Idaho, United States
Posted May 10, 2013
I had a Parakeet, Peat, ten years. A friend gave him to me and he had him for four or five years. These birds live quite a while. My experience has been that parakeets have a lot of personality and are pretty easy to trame with socialization. If you put them in a cage and ignore them, they will bite you, they will be skittish, and they will not be very fun. However, if you spend time with the bird, talk to it, and work him him, it will be super friendly.
I don’t think they are terribly messy. Their cage is pretty easy to clean. The biggest issue is that Peat was a picky eater and would toss the seed in his mix he did not like out of his cage. Generally, they are not all that difficult to maintain, but keep an eye on their beak. Mostly, between the cuttlebone, which provides the bird with calcium, and other treats and toys, the beak remains trimmed. If not, it will begin to curl around into its neck, which not good.
Parakeets, despite being a beginner's bird, are emotionally sensitive creatures. They are easily startled and scared, and they don’t easily forget. Unfortunately, towards the end of Peat’s life, he fell out of the bottom of his cage while I was at dinner. His claw got hooked to the carpet under the couch where he stayed for a couple hours until I got home and found him. This really traumatized Peat, and he would not leave the cage unless he was being held. Parakeets do not easily forget such things.