Acquired: Pet store
Posted Oct 02, 2013
I loved my parakeets. My brother and I both had the privilege of owning these wonderful birds, and at one time had up to 8 in our bedroom.
Parakeets are relatively inexpensive birds to purchase and maintain. They are smart and friendly if socialized early and often. Don't expect to leave them in their cages for days on end and then think that they will just hop on to your finger when you are ready. Like other social animals, they need constant companionship. If you are going to choose only one bird, you must be their companion.
I was unable to get my birds, to speak words, though I have seen others do so. Perhaps I did not take enough time to do it. I was able to get them to "wolf whistle" after a short period of training. (Say two months).
Parakeets are quite the clowns and acrobats, and they are a lot of fun to watch. I taught mine to step up onto my finger, and to ride on my shoulder. I learned how to clip their wings to keep them from flying away. One lesson I learned was to clip only one of their wings, so that they will feel unbalanced. They are far less likely to try to fly when they are feeling off balance.
We moved around a lot when I was younger, so after about two years, my brother and I were forced to sell them. We made sure they had a good home, and I am grateful for the opportunity I had to experience these awesome birds.
I would not recommend young children to own these birds. They need attention and careful handling. In my opinion these birds should be owned by teenagers or adults.