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So far I have owned pets that were reptiles, amphibians, large and small mammals, fish, and invertebrates, but never before have I owned a bird... until now! That past couple months I took a huge interest in parrots and started thinking about possible getting a pet parrot of my own constantly. I already had a huge cage with the proper shape and bar spacing left over from my days of keeping pet rats, so I started researching like mad. Because I live in an apartment and share a wall with a neighbor I knew a really loud/large bird was out of the question. I started bouncing around between lovebirds, parrotlets, and budgies. At first I thought I wouldn't go for a budgie because they are so common and for some reason I thought all budgies were nervous and distrustful of humans. Then I really started thinking about it... about how out of all the fish available for pets I decided to keep goldfish. Goldfish are really common and totally under appreciated... and I decided the same thing applied to budgies as well. So I kept my eye on local adds and rescue groups because I didn't want to buy a bird from a big chain pet store. Then yesterday I found the add for the bird that would become my new obsession So please let me introduce Shiro, the albino male budgie! He's roughly 1.5 years old, maybe a bit older, and he has been living his whole life in a little 12"x12" cage with little interaction and no exercise Now he's been home with me for only about 30 hours and he's already doing so so well. He's an incredibly trusting little bird who already manages to step up on my finger. He's been able to explore a budgie-proof room already (on his own time--I don't force him to do anything he doesn't want to) and he has already gotten the hang of flying inside his room and allowing me to return him to his cage when it's time to go back. My next concerns are getting his diet sorted out... he has been eating a Walmart brand of seeds intended for outdoor wild bird feeders. But in the mean time I think he's having a good time and I'm sure we'll become best friends soon