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Kids need a pet.

8, 6 and 4.

I had a couple of pet budgies as a child and I bloody loved those birds. I want something easy to look after, transportable so someone else can watch them if we go on holiday, interesting and child friendly.

We've got an aquarium - which is "theirs" in that they feed them, but is really mine.

DH against budgies because of a bad experience with an elderly aunt's bird - which was mental after a decade of looking at itself in a mirror and being kept in a tiny cage. He firmly beleives that caging birds is cruel, that budgies are noisy and unfriendly.

I'd get four birds, two pairs. In a giant cage which is for six budgies - lots of flying room in it. I've found a local breeder who has some 9 - 12 week birds available. Birds would have free flying in the room when we are in, once they are trained to return to the cage.

He's horrified, he thinks the racket will be like the mad old bird's mad old bird x 4.

I don't - they'll be company for each other, will have plenty of attention and no mirror. Inevitably, there will be some squabbling, but shouldn't be too much screeching?

Any ideas?

TheCunningStunt Sun 03-Jun-12 17:12:02

I'm with your DH. Bird can't and shouldn't be kept IMO. I also think they would be noisy! Helpful?grin

Yes, though it's not what I want to hear! blush

out of interest, do you think that caging a bird is cruel, full stop?

DH does - I'm not sure, if it's a parakeet who gets plenty of attention and time out the cage most of the day, most days?

Just be warned that budgies flying free will take over the room... They will eat wall paper, plaster etc, and will leave you plenty of poo everywhere ... I speak from experience as my parents had birds living like this....

If you want a budgie get one .... But more than one will potentially breed too and before you know it, 4 will be 30!

oiwheresthecoffee Tue 05-Jun-12 21:13:49

Budgies can make fab pets but need to be one of the family and cant be caged all the time no. However no its not cruel to cage them sometimes. Ive been known to pop to the shop and leave mine out (room is bird proof as it can be) and come back to find hes back in his cage napping just because he feels safe in it.
Hes my baby and hes sitting on the laptop with me right now. Hes caged roughly 8-6 during the week and always has a fly before i got to work. When hes out he spends all his time with or near me.
He talks and can give kisses. He is really friendly and outgoing but they are all different.
Can i ask why you want to many not just one or two ?

four because it's one for each child - and the breeder chappie said to keep them in pairs as odd numbers will lead to fighting as they sexually mature.

We've got them. A Fgreen/yellow, a Mblue/white, a Fgrey/white and a Mgrey/white spangle. The oldest is just 10 weeks, so they are young enough to learn with ease.

And, pparntly they don't breed unless you give them a nesting box. Her'es hoping.

So far, so good. Kids being very patient, lots of sitting by the cage chatting and tentative putting fingers up to the bars.

Let the finger taming commence!

I'll be at home tomorrow, so will spend time socialising them and see if we can get tehm able to accept hands in the cage.

DH conceded after a long family chat - the kids dispelled his fears through thier indepth knowledge gleaned from the library's 12 paged book called "how to look after your budgie" and youtube footage of budgies doing amazing things.

xiting. Wish me luck!

oiwheresthecoffee Wed 06-Jun-12 07:31:12

Hadnt considered the one for each child angle ! grin
Anyway pleased you have them ,there can never be too many budgie owners.
Let us know how you get on with the taming , im v interested to know how it goes taming multiple birds as ive only ever had one at a time.
I bet your dh has one on each shoulder by the end of the month.

So far, so good. they're whores for millet - so, one's keen to sit on your finger and will come out the cage and sit on your finger in return for a nibble. Two will sit in the cage and one will feed from your hand wiht one foot on.

going amazingly well - kids have got them standing on skateboards in the cage and are harbouring ideas of how to get them doing stunts...

I move the giant cage every day to a different bit of the room - hoping to let them fly free next week if they are all finger trained.

I've ordered a job lot of millet...

oiwheresthecoffee Thu 28-Jun-12 18:49:10

Aww. Mine exactly the same obsessed with millet !
Hows the free flight going ?

Am a budgie bore.

I luuuuurve them. Much more than I love my blokie, and probably at least two of my kids...

The finger training was stalled by the out of cage time - they got pretty spooked. Flying is not their strong point - or at least, aiming. So, lots of falling behind telly, settee, shelves and general trauma.

HOWEVAH - was in Lidls who were selling giant pick up sticks for the garden. 26 2 foot long wooden dowels for a tenner. So, we put some in the cage as perches and - voila, they are perch trained!

So, now the cage is open all the time and I made a sort of play gym out of an ikea tray and wedged a pyramid of the sticks in it - so they can now fly from the cage to the perch and back.

Am feeding them lots of weeds from the garden and seem to be spending a ridiculous amount of time just playing with them.

I want to take them on holiday with us...I think I've gone a bit funny.

What do you have in the way of budgies, oi? And, do you dream of avairies...?

hoodoo12345 Mon 14-Jan-13 17:27:05

We are thinking of getting a budgie soon, is it possible for a single budgie to bond with more than one person?He will be primarily my DD's but it would be nice if the whole family can all play with him too.

LetThereBeCupcakes Tue 15-Jan-13 19:43:38

I keep parakeets in an outdoor aviary - they will lay eggs in food bowls / corners etc. Just take the eggs away if you don't want babies.

