Castle Rock, Washington, United States
Posted Feb 05, 2019
A friend of my parents had two African ring necked parakeets. He was moving and my dad loves birds, so we decided to take them in. Chestnut was the easier bird, Lolli, not so much. I was mostly responsible for their care, because I INSISTED to get them. They're amazing birds, incredibly smart, and not at all what I expected. Birds are MESSY. This was hard for me to deal with as I like things neat and tidy. It was rewarding to be able to train them and also being able to handle these beautiful animals. My favorite boy was Chestnut. He was the easier of the two, and I was still quite young when we got them, so I took to him. He had a lot to say! I had only ever been around Budgies so this was amazing to me, the talking. He was a great conversationalist. He was incredibly docile and enjoyed being out of his cage, sitting on someone's shoulder and mimicking everything they had to say to him. We did not keep these birds for long, as we had a hard time caring for them. The birds really require an experienced owner, and luckily my father knew just the person, a local bird store owner. The bird store owner kept the two together as his own, and we visited them often. The store eventually closed down, but we receive updates occasionally and they are still doing well! I believe their life span is between 20 to 30 years, so they still have lots of life in them!