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.
I’ve had Oscar for almost a year now. He came from a local pet store. From what information I managed to track down he was about two years old when I got him, so that would make him roughly three now.
He was always a stand-offish budgie. You know, “Look but don’t touch!”. I put this down to his age and I also didn’t know how long he’d been in the pet shop. He will, however, get on my finger to come in and out of the cage, and sometimes will sit on your shoulder and have a little natter.
(Oscar with his best buddy, Bailey)
He gets along okay with the other five budgies, but immediately took to my little pipsqueak – Bailey. They bonded straight away and are always feeding and preening each other. This looks hilarious as Oscar is my biggest budgie and Bailey is a tiny little runt! I call them Little and Large! Oscar has his own nickname, though. I call him Fluff. You can see why! He never did anything much, preferring to just sit and watch the others play. Until just recently when he decided that it looked FUN to come down and play! It’s nice to see!
He hasn’t really got a favourite food, apart from millet which they all love! Oh, and just a couple of other things – he waddles like a duck when he walks and it looks really funny, and he has just learned to wolf-whistle!
These little cuties live in North Carolina with Susan.
Oscar and Ellie came from Craig’s list and looked terrible when I got them. Ellie and Oscar were bonded – but now she is in LOVE with Tucker (but sometimes I will see her snuggling up to Oscar).
Ellie: Her favorite treat is carrots and sweet potato (I hang them from a kabob and she eats and shreds them). Her favorite toy is anything she can shred.
Oscar: His favorite treat is Lafeber’s Avi-cakes. He loves all toys, the kind that spin, bells and mirrors. I think he is VERY intelligent. He will not step-up, but all I have to do is say, “Oscar go in” and he flies right into the cage. He isn’t scared of me or anything – he just doesn’t give in. He hates Gracie (the family cockatiel).
Tucker: His favorite treat is millet and his favorite toy… hmmmm… he just loves Ellie.