The West Live Interview Dec 2023

Stressed out? Try ‘Budgie Therapy’

Thanks to Ben O’Shea from Perth Now for hosting the Budgerigar Council of South Australia President Troy Holmes on the Show earlier today, to discuss the virtues of enjoying time with your budgies. Owners of Budgies have found that Budgie Therapy is a surprising upshot of owning one of these fabulous pets.

An Adelaide budgie enthusiast tells us why spending time with his 400 budgies is the most relaxing part of his day. “There are few things more therapeutic than caring for an animal. Moreover, tending and caring for a bird, or in my case, 400 of them, encourages mindfulness and relaxation. It requires you to be present,” says Troy Holmes, the President of the Budgerigar Council of South Australia. “Their natural beauty and chatter can be a great distractor from the stressors of the day.”

Troy, who works in the robotics industry by day says budgies are his favourite down time. “Selecting pairs for breeding is an art form that requires aesthetic considerations, as much as genetic understanding of how the progeny of two birds may look,” he adds. “There’s real creativity in breeding a visually appealing budgie that has all the right behavioural traits and excellent health and vitality… I love that challenge.”


The West Live, Budgie Therapy

A Link to the Interview Can Be Found Here

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