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Budgerigar, Daphne & Sydney & Penny, Submitted By Hannah Prosch, Minnesota

The abounding budgie.

Posted: March 19, 2009, 6:15 p.m. EDT

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Photos Courtesy of Hannah Prosch
I adopted Sydney a year ago.

budgerigar, budgie daphne
Daphne has been with me for nearly four years.
budgerigar, budgie penny
Penny was adopted at the same time as Sydney.

Ever since I was very young, I have been fascinated with small items: toy cars, books, figurines and other things. It seems only natural that I would like small birds as well. I adopted my first budgerigar when I was 7 years old. For the past decade, there has always been at least one of these wonderful birds in our home.

Currently, we have three budgies named Daphne, Sydney and Penny. Daphne was given to me by a friend nearly four years ago because Daphne was getting picked on by her other bird. I adopted Sydney and Penny about a year ago from a family who purchased them for their 3-year-old son. Unfortunately, they were given up when the young boy developed severe allergies.

They are sweet, friendly, interactive and playful. Even though none of them were hand-fed or even handled when they were young, they all have learned to step up, sit on my shoulder and play outside of the cage without getting into too much mischief! They look forward to coming out to play on their gym every morning, and they are starting to enjoy foraging opportunities.

I wish more people would realize how wonderful these zealous little creatures are. It is depressing how easily people give up these amazing birds — they are considered by many a starter bird or disposable pet. Just because they are small does not mean they aren’t as special as larger birds or other animals! After all, budgies are parrots, too.

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I agree that budgies are great pets. I am currently bird-sitting for one and am considering one for myself.
Elaine, Darien, IL
Posted: 6/28/2010 2:36:19 PM
Great story! I have a very sweet budgie, I've had him four months now! I know it doesn't sound long, but we are already very good friends!
Chloe, Broken Arrow, OK
Posted: 5/15/2010 6:43:17 AM
Hi Hannah,

I agree Budgies are wonderful birds! They are my favorite of all parrots. I currently own 2 Budgies that are hand tame.
Nick, Sydney, Australia
Posted: 4/16/2010 11:35:38 PM
I completely agree. People care for budgies like they would a goldfish because they are so small. Really they should be treated with just as much love and respect as larger parrots.
mackenzie, chicago, IL
Posted: 4/13/2010 5:23:39 PM
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