Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Mar 02, 2014
When we got a parakeet, we were looking for a pretty, playful house bird for my mother to enjoy. She wanted a little bird to sit on her finger and keep her company. We had friends who had parakeets and had just this experience. However, Tommy was not that type of bird. He was very aggressive and did not like being handled from the first day. We are animal-people so were willing and able to put in the time to tame him but nothing really worked.
When it came time to clean his cage, he always flew out and tried to attack people. In his old age, he calmed down a little bit but was never the sweet bird we had hoped for.
Besides his temperament, he was easy to care for. He ate a wide variety of foods, his droppings were easy to clean and didn't really smell. He was always very healthy and molted on a regular, healthy cycle.
I provide caution in that you should work closely with whomever you are buying from to ensure that you get a bird with an easy-going temperament. If you are able to do so, I would recommend trying out these beautiful birds.