Acquired: Pet store
Posted Nov 20, 2014
My little brother was very interested in having a bird. He didn't want anything too big or too small, so he settled on a parakeet. On that fateful day, we picked up a gorgeous male and promptly named him "Hopper". For a long while, we had a properly sized cage, a perch and water and food modules. We also placed a mirror next to the cage, as parakeets love to look at themselves and dance!
Sadly, Hopper passed away unexpectedly. Our mother decided that he must've died from loneliness, as parakeets are very social creatures. She made the decision to purchase a pair of them--one male and one female. The female was a gorgeous, light blue color, while the male was a deeper, royal blue. It was soon determined that the cage wasn't big enough for the two avians, so they were transferred to a larger enclosure. At this point, we also purchased what was essentially a "hanging tent" which allowed them to sleep on something other than a harsh perch.
Boy was that a mistake. One weekend we saw that some eggs had been produced by the female. This is very common for parakeets in captivity and my brother and I were warned not to get out hopes up about baby birds. Lo and behold, a few weeks later there was a brand new hatchling emerging from its shell. Surely, we thought, it wouldn't live past infancy; but the baby kept growing and growing until it was a full blown adult. The baby bird became very aggressive towards the father and eventually pecked him to death! A weird, incestuous relationship ensued in which the son and the mother produced new eggs extremely frequently. We actually started calling the mother "Fertile Myrtle". That dang bird produced at least six other babies!
Feeding them was pretty simple, all you need is bird seed and an occasional treat. However, the mess that they create is ridiculous. They often spread birdseed all over the floor in a six foot radius. Sweeping in that room became a daily task. In the end, we gave the birds to a friend because they became too much work. I would recommend parakeets, however, be warned that they are capable of breeding in captivity and they can be extremely messy!