Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 02, 2015
I love animals. My husband knows this, so shortly after I made a one-off comment about how I'd love to have a bird, I came home from work to a beautiful pair of budgies. It should be noted that I'd had zero prior experience with birds; I simply thought they were pretty.
Parakeets are social animals. They need to be interacted with in order to keep them friendly. If you don't spend time with them every day, they start to nip at people. This is unfortunate, because I have a bit of a lazy streak, so after a year we ended up surrendering the birds to a local shelter due to my not having time or energy for them. Plus my cats hated them, so we had to keep the cage covered more than I would have liked.
Friendly, if you keep up on their socialization
Easy to clean up after - just put a sheet of wax paper in the bottom tray of the cage and replace it every other day. Wipe down perches and sides of cage with a wet cloth.
Easy to feed - parakeet bird seed is readily available at any pet store or pet supply store
Not annoying - they have a pretty voice and they're quiet at night as long as you remember to cover the cage.
Your cats may try to eat them
Feathers go everywhere
Seed goes everywhere
They require daily attention, but at the same time it's easy to forget they're there, so you must be diligent.
You have to get them in pairs or more, because they can and do die of loneliness (I'm not kidding)
These birds make great pets if you are willing to dedicate the time it takes to keep them socialized and people-friendly. I am actually planning to get another pair when my life is less hectic.