Our New Budgies

by Deb on June 25, 2010

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Having a Pet

A pet is a wonderful way for kids to learn about animals and ecology.  No matter what sort of pet you have children of all ages can be involved in watching them, interacting with them and older kids can care for them.  We now have some budgies in a palatial aviary in the backyard, simple to care for yet the girls have learnt so much so far:

  • Budgies eat different seeds to canaries, they also eat apples and pear but don’t seem to like mandarin.Cat
  • They are herbivores (big girl’s word, they learnt about herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs at preschool).
  • They don’t need the ladder to climb up to their food.
  • They use their feet like hands and have wings rather than arms.
  • They can sit on one foot and pull the other up under their feathers when it’s cold.
  • They don’t seem to drink much, even if you squeeze the bottle to get more out for them!
  • They don’t use the nest boxes but hang on the side of the cage or perches.
  • They prefer the high perch.
  • They prefer the seed in the tray to the ground.
  • The eggs are tiny but just like a chicken’s inside (we got an egg on the first day they were in there, unfortunately they weren’t settled and it was on the ground).
  • They seem to have paired up into two couples.
  • You can get closer if you stay still, but if you are noisy or move suddenly they fly away.
  • The females are more nervous, the boys are braver, the adult male is the bravest.
  • The young male seems to be trying to pick a fight with the adult male.

If you have a look in there you have diet, anatomy, safety behaviour, mating and social behaviour and reproduction, that’s a lot to learn just by watching your pets for a couple of weeks!

GoldfishActually having a pet, especially if they are old enough to interact with it or care for it, is a much richer experience than reading books or watching films about animals.  Not only is there the excitement and play, it is a full sensory experience even babies can enjoy – rather than watching a mobile they can watch a birdcage and hear it at the same time.  Rather than feeling a swatch in a book they can pat a cat and feel the warmth and the purr.  Even in a tiny apartment you can keep goldfish or hermit crabs – have you ever felt a crab crawling across your hand?  That’s something that will enchant small children in a way flashing lights never can.

This post is part of the We Play linkup at Childhood 101.

Do you have a pet?  Did you have it when your children were babies? How do your children play with it?

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Deborah June 26, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Hi! I’m here from The Lady Bloggers Tea Party Social! Pleased to meet you. I’ve got a HELLO, HANDSOME blog party happening at my blog right now. I’d be tickled pink if you stopped by and joined in the fun.

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Annie June 27, 2010 at 6:44 am

We have a dog which all the kids loved as babies, then were a bit ambivalent about as toddlers, now as they are getting older they are really fascinated by him, they ask lots of questions about things he does, how he’s feeling, what kind of dog he is and how he’s different to the other dogs we know… This post has inspired me to do a bit of directed questioning about him myself…

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Deb June 29, 2010 at 10:08 am

We had a cat when the big one was a baby, but since then it hasn’t been practical because we travel too much. I’m so glad we can get back into having animals again.

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joyce:waddleeahchaa.com July 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

We have a dog named Callie. She is 11yrs. old and is a member of our family. All our grandsons greet her and she greets them when they come over. Every child sould have the experience of loving a pet.

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Deb July 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm

I can’t see it happening with the budgies, but our cats and dogs have always been part of the family. They’re very special.

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Christie - Childhood 101 July 5, 2010 at 9:01 pm

We had a cat when Immy was born but she didn’t tolerate the baby very well so when we moved back to Perth she moved into my sister’s house temporarily but somehow has never made her way back to us! I think pets are really important for children too but I must admit, I don’t miss cleaning up after one!
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