Hand reared budgies are well worth the extra cost (it's a lot of work to hand rear a baby budgie), and the relationship between you and your newly adopted hand-reared baby budgie can be formed in a day--budgie sits on your finger or your shoulder and you talk to him/her about the state of the world, finance or sport, and he/she listens attentively. Because you are not having to chase the budgie around the cage to try to get him/her to come out the budgie is not stressed, and is happy to come out for that fly or to sit on your shoulder. However, if it is a hand-reared budgie chances are one of the wings has been clipped to prevent the budgie from flying away and to allow the relationship to develop. Don't worry about the clipped wing, it is the removal of the flight feathers which will grown back, but by the time they grow back the relationship with the budgie is fully cemented and he/she will not want to fly away. Plus, when a budgie is introduced to a new home they don't see windows and glass doors, they just see the outside world and the next room and will fly straight into those windows and glass doors. It is better that they wings are clipped and he/she is unable to build up such a 'head of steam' that he/she will fly into the glass and injure of kill himself/herself. That would be a tragedy, so even though you may be against wing clipping, it is for their own safety. Our young budgie Oscar has flow into doors, walls and floors, that clipped wing is like a pilot losing all aileron control on his single engine plane, making straight flight a difficult prospect. Fact is Oscar crash-lands every time! But he seems okay because he walks away from every crash landing with a small squawk that almost says "sheesh, that was embarrassing".
We bought our budgie and supplies from our local pet store, and are getting to know the shop owner well, she buys the budgies as babies and hand rears them, which means that not only are they used to human contact, and will step onto your finger and sit on your shoulder happily, but the shop owner also gets to know their personalities. I didn't even know that budgies could have different personalities, but there you have it, they do! The benefit of a shop owner who knows the baby budgie's personalities is she can match them to the potential buyer. Such shop owners are a rare find indeed!
Maybe you can't have your budgie out all day, though some people do, flying around the house, but make sure you do spend some quality time with your budgie, getting him or her out for a bit of a fly, perhaps while you are watching televisions, doing homework, or reading a book. And during the day put them somewhere in the house where there is activity and people and something for them to watch. Don't leave the cage in your bedroom all day with the lace curtains pulled across and no one coming in and out to say hello. They are very social creatures.
In a follow up issue I will cover: how to introduce you new budgie to your older budgie.
There are many pets that you could choose, but it is important that you choose a pet that is right for you, one that you feel an affinity with. For us, it's kittens and budgies!