Thursday, January 3, 2013

Don't Underestimate Budgies

by Michelle Yesney
When most people think of pet birds, they think of budgies (parakeets in the U.S.). The smallest hookbills, 30 grams and about 4 inches long. The first pet of dozens of children. What they usually remember is one forlorn little bird in a small cage with a swing, a cuttle bone, a small dish of gravel, and a couple of dowel perches. He lived on a seed diet (Hartz Mountain, bought at the grocery store), with (maybe) an occasional small dish of “treat” (yellowish powder with a few seeds in it).   

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