Acquired: Pet store
Posted Aug 05, 2015
My family got a basic parakeet from the pet store. I'm not a huge fan of birds and their beady eyes, but this one grew on me. We had a love/hate relationship. He was friendly with everyone in the family, except me, probably because he knew I didn't care for birds much.
He would hop onto anyone else's finger, liked to have his cheeks stroked, and would chirp back cheerfully when people would talk to him. We occasionally clipped his wings so when we let him out of the cage he wouldn't fly all over the house. He enjoyed sitting on someone's shoulder while they were watching tv. (With me, he would just buzz over my head/flutter my hair around and I'm convinced it was on purpose).
We soon found out that they can actually be trained to make different sounds, so my dad downloaded tons of sounds on the computer and would play them throughout the day, and he eventually began to mimic them. Frog and cricket noises, and a number of others.
They don't require any special diet, we fed him regular bird feed, occasionally millet, and fresh water. We had wood/bell toys in his cage for him to play with and chew on with his beak. Occasionally we'd get a cuttlebone or sandpaper sticks for his cage. Newspaper liner on the bottom of the cage made for easy maintenance. I cannot think of any particular cons to owning a parakeet, other than they're smart and know if you like them or not! I'd highly suggest getting one as a first time bird. Ours eventually grew old and arthritic, and one day died in his sleep.