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Choosing a Budgie

As with any pet, you need to do your research before buying. The first investigations are more to do with you than the bird itself. Why do you want the bird? Who will look after it, clean it, and talk to it? Have you kept a pet bird before? Do you have a suitable location for it, away from direct sunlight, draughts and steamy kitchens?

Once you’ve sorted this out, you can start thinking about the bird itself. Read a good guide (you’re reading the best one right now, so that’s a good start!), and, if you can, talk to other owners or breeders first, in person or in online forums. Build up a bit of expertise before choosing your pet.

When making your choice, don’t be dazzled by colour. It’s all too easy to find one particular budgie more attractive than the others based on its plumage, but there are far more important things to base your choice on, including age, personality and gender. A bird with the ‘perfect plumage’ who happens to be old, shy and female, isn’t going to be that extrovert, talkative, adaptable bird you were hoping for.

Hen budgie in a cage
A light green hen budgie

Read the following paragraphs on choosing a baby budgie, check out the budgie keeping section below, and make sure you have everything ready for the arrival of your birds.

Customer Images

a small white and grey budgie stood on its owners hand
Two white budgies sitting on a post inside a cage


Sandrea, 3 September 2021

Very dangerous to keep a bird in the kitchen it can be poisoned by fumes Never ever put your bird in there it will surely die and is stupid also never spray air fresheners in any bird rooms it’s poisonous to birds

Nigel, 28 May 2021

Leave them out of the kitchen, because grease and oils in the air can be harmful.

Sandra, 17 May 2021

Hi! I was just reading the question if there is a place for the parakeet away from a busy kitchen... Why away from a busy kitchen? Just curious to know... Thank you!

Essam, 29 March 2021

For the sake of loving birds, they love a company of there kind, always let them out of there cage, let them feel there freely life, even when they in your home, So they can feel happy and live longer.