Did you grow up with an aviary at the bottom of your garden? Did your father have finches and canaries? What was your pet budgie called?

In 1845 Queen Victoria was given a pair of budgies, and people have been keeping and breeding them as a popular hobby ever since. They commonly have blue, yellow and green, or grey feathers, and have a lifespan of 10-15 years – making them excellent companions.

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Members of the Spring Chicken community are sharing their childhood memories of the birds:

“We always had a budgie! It used to fly around the room, chew the newspaper we were holding, and poo on the table!”

“During the 50’s, my dad had two massive aviaries in our backyard. My brother left the door open and they all rushed out. Dad was not best pleased.”

Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) (31377315115)
“I loved Mickey Mac. He was a lovely bird and a great talker. When he died, the carpenter at my dad’s work made a little coffin for him. A local councillor died, and the flag was flown at half-mast… But all the workmen said it was for Mickey Mac. They observed a moment of silence!”

We think that they were the perfect choice of pet – their whistling certainly brightened the home. Budgies are easy to care for, playful, and can talk for England (particularly the males). However, as with some Spring Chicken Facebook followers, sometimes you could end up with a little more than you bargained for:

“My younger brother ended up with 159 budgies, after starting initially with two breeding pairs.”

“My dad bought me two. They had young, so he built me some aviaries. My two budgies turned into dozens and a complete range of colours. I used to sell them for 5 bob each, or 7 for a pair.”

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