Most kids are fascinated with birds. If this true of your child, you might want to consider getting a pet bird. Before making a trip to the local pet store and buying the first bird you see, you’ll need to do a little research among the different pet bird species. While some are suitable for children, many aren’t. one of the best birds for kids is the parakeet, or budgie.
Parakeets are small birds, usually measuring about eight inches in overall length. Pet bird breeders have done a lot of work with feather colors, so budgies can be found in just about any color imaginable.
These little guys are very active and playful, and they’re fun to watch. Most don’t seem to mind being handled, especially when they’ve interacted with humans since hatching. Even those that weren’t trained as babies, however, generally take readily to finger training.
Budgies are surprisingly intelligent. Of course, they’re known for their singing ability, but they can also be trained to talk. Some budgies are able to learn scores of words.
A budgie can form a close relationship with its human handler, especially if it’s an only bird. Once other birds are introduced, the budgie often prefers their company to humans.
Another reason a budgie is a good choice for kids or for first-time bird owners of any age is because they’re relatively easy to care for. Since they’re small, they don’t need huge cages, although the bird will need to be released from its cage for an hour or two everyday for some exercise.
Budgies are cheap to feed, too. A good commercial bird seed should be the basis of the pet’s food, but it needs to be supplemented with fresh vegetables and fruit. A good rule of thumb is to place a fruit or veggie in the cage every other day and to leave it for just a few hours.