Posted Mar 06, 2013
My family received Beauty and The Beast from some friends that my dad worked with. I was about 14 at the time. They were both rather aptly named, Beauty being friendly and pure white/gray, and The Beast being rather loud and aggressive.
Beauty and I always got along very well. She was pretty much pre-trained when we got her, but she didn't seem to initially understand that people didn't like being bitten. She was very clever though, and obviously wanted to be social, so she picked up on things that weren't ok: pooping on people, biting hands, and fluttering around the room. She was surprisingly smart and well-behaved, though.
It got to the point where we were able to leave her cage open most of the time, and she would come and go as she pleased, without causing any trouble or trying to escape.
However, she was rather old when we got her (at least 3 years), and her iris was already rather gray to show it. She only lived about a year and a half with us before passing away.
I would very much recommend parakeets for houses that don't mind noise, but I would NOT recommend them if you have children (birds are easy to scare), or if you are afraid to be bitten (training requires holding your bird and enduring some bites until they get used to you).