hand-raised generally means easier to tame
cast the above in stone, as there are exceptions, but generally you
want to choose a young parakeet that's ideally been hand-raised (ie,
has had lots of interaction with people). Let's talk about:
Clipped Wings Or Not
always, you can choose to ask for the budgie's wing feathers to be
clipped. This prevents the parakeet from flying away when you
want to train/tame it.
wings is almost a religious issue for some folks. Some people
swear by it, others will call you the demons from heck should you do
such a thing. Chapter 6, Taming Budgies,
goes into much more detail.
the most part, parakeets have a built-in age predicter - baby parakeets
have bars on their forehead going all the way down to their cere (the
fleshy part above the beak). This is called a "barhead".
budgies also have all-black eyes. After 4 months or so, you'll
see a dark grey iris (the part surrounding the pupil) and after 8
months, it might be lightened up to light grey/brown. There
are some exceptions here:
Lutino/Albino, Lacewings and Fallows
- They have red eyes and pink iris.
Recessive Pied, Dark-Eyed Clear
- These birdies have dark plum eyes.
very useful sites regarding budgie age is:
ask yourself - do you want a male or female budgie?
speaking (have you yet noticed a whole lot of this chapter is
"generally speaking"?) males are less aggressive and more talkative
being said, my female parakeet, Glyphie, is the gentlest next to my
handicapped birdie...and also the most adventurous to boot. She's
the first one to get a beak into anything new and tends to lead my
up male budgies have a blue cere, females have a pink/tan cere.
For more information about discering what sex a budgie is, visit:
one color generally isn't smarter than another. It's all a matter
of personal preference.
Budgies span the spectrum (except for red/orange) in colors and
Here are some great online examples:
Color Parakeet Photos
well as a one-page description of them all:
you can tell, lots of colors, lots of mutations, lots of appeal.
you need to ask yourself:
from your typical all-pet pet store are usually parakeet mill birdies -
ie, wholesale birds bought to be sold. No real human interaction
from a parrot-only store are often much more tame (ie, have been
handled a lot more) and easy to integrate into the family.
that's not to say that a bin-o-budgie parakeet won't be easy to
tame! It might take longer, mind you...but if they're young
enough, you can probably discover a fine parakeet this way.
are several ways to find hand-raised budgies. Alas, as parakeets
are, well, cheap in price, most pet parrot breeders don't specialize in
them. Still, though, you can try the following.
can find parrot stores several ways. Here are some directories:
can also visit sites like Yahoo Local!
and search for
within your area code.
people will breed parakeets in their homes as well. You can look
cannot find any breeders/parrot-only stores close by, simply look thru
your phone book for the pet shop listings.
are many useful sites that offer you a super checklist you can use
prior to birdieBuying. They include:
you've chosen your budgie and your cage, there's still several
more items of critical importance. Let's tackle something
parakeets cannot live without - food!
so now it's time for:
> Chapter 5 - Budgie Food