant snooping around TB for months) and then introduced the desire to my husband. He was reluctant. Then Disney's Rio came out and since we had two little girls we all watched it constantly and he agreed I could get a bird. The rest is history. I'll probably never not have a budgie in my life now. My husband isn't a pet person and definitely not a bird person. I told him just the other day I would probably always have budgies for the rest of my life and he rolled his eyes.
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Eeek I am so out of touch with Disney that I hadn't even heard of Rio .Now. of course I have to download it Thanks Tiffanie
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to me always liked the animals and nature so when i was a child of 5 it was pretty common to me to have a pet i haved a dog a fish and my grandma and my grandma have a lot of animals so there is where it comes my love to nature and animals

so when i found to zeus(my budgie) on my backyard window i grip him and i put him into a big box
then i researched if it was a cage bird because to that moment i dont knew to much about birds then i convinced my mom to let me kept the budgie

since i began to research about budgies i noticed that they are beatiful and awesome birds so now i am trying to give him a good life and i bought him a female hera another beautiful budgie

and i am doing a playground in my room because i began to tame them for let them free some hours in the day in my room

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I've always been obsessed with birds. My mom let me have a budgie when I was like 12. She was all yellow and I named her Jenga. Unfortunately she died while I was away a girl scout camp. I was devastated.

I also have 2 quarter sleeve tattoos and they are both of birds. My right arm is a sparrow which is my idea of a "self portrait". My right arm has 3 females and one male cardinal. This is my idea of my family.

Fast forward, I wanted birds. Any, all.... But we rented and I knew it was not ideal in our cramped 2 bedroom apartment with 4 humans, 2 fish tanks and 2 dogs to get birds. Well we bought a house in April and by the end of May I had my birds LOL! I have my own office at our new house and that's where we (my birds and I) spend most of our time. I do have to leave my "cage" sometimes to join the "real" world. But I spend as much time in there with them around me as I possibly can. I love them! I would LOVE a bigger bird as well in the future but we shall see....

Edited to add: This https://talkbudgies.com/other-birds/3...ger-bird.html# is why I'm hesitant on a big bird. Even while my heart aches for one.

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