Acquired: Pet store
Posted Feb 19, 2015
I have mixed emotions when it comes to parakeets. I received my first one as a birthday present and was super excited because I had always wanted a bird. When I got him home I let him adjust to his new cage for a few hours before I just couldn't stand it anymore and had to take him out. He let me easily take him out of the cage and perched on finger and shoulder contently for a while. I didn't want to over do it so I let him back in the cage after about 30 minutes. For the first week I owned him he let me take him out of the cage and I taught him how to "step up" on my finger and objects. After a week, one day he did not want to come out of the cage. I didn't think much of it and decided to let him have his space. He never got back into the routine of easily letting me take him out; he would shy away and evade me every time I put my hand in the cage. He even began biting at my finger, but never hard enough to hurt. I thought he might be lonely so I got him a female companion, Corina. When I first put her in the cage they hated eachother; they got in a few scuffles and avoided eachother, but after about three days they became best friends. Neither one of them would let me take them out of the cage. They became bonded to eachother and wanted nothing to do with me.
I love the variety of colors in parakeets and the fact that they are interesting to observe. They do chirp a lot, but it usually isn't very loud and never really got on my nerves. The occasional times that my birds did come out I loved to play with them and see them fly. I even heard Chico say "hello" once, but only once.
The main thing I did not like about my parakeets was how messy they were. I had to constantly change their water because the food and feathers that got in it all the time. Not only was their cage messy but the surrounding area of their cage; I was always having to clean the carpet and dresser where their cage was because of feathers and bird food. The cage could go a long time without smelling too bad, but in concern to the appearance the cage had to be cleaned at least once a week.Cleaning the cage was a major pain because having to scrape bird feces from the bars of the cage and cage toys. The only other reason I wasn't too attached to my parakeets was because I always wanted a bird that I could hold and that wasn't the case with mine.