Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jan 10, 2015
I received my parakeet as a gift. Following that, I attended classes at the local pet store on bird care from an expert. My parakeet was cute and intelligent to the degree that he could let himself in and out of his cage on his own. He was easy to care for, as very little work was involved in the maintenance of his habitat.
All birds, like other animals, have their own personalities and mine, I suspect, had freedom on his mind. He was never one to be content sitting on your shoulder or your hand. He was always flying elsewhere ; )
I was never much of a bird person, so I recommend that birds (and pets in general) never be given as gifts unless specifically requested by the person receiving the animal, as they may not be the most ideal match.
Parakeets are pretty, but they can be a bit fragile and noisy. Mine would wake up very early every morning, singing loudly even though I had a cover; something I wasn't prepared for and didn't particularly enjoy. If you don't have a special room to house your bird, be prepared for their beautiful, daytime singing to become potentially annoying, unless you're an avid fancier & birdsong lover.
Parakeets are simple to care for, pretty to watch and listen to, for the most part. I wouldn't necessarily recommend them for younger children as a pet unless the child has a particular interest in them.