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Budgie Parakeet Pre-Adoption Questionnaire

We handle our budgie parakeets daily, even from the nest box.

If you are interested in adopting one (or more) of our budgie parakeets, please fill out the following questionnaire. Don’t worry about answering all of the questions “correctly” because I’d be very happy to discuss any questions you may have. View this as a conversation starter so that together, we can ensure that your feathered friend enjoys a long, healthy life with you and your family.

Adoption Procedure For BABY Budgie Parakeets:

PLEASE NOTE: Our specialized breeding program is on hold until further notice. When we moved to a new home, we retired our breeding pairs. I will need to replace them – and I’m extremely picky about pair selection. In the meantime, my family and I are taking a break from the round-the-clock care that raising baby budgies require. To keep an eye out for future updates to our flock status:
* Bookmark this webpage and check back periodically
* Like my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Puppies-Are-Prozac-Chicks-Are-Chocolate-274291365916519/
* Or send me an email so I can contact you once we’re raising baby budgies again.
Thanks for your patience.

  1. Respond to the pre-adoption questionnaire (scroll down, below).
  2. Email your responses to: Jen @ puppies are prozac . com (remove all spaces in the address first).
  3. Upon approval of your questionnaire responses, I will add your name to the waiting list.
  4. Once your name is up on our waiting list and we have 3 to 4 week old chicks, I will notify you and request a non-refundable deposit ($15 per budgie baby) that will apply towards your final purchase. I will post photos and descriptions for your online viewing of each chick’s type, color, mutations, and gender. Chick selections will be honored in the order of the date each person was initially added to our waiting list. If we don’t have what you want in that specific round, you can “skip” and make your selection from the next round of chicks instead.
  5. While waiting for your “Budgie Stork” to arrive, please read our care instruction page. Also take a look at the cages, foods, and supplies we offer just for our adopters!
  6. Most budgie parakeets are weaned and ready to move to new homes when they are 7-8 weeks of age. Sorry, no shipping. Pick up is in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Adoption Procedure For ADULT Budgie Parakeets:

PLEASE NOTE: Our specialized breeding program is on hold until further notice. When we moved to a new home, we retired our breeding pairs. I will need to replace them – and I’m extremely picky about pair selection. In the meantime, my family and I are taking a break from the round-the-clock care that raising baby budgies require. To keep an eye out for future updates to our flock status:
* Bookmark this webpage and check back periodically
* Like my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Puppies-Are-Prozac-Chicks-Are-Chocolate-274291365916519/
* Or send me an email so I can contact you once we’re raising baby budgies again.
Thanks for your patience.

  1. Respond to our pre-adoption questionnaire (scroll down, below). If applicable, indicate the name of the budgie you want to adopt.
  2. Email your responses to: Jen @ puppies are prozac . com (remove all spaces in the address first).
  3. While waiting for your pick up appointment, please read our care instruction page. Also take a look at the cages and supplies we offer just for our adopters!

Pre-Adoption Questionnaire:

Instructions: Please copy and paste the following questions into the body of an email message. Respond to the questions in your email, then send to me at Jen @ Puppies Are Prozac .com (remove all spaces in address first).

Name:

Email:

Phone:

City and State:

(Note: We don’t ship our birds — you must pick up in Fort Collins)

Indicate your preferences below:

How many?

(Note: A solo budgie is a depressed budgie. So unless you can spend hours every day keeping one bird company then I HIGHLY RECOMMEND MORE THAN ONE. Some people worry that if they keep more than one budgie, the birds won’t bond with them. But consider this: wild budgies are social flock animals who live in large communities — they have lots of friends! As long as you spend ample time with them, they will consider you a part of their flock family and bond with you as well. Two or more budgies can come out of their cage and play with you, then keep each other company when they have to go back ‘home’ to their cage. And watching budgies interact with one another is VERY entertaining — it’s one of the highlights of budgie keeping! Without exception (that I can recall), everyone who has adopted one budgie has soon come to the conclusion that two would have been better.)

Baby or adult or first available?

(Note: If applicable, indicate the name of the adult budgie you want to adopt.)

Does the budgie need to be hand-fed or tame already?

Male or female?

(Note: You can read about gender behavioral differences on my FAQ page. I do my best to identify the gender of the babies — and I’m usually correct — but since the physical signs are subtle when they’re young, sometimes it can be difficult to make an accurate assessment. Therefore, I make no gender guarantees with babies. If this is worrisome to you, you may want to choose an adult rather than a baby.)

American, English, or split (50% mix) variety?

(Note: See our FAQ page  for variety descriptions, photos and comparisons.)

Favorite colors and mutations?

