Acquired: Bred bird myself,
Rescue / shelter organization
New York, United States
Posted May 05, 2014
Parakeets were a one of the easiest birds I have ever worked with. Because of this, I have worked with quite a few. Of course, if they are not hand raised, they will not be easy to handle. Hand feeding a parakeet is a process, i suggest that you have a vet or at least a well trained skilled friend show you exactly how to as there can be many complications, as with any hand feeding bird, if not done properly.
After hand feeding, when your keet is easy to handle, this is the easiest breed to own. They can survive alone, in smaller cages, do not require a ton of attention, they eat "like a bird" and they are not as loud as some of their cousins can be. They can mimic as well, it may take a little more repetition and it will only be with whistle song, but they do have this to offer. They also come in a variety of gorgeous colors.
The downside, you will only have a small, delicate bird. as such, i would not recommend that smaller or aggressive children handle them. I would say under supervision, but honestly, they are so small and fragile that i would sway against even that. Older, calmer children, under supervision should be fine. They can be adopted for as low as $5 sometimes up to $25 making them extremely inexpensive.
Things to keep in mind when you are reviewing your options to adopt this little guy; you will need a cage, even if it is small, it can be an investment. You can probably find a decent cage at your local pet store for about $30-$75 that will suffice. You will need feed, toys, treats, dishes and perches. Even though they do not require a ton of attention, i still recommend taking your little one out at least once a day to continue his handle-ability.