My bird Hercs, is not only the happiest bird I know, but he's the happiest being I know. He recently turned 11 years old, and he is the healthiest of all 12 birds I have owned. A budgie's average life span is 8-10 years. There are 6 left now, and he's still the strongest, most energetic of all those little buggers. Why? Because he doesn't give a fuck. He chirps his heart out all day and plays with the other birds. So if you want to be a happy, healthy, still gettin laid grandma/grampa, get your chirp on. Be happy.