Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jun 25, 2013
Pretty little birds of green, blue, white, pied, and many other colors.
I really loved my keets when I was young. They lived in my room with me, and I was the one who cared for them.
They are minimal care, but two of mine would bite. The females have brown over their beaks as adults while the males have blue. The babies have pinkish purple area over their beaks (this area is called a "cere") and will show what sex your bird is (though in the picture I've posted, this one is a young baby, so no one would know what sex it is; however, if I were to guess, I would sway toward a male as the pinkish purple seems to have a blue haze to it.) I found the males often did have brighter colors. I was told that the females tend not to talk as much, though that's hard to believe. *G*
I really loved mine, but I am posting this because of a horrid experience I had as a child (which I'm still not over yet as an older adult). I was in grade school, and mom agreed to allow me to have a bird, but I was to care for it entirely, and she was not going to help. I excitedly agreed, and things went well for months. After about a year, the female died. (They fought all the time like a married couple.) I ended up with one bird, Petie, after several years of owning two, and I really loved him. I watched him every day, carefully feeding and keeping his water clean, and it seemed to help me be happy as I watched Petie's happy movements. I had done such a great job for so long, mom didn't feel she needed to check on him because all had been great for so long. One day, he didn't seem to eat, and the bird dish (an oval shaped plastic food holder that had a head hole) appeared full. I didn't understand that, but I checked, and the food was nearly full to the top. Day after day, he didn't eat. I tried everything I could think of, but nothing changed. Sadly Petie died. A few days later, I cleaned out the food dish. It was full of shells and not food! I was devastated. It still makes me sad and sick inside for what happened, and that was 40 years ago. That's why I advise that children under 8 not have them, and please, parents, if you have one or more of these darling little birds, please supervise your child with them. Kids can also squeeze them, and hurt them, and kill them (or get bitten which hurts a lot).
The bad part of these birds: They make an incredible mess all around the cage. You can get plastic to surround the bottom, but they chew on it, and that is probably not so good for their health. Also, if birds are let out, they poo on many places where they land (if they can fly). You can keep them from flying onto things by trimming the feathers short on one wing. But I noticed that there was poo on my drapes, on my bed, on my dresser, on everything. I was told, "Oh, their poo is small, and if you leave it there, it dries, and you can brush it off or pick it off." What? Leave it there? For how long? Are you serious? That didn't work for me. I can't live with poo all over things.
Be sure you add a cuddle bone because they need to clean/trim their beaks. And be careful about adding fruits and veggies. Look veggies and fruits up before you give it to them. They might get sick from what you give them.
I've never had one since I was a child because of the trauma I experienced due to my own inexperience. Don't let this type of thing happen to your child or you.
The one attached looks like my little Petie. I love you Petie.