Why are budgies so cool?
Huge personality + tiny body + tiny poops + super talking ability = perfect birdie!My gosh, it's true. Now, granted, other people will choose other birdies as their treasured companions, and that's all very well and good! After all, I was raised with a grey-feathered brother (Bart, the African Grey, who mutated into a female once she laid eggs after, oh, 12 years or so), and prior to children, I did share my life with Angus, the Yellow-collared Macaw (otherwise known as the Beak of Doom. He was a perfect single-person birdie, but got extremely jealous of my children. I gave him up to Nancy Weaver, the ultimate parrot champion's parrot champion; after she passed away, I brought him to Foster Parrots where he's been living with his cherry-headed conure mate, Stanley, ever since).
For 8 years my family was birdieLess. I know, I know, can you imagine? But then....back in the summer of 2006, one of my kids asked me for a parakeet. Ho ho, thought I, as if I could handle that now with everything else going on in my life?
To squash that desire, I told her "...of course you can get a parakeet, dear, after you research on the Internet all the parakeet information that's available! And after I quiz you, if you get all the answers right...I'll let you choose your own special birdie."
Here's a word to the wise - never give a Ling such easy conditions. My kid found:
I decided to look for a handraised parakeet - in general, they're much
easier to train/tame than a bin-o-budgies parakeet (ie, one that came
from a parakeet mill or a big pet store). I read some parakeet
forums and researched breeders within
a 100 mile radius as well.
many parakeets! My kids were thrilled. The owner personally
chose a nifty green parakeet that stepped up very easily and calmly,
thus winning my daughter's heart. Martin the Warrior had
officially entered our lives. Little did we realize, that was
only the beginning!
this day, I still wonder about the next sequence of events.
Remember my mentioning of Nancy
Weaver above? Well, another person who worked at her
sanctuary had posted an ad about baby parakeets that were available for
adoption. When I contacted her, she responded by name and
remembered me from 5 years back! I figured this had to be a call
from beyond the Rainbow Bridge
and made arrangements to bring another child down with me to look at
number two (Mattimeo) turned out to be a Type II
Yellowfaced budgie, who seemed to have a weak leg. If
he was in a bin of budgies, he most likely would have been
discarded, but as it was a private person, I was able to bring him
home. I used a chopstick to help him strengthen his grip and
while he'll never be perfectly normal (he runs on one leg and one
ankle), he's just a joy to this day.
bet you think that's the end of my parakeets, eh? No oh no!
We returned the next week to bring home 3 more parakeets from the same
wonderful lady, Cloud, Glyphie
the following week, I came across Master Keet, who was found by a bird
feeder and brought to a pet store. He was obviously a pet birdie
as he has quite the range of unique kissing vocals, but nobody ever
advertised for him.
flock was complete! No it wasn't! For one of my daughter's
friends' mom had a lonely parakeet that she gave to me.
Originally, we named him after my daughter's teacher, HD.
However, he has quite the fear of hands, and one day when I had to
return him to the cage, he latched onto the skin between my thumb and
forefinger and simply would not let go. This gentle (NOT!) action
earned him his present moniker, LP - Land Pirahna. :-)
And then keets from
Parrots of the World, as well as more rescues, joined my flock. To
this day, they're all doing magnificently.
And then keets from Parrots of the World, as well as more rescues, joined my flock. To this day, they're all doing magnificently.
are a responsibility...and one that is most rewarding to fulfill.
Over the past few weeks, I've discovered super resources all around the
Internet...that I've now gathered together for your own personal
Ultimate Internet Parakeet will teach you where to find the online
much much more!
let's get to it. Turn now to:
> Chapter 1 - Budgie Basics
Parakeets/budgies/keets/etc. are NOT disposable birds! Please do your research before choosing to share your life with one of these wonderful birdies..
The Ultimate Internet Parakeet Toolkit
2007 Barbara Ling and Owlbert