(Note: View the colors and mutations we currently breed on Our Flock page.)

How (or where) did you learn about our budgie parakeets?

Are you 18 years or older?

(Note: If not, I will need your legal guardian’s permission.)

Is this budgie parakeet(s) intended for children under age 18? If yes, how old are your children?

Who will be responsible for daily cage cleaning? Daily feeding? Daily play time, love and attention? Who will purchase the cage, toys and food? Pay for veterinary care if needed?

Are you willing to stop using products inside your home that are known to be toxic to birds? See list below!

(Note: Many fumes that would not be deadly to humans and larger pets, such as cats and dogs, can kill a bird within minutes because of their sensitive respiratory system. Toxic items include: Teflon, non-stick cookware and appliances, and other items known to contain Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), perfumes, scented candles, aerosol products (such as cleansers and hairspray), deodorizers, cigarettes, insecticides, ammonia, bleach, oven cleaner, glues, nail polish and remover, paint, space heaters, automatic oven cleaning functions, new carpet, new construction materials. This list is not all inclusive — please supplement this list with your own research.)

Do you have any other pet birds at this time?

(Note: If yes, what species and from where did you obtain them? If no, are you new to pet birds?)

What other types of pets do you have?

If for some unknown reason you could no longer keep the budgie parakeet(s), where would the bird(s) go?

Do you plan to breed your budgie parakeet(s)?

(Note: If you are a breeder, what are your goals and how can I help you reach your goals?)

What type of cage will you use? What are the dimensions (H x W x L)? How far apart are the bars spaced?

(Note: Please read our care information page for recommended cage specifications. Also, take a look at the bird cages and supplies we offer our adopters.)

Where do you intend to keep your bird’s cage?

Do you plan to keep your bird(s) flighted or to clip their flight feathers?

(Note: I’m happy to discuss the pros and cons of each option with you.)

Budgie parakeets are like curious, young children. They love to play and explore. Please describe how you plan to keep your bird(s) safe whenever they spend time outside of their cage.

Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share?

Do you have any questions you’d like to ask?

—- End of Questionnaire —

More Budgie Parakeet Pages:

Nutrition and Food Recommendations: Birds fed seed-only diets have a much shorter life span. We provide lists of healthy foods and show you how to grow your own sprouts.

Colors, Varieties, Mutations, Genetics: Budgie Parakeets come in a rainbow of colors. This page has beautiful photos with variety and mutation descriptions.

How To Care For Your Budgie Parakeet: What is the best cage and how should I set it up? How do I keep my budgie healthy and safe? What are the best toys and playtime activities? How do I trim their wing feathers?

FAQ (frequently asked questions): What is a budgie parakeet’s personality like? What are the differences between American parakeets and English budgies? How do you tell a male from a female? Should you keep one, two or more? How long do they live? Where did the species originate?

Training, Tricks, Talking: A step-by-step guide for finger-training, trust-building, and bonding. Watch informative and entertaining video demonstrations. Find out how many words they can learn to say.

Play gyms, Stands and Perches: How to make your own (or order a custom one from us).

Homemade Aviaries and Flight Cages: How to converted used furniture into large flight cages and beautiful indoor aviaries.

Parakeet Food and Supplies Market: We offer organic, homemade bird food plus other essential bird supplies.

Budgie Parakeet Breeder in Colorado: Our family raises, hand-feeds, trains and adores budgie parakeets! Learn more about our selective breeding program and view our gorgeous, tame birds.

Inside Our Aviary: See where our birds live — flight enclosures, breeding room, play gyms.

Our Flock of Budgie Parakeets: Take a peek at our gorgeous feathered friends. Lots of photos with color mutations listed!

Adorable Pictures of Our Hand-fed Babies: Come ooh and aahh over all the cuteness and watch them grow up!

Pre-Adoption Questionnaire: If you are interested in adopting one (or more) of our parakeets, please respond to these questions.

Budgie Baby Waiting List: I know how hard it is to wait when you’re excited but I promise you, the wait is worth it!

14 comments… add one

  • stacie packard

    Do you have any young budgies available Now? We recently lost our 8 year old parakeet and the one we have left is very lonely. we are great pet owners and would be thrilled if you had a friend available for him!

  • @ Stacie Packard: Sorry to hear about the loss of your parakeet. Please send us your pre-adoption questionnaire so we can add you to our waiting list. Or check our Budgies For Sale page to see what we have available now.

