Meet Perri Blue! Perri Blue (on the right) lives in North Carolina with Susan, budgies Ellie, Oscar and Tucker, and cockatiels Gracie and Jo Jo.(left to right: Tucker, Perri Blue, Ellie and Oscar)
I kept hinting to my husband that we needed to get a mate for Oscar because he seemed lonely to me. He is in love with our cockatiel Jo Jo but she does not feel the same at all. After going away for 2 nights and my husband caring for the birds, he said, “Oscar needs mate he is lonely.” I tried to get a budgie from http://bird.rescueme.org/NorthCarolina but at that time there were no budgies listed. As far as I am concerned anything from Craig’s list is a rescue. I found a lady who was selling budgies for $10. (HOW SAD) I made the call and went to pick up my budgie. Much to my surprise the cage she was in with her mother, father, and 2 siblings was very large and nice. They were all very healthy. BUT Perri Blue’s wings had been clipped and she kept falling to the floor where a CAT sat waiting to pounce. The lady was not at all concerned about it. She also told me they cover them sometimes when they are watching TV because they are too loud. (budgie sounds are music to my ears) She did not seem at all concerned that the budgie would get a good home.Perri Blue now lives with Oscar, Ellie, and Tucker. She is in love with Oscar and follows him everywhere. Oscar likes her most of time but you can tell his heart is still with Jo Jo (the cockatiel) From the beginning Ellie was not happy about another female and she was not very nice to little Perri Blue. Now Perri Blue is the largest budgie in the flock and the most dominant too. It’s a soap opera for sure. We recently bought the new extra-large cage and everyone seems to be much happier. I have 4 of the exact same swing and they all pick one to sleep on at night. I play the same CD at bedtime and as soon as they hear the music they start winding down and find their swing. When Jo Jo hears the music she starts hissing at me because she doesn’t like to go to bed.
Puck standing proudly in the pet grass, being worshiped by some besotted human.On Feb 20th, 2013 an individual then known as QA2 suddenly noticed he was stuck inside an eggshell that was getting tighter by the minute; with the determination that was to characterize his future personality, he heaved back and smashed that shell to smithereens. Two months later he came to live in Muncie, IN, was rechristened PUCK, and proceeded to rule.
Budgie pride. Like every modern budgie, he has computer skills.Puck has his own account at Amazon, where he orders his favorite millet sprays and stone ground oats from the human part of the store.He is madly in love with a certain plastic penguin-on-wheels named Rosina, and takes care to bap her on the head first thing every morning. After a month here, he said his first words, “My name is Puck.” Apparently, he had been paying close attention. His repertoire is extensive now, half what his human has taught him, half what he decided to imitate on his own. Imagine her surprise when he said, “Are you serious?” for the first time! The sound he imitates best is the rattle of a loose glass flower on his personal venetian mirror.
Puck doing what budgies do, at his play station. Note venetian mirror.
Puck has done much to forward the well-being of budgies everywhere; since he has come to live here, he has met dozens of people who never had seen a bird living indoors as a pet, and in all modesty, he would have to admit he has made some conquests and conversions. His human ruefully notes guests, best friends even, often rush to greet Puck before they take off their hats and greet her! It’s that unbeatable combo of looks, charm, ace flying skills and sparkling conversation. He has also inspired considerable art* and poetry; his human speaks to him in nonsense rhymes, such as: You are a yankee doodle and chicken noodle. May the earth open and swallow her if he didn’t come out with “I am a Yankee Doodle” on the 4th of July this year!
Puck sitting on his Auntie Cathie’s nose. I love his composure.
In addition to being a genius and budgie ambassador to the world, Puck is extremely helpful around the house; his favorite sound is the roar of the vacuum cleaner, so he voluntarily assists with that chore several times a day, since millet shows up all too well on a burgundy carpet. He loves running water and attends his human at dishwashing and shower time. Loves to help cleaning the kitchen floor because not only can he play with his human’s toes, he gets to eat the millet she pops out from between the tiles- if he’s fast enough. For some reason he doesn’t understand, she doesn’t approve of that practice.
The day Puck discovered he was a Hoosier.
* Portrait of Puck painted by painted by Anyes Kadowaki Busby.
Puck’s days are busy, attending to his chores and duties, but in the evening he likes to cuddle up on his human’s chest, right over her heart. He thinks he’s a tough guy, but she thinks he is her darling budgie, her sweet Puck, and the light of her days!
Meet Bullet!Bullet lives with Des in Florida. You can see more of Bullet’s photos on Des’s Deviant Art page.Bullet likes her spinny bells. She likes to get in between them. She also has jacks she throws and balls she pushes around. She’s very aggressive with her toys and likes to fight with them.I raised Bullet from a baby and took one photo everyday of her life for about 25 days to log her growth. I had no idea that was having an effect on her. The effect was she LOVES my camera and is very jealous and protective of it.She doesn’t like me taking pics of other birds or things. She does everything she can to be in front of the camera. I was taking pics of the Halloween decor next to her cage and she jumped on me and bit me. So funny as she wanted pics of her only. She’s a white lacewing not an albino. You can see the tan markings on her wings, beard and tail in some photos. She’s very feisty and a high maintenance budgie. But I love her and she’s a lot of fun. There are some videos of her on you YouTube too. My name there is Thagirion9.
