||Four months old|
||Gaylord, Michigan, USA|
I've only had her for a few months, Peekaboo has already
captured my heart and taken over my home. I've wanted a pet bird for
years, and I spent my free time in the last year or so online finding
out everything I possibly could about budgies and how to take care of
them. I finally convinced my parents to let me get one, and off to the
pet store I went. There were a lot of baby budgies to choose from, but
after sitting by the cages for awhile, I couldn't take my eyes off the
bright green and yellow budgie that was racing around the cage, playing
with toys, and peeping it's little heart out. So, Peekaboo came home
Peekaboo has been an adorable and amusing pet ever since.
Although it usually takes weeks or even months for a pet budgie to
become tame, Peekaboo has been tame pretty much since day one. She
enjoys sitting on my shoulder and softly warbling into my ear, as well
as climbing all over in my hair! Whenever I walk by her cage, she chirps
excitedly and starts climbing all over the front of her cage until I
finally give in and let her out. Once she's out, Peekaboo loves
exploring the house, chirping along to the television or radio, and
playing in her favorite places, which include my mother's houseplants,
the fan, and her playgym. If she's ever left alone for more than a few
minutes, she starts chirping really loudly for someone to come and pay
attention to her.
Originally, I'd really hoped that I would get a male
budgie, so that it could learn to talk. However, Peekaboo turned out to
be a female, so she most likely won't. Listening to her assortment of
peeps, chirps, screams, and cackles are enough for me! Whenever someone
is trying to watch television, they're sure to have to deal with a lot
of noise- Peekaboo likes to compete with the TV for attention! She just
doesn't like it when "her" humans are too busy watching TV to play with
or talk to her.
A lot of people think budgies are boring, "beginner" birds, and opt
instead for a larger parrot. However, budgies are neither! A budgie
still requires a lot of attention, fresh food and water, mental
stimulation, and physical exercise daily. They can be just as personable
and lively as many of the larger parrots, and many males (and a few
females) can even learn to talk! A budgie's bite is far less painful
than that of one of the larger, harder-beaked parrots, and even when
they're extremely excited, their chirping is much easier to tolerate.
Yes, budgies are parrots, too! If you'd like to experience the joys of
owning a pet parrot, in a manageable size and disposition, I'd recommend
that you get a budgie. However, if you want a pet that doesn't require
very much attention or care, then something such as a fish might be
better for you.
I know one thing for sure... I wouldn't trade Peekaboo for any other pet in the world!