I love raising budgies; they are just the cutest and most adorable birds out there.
Budgies are great pets. They are smart and funny, and they can become pretty attached to humans. Some even learn to talk! But there is more to keeping a budgie than you would think at first glance. Is a budgie right for you? Read on to find out.
Budgies Are a Popular Pet
So you've decided you want a pet, and you're thinking of getting a bird. You've researched some bird species that are kept as pets, and have, for now, settled on a budgie. Budgies are very popular as pets and very easy for beginners. But there is still a lot that comes with being a responsible pet owner.
You know that; that's why you're here. You want to find out if you are the right person for that little creature to spend its life with. There's also more to it than simply feeding it the right stuff, providing toys and keeping its cage clean.
So, should you get a budgie? Here are some questions that, when answered, will help you decide.
Questions You Should Ask Yourself First
- Will your personalities match?
- Why do you want a budgie?
- Are you willing to buy not just the one, but two budgies?
- Do you have the space and time for the budgie?
- Can you afford to keep it in good health?
- What will happen to the budgie(s) when you go on vacation?
- What if you tire of the bird?
- Do you have any other pets that might be hazardous to a little bird that's very curious?
- What if you decide that you want even more budgies?
1. Will your personalities match?
Budgies are very playful and curious, but they're also stubborn. This means that at times, they'll be acting like a 2-year-old: touching something they shouldn't, using their sharp beaks to destroy furniture, pooping on everything (they poop every 15 minutes and cannot be housetrained). Even the most well-tamed budgie will, when it decides it doesn't want to go to its cage, fly off and disobey you.
They go through puberty, like humans: testing your limits, being stubborn, even being aggressive towards you! Luckily, they won't hang out with bad budgies, dress up in all black and listen to loud metal music all day, but they can still get under your skin if you are not a patient person.
Budgies also scream loudly at least once a day for minutes on end. Some budgies scream several times a day, for half an hour at a time. You can find videos of the sound on YouTube. I suggest you listen to a screaming budgie before deciding you want one. It may bother you! If you have a small child that needs to sleep, don't get a budgie!
Budgies are intelligent and will figure out your routines, your tricks for getting them back in the cage (or for getting them to do anything, really), and so on. They will figure it out. One of my own budgies even figured out that a particular look on my face meant that I would be locking up the cage again, at which point, no matter what he was doing, he would immediately go sit in the opening and simply continue to do what he was up to, ready to fly out.
Of course, all this sounds like budgies are horrid to keep as pets. Please don't think that is the case, though. They are also very sweet, and they can become very attached to their caretaker. So, make sure that you would be willing to spend time with the budgie. It's not meant to sit in a cage by itself all day.
2. Why do you want a budgie?
Be honest here. Is it curiosity? Is it to put it on display, or will it serve as a living TV screen? A budgie is a living being, and it needs to be taken care of. If you're likely to buy one and then bring it to the pound in a month's time, save yourself the trouble and the money.
However, if it is because you are enamored by budgies, love how they look, love how funny and adventurous they can be and want to tame them and make them into your best friend, then you are the perfect person to own a budgie, and the budgie will be happy to be adopted by you!
3. Are you willing to buy not just the one, but two budgies?
Budgies are social creatures. They cannot live alone. The best thing for any budgie owner would be to get another budgie, bringing the total to at least two budgies. It's not just more fun for you as an owner to watch the two interact. The budgie will most likely be more active, be happier, be more fit and live longer! Read How To Introduce A Second Budgie for more information..
4. Do you have the space and time for a budgie?
A budgie needs a nice and spacious cage with good quality perches, a variety of toys and a vast variety of food. It needs to be able to spread its wings now and then to stay fit. So, do you have the space for a cage that's big enough?
A budgie also needs you there. It won't be happy spending all day sitting on a perch, staring at the wall, being all alone. You wouldn't be happy either. The budgie needs you to spend lots of time with it if it's alone. If you get a second budgie, you won't need to spend as much time interacting with them, but you still need to keep the cage clean, change the water and the food bowls every day and keep a good eye on their health.