Meet Robin!Robin lives in Virginia with Alexa. Robin was an escapee who was rescued by a new family in a city park. He was scared and tired when he first came home, trying to hide in a cardboard box for the car ride. Here he is exploring the car when we first found him – gotta have the first day picture!He’s a playful chatterbox. He hasn’t learned any words, but he does love to sing and play. He’s gotten a bit more comfortable with my hand in the cage. He won’t step up yet, but he does let me slowly move my finger toward him and pet his tail or his belly He also doesn’t mind me touching his feet, so stepping up may be just around the corner. Since he won’t come out of the cage yet, I move his home around so he can sit with me in different areas while I’m working in different areas of the house. Hence he is on a chair in this picture.
His favorite tricks are chasing his tail and doing somersaults around his perch.He now has two little birdie friends, Nymeria and Arya the finches. They don’t usually live in the same room, but sometimes they see each other and have chirping conversations : ).He loves going outside when the weather is nice! He chirps away and watches the outdoor birds.
He also loves a good preening session, and his grapevine perch!
Meet Bert and Ernie!Bert and Ernie live in Minnesota with Karon.At the window, their favorite spot to sit and these cute little faces greet me everyday when I get home from work. Ernie sitting by the door in the morning, he is always the first one out of the cage.Bert by the bells-his favorite napping spot. Preening on the top of the cage after our Sunday bath, just to make sure the feathers go everywhere! Ernie chewing the shoelace on the cage, for a boy he loves to chew on things! These two would be lost without each other! They make me laugh everyday and for as messy as they are, they give us 10 times the joy.
Meet Tweety Girl and Player!These cuties live with Selena in Indiana.Tweety Girl loves being on her swing all the time (and biting her mommy). Player is shy at trying things out. He loves their toys and to bob his head and chirp. They’ve been together almost a year (November 18th). Player loves Tweety Girl and she loves him.
Meet Bubbles!Bubbles lives in the United Kingdom with Sarah.His favorite toy at the moment is a multi-perch and his favorite activity is sleeping, if not dancing or eating.Bubbles is the most clumsiest, funny, cheeky little boy ever!
Meet Celeste and Cyan! Named after two shades of blue, these little cuties live in Central Louisiana, United States, with Kamryn and her family.Celeste and Cyan are two spontaneous parakeets, about 6-7 months old. Too young to tell their exact gender, everyone just assumes Cyan is male and Celeste is female.They have only lived with Kamryn and her family for a few weeks, but are extremely friendly and love to perch on anyone and everyone’s head and shoulders. They then proceed to poop on them. House training is a work in progress.
Sadly their wings have to stay clipped because of the size of the house, but they love to flutter around. Especially in front of the window when Milo (their kitty sister that also likes to perch) is locked outside.Their favorite thing to do is perch on Kamryn’s shoulder, snuggle up to her neck, and very loudly “kiss” right by her ear while she is trying to watch a movie.Sometimes Kamryn will take photos of that and add captions, or doodles to them.
Their favorite snack is millet, and the container their vegetables are in.
They have a play gym but all they do is sit next to each other and chirp, like they do everywhere else. Unless the swing is involved. Swings before love.
Meet Bubba!Bubba lives with Andrea.I’m a sleek, twitchy and spoiled bird, my favorite food is millet and for 2 months after coming home I refused to eat anything else. Then I got a friend! A little green and yellow guy came to live with me and I became so happy!!! I made silly chirping sounds and we immediately became attached. I also started eating more than just millet and I like to show my little brother around.My favorite toy is a rope hanging from a coconut that I like to preen, and I love to sleep on the highest perch or sometimes the cuttlebone.
Meet Fred!Fred lives in the UK with Jenny and her family. Despite being touted as ‘hand raised’, Fred was pretty scared when he came. I think it’s just his natural disposition. Everything new is worthy of a corn dog pose: standing straight up like he’s got a poker in his bum. But he’s learning to trust me and is finding his bravery.He loves his kids. And singing with a YouTube budgie called Banco.Seeds are his passion, lol. At the moment, Fred is refusing to eat his veggies and fruits.And his mash, as well.(Michelle: I’m sure with persistence, he’ll come around. Who could resist that lovely homemade mash?)Fred still doesn’t play with his toys, but he will happily stand on his daisy perch and watch the world go by through the window.I wouldn’t say he’s a contented budgie, but life is starting to be more interesting, and he’s becoming more curious than scared as the days go by. I think Fred has done very well for only being here a month.