Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 03, 2015
Tiki was a birthday present when I was a child and she helped me learn many things. I learned about caring for a bird, first of all, but also about caring for an animal all on my own. She was a great introduction to that responsibility.
Tiki was easy to care for. The worst thing about parakeets is the shedding of feathers. It can make a big mess and require frequent vacuuming. Overall, not really a big deal.
I taught Tiki to whistle and say hello, which she did very well. She also learned to sit on my finger; I was hoping to take her out of the cage and train her to do more tricks. However, we moved to another state and that took my concentration for awhile. Tiki made the move just fine, and was happy in our new home. She was even happier when my Mom brought home a companion for her. That bird, which we named "Bird" (very original, I know, but we didn't plan to keep him) flew into my Mom's aerobics class one morning. We tried to find his owner, but had no luck, so he stayed with us. Tiki's mind was no longer on training, either, once we discovered an egg on the floor of her cage one day. Suddenly, I was learning and reading all about parakeet breeding! Those were some neat life lessons.
Tiki and bird had two babies. One was an albino, which was cool to see, and the other was dark blue like his father. Pretty birds, and very smart, they went to live with friends.
Overall, I would recommend parakeets as a pet. They were fairly easy to care for, and could be a fun companion if you took the time to train them.