Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Nov 20, 2013
I got my first Parakeet when I was only 5 years old. I considered it my first real pet. I had owned fish before that, however I could never really interact with any of them, so they were not so exciting for me after a while.
Cookie was already an adult when we adopted her. She simply flew into our kitchen one morning and we kept her. My parents bought her a cage and all the accessories she needed. Besides that, she also got a boyfriend, because my parents didn't want her to feel alone and unloved.
I remember playing with her a lot. She was quite friendly, but loved to bite my fingers. It wasn't painful, but rather it tickled. Cookie used to sit on my shoulder and if I put my head close to her, enough to touch her, she would bite my ear.
I also remember that during the evening, we used to let both of them out of their cages and let them sit around wherever they wanted in the house. Quickly enough, they discovered our bookshelves. Because of them, most of our books back then had tiny parts of them ripped out. They obviously loved to peck them. Cookie and her companion did not put up any fight when they had to go to bed, back into their home. We would just place the cage in front of them and they would gladly enter.
Taking into consideration my experience with Parakeets, I would say all four of them, had different personalities. Cookie was the most aggressive. Whenever I wanted to play with her, and she did not feel the same way, she would make a funny and cute aggressive sound right before biting me. If I went on and took her in my hand, she would seriously bite me.
After a while we discovered that they liked taking baths. So, we placed a cup-sized bowl of water in their cage. They would sit around it and bathe, sometimes even get into the water with their entire bodies. This little display of joy for them was very pleasant and fun to watch.
I don't believe it was difficult to keep these little birds. They would eat seeds and different kinds of fruit (apples, pears, watermelon), vegetable (carrots). I was in charge of changing their water daily, which was not a hassle at all.
All in all, it was fun having them around. I was very sad when Cookie died. She was really old and sick.
Parakeets are very cute and fun to have around the house. They can be trained when they are very young. Taking into account that they are birds, you can still expect a lot of affection from them, because they will prove to be very adorable.