  • PEGGY BALLANTYNE

    We live in Austin Tx, but I have sister that lives in Denver. We have 5 parakeets, including one English budgie. He is so much calmer and docile than the others.
    I am looking for another English budgie friend for him. I am planning a trip to visit my sister the first week of April. Any chance you may have an English Budgie available at that time? Your parakeets sound so loved and wonderful. My son will be with me and he is interested in seeing the college in Fort Collins,although college is three years off.
    Thanks Peggy

  • I bought 2 parakeets from Petsmart and I have tried everything to get them to come out of their cage but they are so scared they want nothing to do with it. Both birds will sit on my finger in cage.

    My question is if I get a tame parakeet will it teach the other 2 to be tame too? I love them they are so cute and my Rags has such personality. Poor Ollie worries a lot and hasn’t played much. They are scared of toys in their cage or any other food then their seed.

    Want them to have the best life possible. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you
    Tara

  • Andrea

    I am looking for a breeder in my area for an American x English Budgie cross. I live in central Minnesota and have been having trouble finding one, and thought you might know someone?

    Let me tell you a little of my bird history. I got my first parakeet at the age of 5 and named him Clara Bell. He was a beautiful blue parakeet and very athletic. It took a long time to tame him, but eventually became a wonderful pet, his cage door was always open, and he was always out with the family. He died when I was in high school and that was when I got my second bird, Sunny. He was a big bright yellow bird, and very tame from the beginning. My mother thought he must be sick, but he went on to live 6 years. Looking back I am convinced he was an English budgie, or at least a cross. While Clara was very athletic and would fly laps around the house, Sunny would loose altitude flying down the hallway.

    This spring someone brought a female parakeet into my husband’s vet office. She had been found flying around someone’s garage and missing all of her tail feathers. Having all the equipment, I took her in and fattened her up and started working with her. She can now step-up, but sill bites when afraid. I recently found her forever home, but it made me realize how much I miss having a bird.

    I am a stay-at-home mom and can devote lots of time to a bird. I plan on having him have free-range of the house like my previous birds and making him a true member of the family. I am thinking of maybe even getting two males and would prefer them to be hand raised. I really do not want to stress a bird out and have them shipped.

    • I don’t know of a Minnesota breeder. I’d suggest asking your local avian veterinarian(s) for a referral. Good luck!

  • Ellen Buras

    Do you have any tame English Parakeets for sale or adoption?

  • Gail Miller

    I am right in assuming there are no baby buddies until the new aviary is built?
    Sincerely, Gail (if so do you.know.any other reputable.breeders nearby)

  • Robert E Byrd

    My wife and I are in our mid 70’s and raising our adopted granddaughter who is 10 years old. She loves all creatures and is restricted by our landlord from keeping a wide variety of pets. She relates well with the parakeets that her cousins have and would like to have one or two tamed parakeets. Melody has shown that she is deeply interested animals and birds and was made responsible for caring for the small animals at her school. She researched the proper caring of the animals on-line on her own. We believe that with our guidance she would be an excellent fit for your program of adoption. It looks like we have a lot to learn, but would like to come by your special adoption center so Melody could experience the parakeets first hand to start with. Does this sound like a reasonable way to approach an adoption possibility? Before Melody we had a cat that lived to be over 20 years old.

  • Lisa Beller

    Hi! We would love to know when you start to breed again. Thanks!

  • Ann Rappaport

    I purchased the seed & herb mixes sold here for my 2 parakeets that I got from a private bird speciality store. Neither was hand reared but the boy, Tika, was partially tame. After a learning period they now very much enjoy the fresh sprouted seeds. The girl, Scarlet, loves the herb mix so much so she’d eat it over seeds, so limiting it is important. She was not at all tame & fairly scared at first. Getting her settled in and accustomed to me tending the cages took time.
    I’m posting here to encourage people to feed high quality foods to these little creatures. Mine still love commercial seed mixes, it’s bird junk food I guess. I do give them some infrequently as they have to eat it when at the store being boarded while we travel. These parakeets bring such joy, it would break my heart to have one pass early from poor diet. I’m hoping to have them for years to come.
    I had wanted the second bird to be a boy. This shop has you bring your bird in so that the bird(s) your interested in can be put with yours to see if they get along. Turns out my Tika is a bit of a bully pushing the younger ones around endlessly. Next we tried a bird his age (that no one had purchased) instantly Tika was on his best behavior. That bird is now our Scarlet and I have a bonded pair, sometimes you can’t control everything. At times Tika is pushy with Scarlet but she returns the attitude and he retreats to his cage asap! They have all types of climbing gyms to play on, a large flight cage and also separate smaller cages for nighttime where they sleep covered in a quiet room 10-12 hours a night.
    If they nest/breed I know they are getting sound nutrition from all the helpful information I’ve found on this site. Whether I want to be a “full time mommy” for 4 months is a whole different question!

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