5. Can you afford to keep it in good health?
Buying a budgie, a cage, some toys and food is one thing. But what if the bird gets sick? A trip to the vet will cost money, and you really owe it to the bird to pay for its treatment when it needs it. So add approximately $200 to your budget before deciding on getting a budgie. Keep that money stored away safely somewhere and don't touch it. Keep it exclusively for vet costs.
6. What will happen to the budgie(s) when you go on vacation?
A budgie will die if it's left for 48 hours without food. Taking it with you would cause the bird a lot of stress, and the hotel probably wouldn't allow it. So is there someone you can trust to take care of it? Make sure they will take care of the bird! I once asked someone to take care of my birds, and it's a good thing I returned early: He forgot.
7. What if you tire of the bird?
Will you still keep it and take good care of it? Or do you know someone who is good with pets and who would be able to love your budgie? The pounds are overcrowded, so think twice before risking adding to the population.
8. Do you have any other pets that might be hazardous to a little bird that's very curious?
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Dogs, cats, snakes . . . We can all think of many household pets that could hurt or even kill a small budgie.
9. What if you decide that you want even more budgies?
Budgies are addictive! Many owners end up buying more budgies, and several even decide to give breeding a try. Will you be able to say no if you don't have the room or time for it?
Did You Answer Everything?
Did you answer all these questions or think up solutions for any possible problems that may spring up? You really want to get a budgie or two? Then the next step is prepping your home to welcome a new family member! You'll be adding love, life and laughter to your house! Look forward to an article by me on that very topic.
Did You Know?
- Budgies originate from Australia.
- The first budgies to be taken out of Australia were taken to England in 1840.
- Originally, prices for budgies were very high, sometimes up to 100 times the average wage of the time.
- The parakeet family is the largest group of the parrotlets.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Ella on June 28, 2020:
hi my mom says i can get a pet bird or fish. So i am debating whether i should get a budgie or a fish. A budgie would be more active but harder to take care of.
WHAT DO I DO????
Cat on June 11, 2020:
I really want a budgie so i am convincing my mum by paying out of my own money and researching budgies are lovely pets
Hana Louise on May 25, 2020:
I've wanted a budgie ever since I remember but I'm not too sure how suitable I would be as an owner! I'm sixteen so will be starting my a levels in september (hopefully!), this means that I will most likely be at college in the mornings (8 30am ish), back for lunch and then back to college in the afternoon (4pm latest). Due to this I (think a pair would be better so they have each other as company whilst I'm gone. My dad does work from home (unless he has to pop out) and my mum has a similar timetable as me and both would be willing to check on the birds if needed. I'm uncertain whether or not I will go to Uni but if I do and I can't take them right away my parents would equally be happy to look after them until I can have them again. However, if it becomes necessary, I would possibly look into rehoming them locally to not stress them out
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I would be solely paying for the upkeep of the budgies (if a medical emergency came up family could help out). Ideally, I'd like to get a job to aid payment but I would start with doing a weekend job as I'm only young!
The budgies would live in my room as that's where I spend the majority of my time and so makes sense. However, we do have two dogs and foster for the RSPCA (as well as a bearded dragon!) all living downstairs. The dogs don't bark every second and are very calm with other small animals but one will often bark at people walking by the house.
I am trying to do as much research as I can before adopting one as I want to be sure I can offer the best home possible! If I don't get a pair now I plan on doing it at some point in the future! Thank you for reading this and I hope it not too much to ask for your opinions- please be as honest as possible! TIA
Lesther on May 23, 2020:
Thank you for luring me into buying a budgie! I will think about it because my mom said "If you get a budgie, they will be like a dog and its basically like cutting their wings".
Keaton on April 20, 2020:
I paid around £20 each for mine. Great addition to my aviary! I advise you to get one!
