Posted Mar 17, 2014
I have owned parakeets since I was a small child. Parakeets are easy to care for, small, social parrots that learn to talk and mimic sounds. Parakeets are actually some of the best talkers in the parrot world, yet smaller and easier to care for than the larger parrots. As a child I had one that had a vocabulary of nearly 100 words. Parakeets are also very affectionate if hand raised.
A proper parakeet diet consists of pellets or "nutriberries," fresh veggies, fruit, a small amount of seed, and other people food. They cannot have avacado, chocolate, or green beans. They should be housed in the largest cage you can afford and provided with plenty of toys. If kept in pairs they will be less tame with humans and less likely to talk, however if kept as single pets they need a great deal of attention as they are flock animals.
Parakeets are loving, adorable, and engaging pet and great company. Single pets bond strongly to their humans if handled and interacted with regularly.