I have had them indoors at times (two inside at the moment actually, as one caught a chill and now has to stay in until spring), just be aware that if they decide to bite your nose and hold on it HURTS. grin

Enjoy them. You can get some lovely toys etc on

hoodoo most birds to mate for life and I have heard of them becoming aggressive to anybody other than their "mate". Never had a problem with budgies myself though, and none of my budgie-owning-friends have either. Having said that I don't think I'd keep one on it's own - they are social creatures.

hoodoo12345 Wed 16-Jan-13 17:27:19

Thanks LetThereBeCupcakes
I don't have any issues with having two budgies other than perhaps problems hand taming them, would this be possible as i can have one thensmile

LetThereBeCupcakes Fri 18-Jan-13 09:24:15

I've been able to hand-tame budgies that live in pairs before - in fact on the rare occasions I let my birds in the aviary breed the offspring are usually very tame, too, despite living in a colony. I think if you're happy to spend the time with them it shouldn't be a problem, although many books etc say it's much harder. That hasn't been my experience, tbh.

hoodoo12345 Fri 18-Jan-13 18:44:06

I'm going to have one too then, i shall call it Bertiesmile

Somebodysomewhere Fri 25-Jan-13 21:11:12

Hoodoo it is possible. smile I am one of the above posters under a different name. Mine is so friendly to literally everyone that i think there is something missing with his survival instinct. No fear.None. Daft little bugger.

Its all down to the personality of the individual. I had a female before this one and she liked me and tolerated with some biting two other relatives. But to me she was the sweetest little thing who would preen my eyebrows.

And i second how much being bitten on the nose and holding on hurts ! I am ashamed to say when mine did that (the one and only time he has ever bitten me actually) it was so unexpected and gave me such a shock i reached up and sort of swatted him ! Then did much kissing and giving treats to apologize. He wasnt hurt or anything i should point out - just highly pissed off i think.

Although interestingly he has never done it again. Does give me a little peck if im in his way hmm sometimes but not like the first proper bite.

Italiangreyhound Tue 19-Feb-13 02:08:37

We are humming and haring about buying two budgies, any advice please?

Somebodysomewhere Wed 20-Feb-13 18:57:19

What would you like to know ? Why 2 ? Company for each other ? Or do you want a pet thats attached to you ?

Italiangreyhound Wed 20-Feb-13 19:09:37

Thanks Somebodysomewhere want them to hvae company.

Somebodysomewhere Wed 20-Feb-13 23:01:31

Well then two is fine. Its more tricky to teach them to sit on your hand and generally tame them but not too bad. Also doubtful they will talk as they have each other but not impossible either.

With one you need to be its little bundle of feathers can right now be found on my laptop interfering with my typing as we speak.They like having out of cage time and also crap everywhere grin but you get used to it.

Erm lets see. Im trying to think of things that you may not know already but since i dont know you its a little tricky, so sorry if i am stating the obvious. They can be trained to be really loving pets. Mine gives kisses and plays ball on my kitchen floor. With two birds they probably wont be quite as attached as just the one but you will still get a lot of love.

They do chew, things like shelves,wallpaper and so on. Can be little buggers if you let them !

They are loud. Other people notice, i am pretty much used to it. Mines allowed to chatter but not to sit and screech unless hes hurt or something because it scares the bejesus out of me !

They like greens like lettuce as part of their diet. Mine particularly enjoys parsley and rosemary. (And crisps, bread and pretty much anything he can nick off my plate but i dont recommended feeding any of those. I tried to teach him a lesson once by giving him an olive. Didnt work although until then i had no idea that a bird could convey disgust.)

A big one is tefal(sp?) coated pans in the kitchen - they give off fumes when cooking that can be toxic to birds so either keep it out of the kitchen and air it well or use metal pans smile Oh and they eat your flowers if you are lucky enough to be bought them so watch out for that because a fair few are poisonous to birds as well.

Italiangreyhound Wed 20-Feb-13 23:52:35

Thanks so much. am total bird novice! you cannot under estimate my knowledge!

"Mines allowed to chatter but not to sit and screech" how do you stop it!!! screeching?

Italiangreyhound Thu 21-Feb-13 00:13:16

PS DD wants a dog and we had a hamster, we can't really have a dog so want a fun, not too much work, socialble pet. Would a bird fit the 'excuse the pun) bill!?

Somebodysomewhere Thu 21-Feb-13 12:15:17

Weell. They can be a lot of work too. Any messy what with the seed and crapping everywhere. How old is your DD ? By work i mean attention really and since you want two they would need less attention from you. Which is a plus. If DD is old enough you can have them following her everywhere instead of you wink.

The screeching ? I Turn around and yell "shut up " I wouldnt recommend this for timid birds though. Plus it doesnt work. Mine knows i am playing ! Usually he wants attention so i give it to him. smile Then i follow by giving him something to distract him.

He doesnt do it very often actually. I found and this may be just this bird, but now he talks he sits and sort of mumbles to himself rather than chirping and screeching like when he was little.

Italiangreyhound Thu 21-Feb-13 20:50:59

Thanks, she is 8.

Somebodysomewhere Thu 21-Feb-13 23:00:18

Think you will be alright to have them following her around then. Do you have any books on training ? I found this one to be very good.

If your DD is involved with the training they should go to her and follow her as well as you smile Or if they are like mine they will follow anyone who feeds them.

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