Lynnita on April 20, 2020:
How muash is a budgie
Vicki Dobbins on November 25, 2019:
Hi Thankyou this was good advice. I have one hen budgie I rescued In July ‘18 that was loose, couldn’t find her owner & adopted! I’ve learnt as I go! Not sure how old she is, around 2 now. I’d like to get her a friend, but I’ve read girls can fight & if I got a boy they might breed! I definitely don’t want to do that!
She’s been kept on her own for 16months. Would it be a good or bad idea to get a second budgie? I’m home a lot & we spend lots of time together, she has the option to come out in the living room everyday, but it seems sad to have such a social creature without another of her own kind. The cage is big enough to accommodate two & I have a spare cage for quarantine etc. Thing is I don’t really want to have two separate cages if they didn’t get on as it doubles the workload & I have M.E. I know this could be a possibility though & I’d have to be prepared to do this if they really didn’t like each other.
I put budgies on TV everyday to keep her company- she loves it! & the radio on when I go out to work. But I still think a friend might be a good idea.. what do you think? If so boy or girl? Thanks.
Mike on November 07, 2019:
Budgies are amazing pets. I had no idea how great owning birds would be, but now that I have two budgies I couldn't imagine life without them! They're so friendly and happy.
Ashley on June 17, 2018:
I am absolutly in love with budgies and i know everything there is to know about them. I want a budgie as a best freind and i dont mind the cost poop screeches or anything else i just want a companion. But my mom espacially is so fed up with our dog so far she gets mad when i ask for a bird. I need help to convince her.
Jamie on April 03, 2018:
Hi, I'm currently looking into a budgie and I was wondering if it would be suitable to take it two hours away to a bungalow or even to a Caravan site 40-50 minutes away or would it be too stressful for the budgie?
krish Chandarana on February 02, 2018:
i am interested in getting a budgie. But is it high maintenance???????
Elysianphoenix (author) from Belgium on June 01, 2017:
Hi Samantha. When I was in college, I got my first budgie. I had the same situation as you describe (or at least very similar). If you are certain all its needs will be met, you'll be able to afford a vet, etc... then a budgie would be a good pet - granted you get more than one! A budgie is a very social animal. It needs another creature to give it a lot of love and attention. If you know that can't be you, I very very strongly recommend a second budgie. There's not much difference either. You'll know your budgies are both content, you'll not feel quite so guilty when you need to work for school, and you have the joy from seeing these two critters interact with each other and with you! Just make sure to buy a big enough cage! :) Good luck!!
Samantha R. on May 31, 2017:
I'm thinking about getting a budgie soon, though I'm not sure that I'll be able to socialize with it much (I'm only getting one), as I'm in a prep school, and homework can take hours (I might only get to spend an hour or two with it). I know I'll be able to feed it, clean up after it, etc..., I have family who can take care of it if I happen to be away, any vet costs will be covered by my parents, and I want one because I happen to be very lonely, and it'd be nice to have someone be friends with. However, with my busy schedule in mind, should I get a budgie? I don't want to get one and have it be bored out of it's mind, or even depressed because I'm too busy with school.
Meghan on September 22, 2014:
I'd love to have one, but I'm TERRIFIED of parasites.
Elysianphoenix (author) from Belgium on September 19, 2014:
I hope your new budgie will be a great addition to your birdfamily. Keep in mind that a budgie, although it's smaller than a cockatiel, is also -fiestier-! ;)
Bonny OBrien from Troy, N.Y. on September 16, 2014:
Great article. I will be getting a budgie next week. Right now I have 2 cockatiels and I hope they will all become friends. Of course the budgie will have his own cage.
Elysianphoenix (author) from Belgium on April 02, 2012:
Absolutely! You'll be addicted to budgies in no time. Good luck with your new owner. ;)
graceomalley on January 15, 2012:
Great advice. I'm planning to bring a budgie home soon. I'm going to start with one, give him/her time to bond with me and adjust to life in a human house, then add to the flock slowly. The first budgie being comfortable should allow him to 'lead the way' for the others settling in.