Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred bird myself,
Rescue / shelter organization
Oklahoma, United States
Posted May 12, 2013
I have had these on and off since I was about 10, and I'm in my mid-30's now. I have bred them, hand fed and raised them, trained them, and sold them. They are simply one of the best birds that you can get, which is why they are so popular.
I do recommend that you read up on them before getting one. And, you cannot get one from a pet store or any other place that is not a breeder that hand raises them and expect them to simply be ready for you to handle them. They have to be taught, just like any other animal. They aren't hard to train, however, and once you do, they love to play and work with you. I have never gotten any to talk where you could understand what they were saying, but they loved to mimic cartoon sounds, especially the Flinstones - I have no idea why!
They are very easy to care for as well, with cage cleanings being the worst part, but nothing horrible. Food and water is simple too and you can get supplies anywhere for them.
Breeding them is fairly easy too, as long as you are sure you have a male and female. I have never had a problem with males being aggressive toward me when a female was sitting on eggs, but I have seen others do it.
I loved every single one of them that I had or raised. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting a beautiful, fun bird.