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  Twosome is more fun! Round about the 1960s the triumphant move-in of the budgies as pets in German homes began. But Pucki, Hansi and Peterle - those were the most popular names of the cute and funny housemates at that time - virtually struggled for a miserable existence at most bird keepers' homes judged by today's state of knowledge regarding bird care which is appropriate to the species. Nearly no budgie was granted to spend their life with a fellow bird. The animals were accepted as family members and in most cases far too much humanised, due in great part to their in some cases extraordinary talent to imitate human speech.

Niobe wants do be fed by Liriel Up to the 1980s almost every budgerigar-book said the birds could be kept alone, with a mirror and a plastic bird if you didn't have time to play with them. These views are today not only seen as totally outdated but appear even cruel, as it is known meanwhile that mirrors and plastic birds actually are the cause for some diseases, because of which they are banned as adverse to animal welfare here in Germany.

Flirting budgies Regrettably it still did not get around to every bird keeper, that solitary keeping of budgies and other parrots is not appropriate to the species and therefore not suitable. Moreover, many people who have only one budgie react hackled up or irritated if you try to point out that drawback. "My bird does not suffer, he is fine!" - This is probably the most common reply in this context.

But does that really correspond with reality if you look at the circumstances in which a solitary bird lives in an objective way and without reservations, verifying if those parakeets are leading a life appropriate to the species? This question is not easy to answer. Please read the chapter "What does species-appropriate budgie keeping mean?".

Link tip: Please watch the Video against solitary keeping made by It is available on Youtube External link.

German version of this text: Gaby Schulemann-Maier,
English translation of this chapter: Tanni

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