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