Acquired: Pet store
Posted Aug 07, 2015
I've taken care of numerous parakeets over the years at the pet shop where I used to work, and I've owned several myself.
If you want a bird, these little guys are one of the easiest to care for and least expensive. And since they stay small, they don't need an enormous cage, although I would recommend you give them the biggest you possibly can, just so they can fly around.
Their seed is readily available and inexpensive. Like most pet birds, they will also benefit from the addition of human food to their diet: fruits (not avocados, though) and veggies. Don't give them anything with added or artificial sweeteners, however. Basically, if it isn't good for you, it isn't good for your bird.
Parakeets can learn to talk, but they don't speak as well as a lot of the larger birds. And if handled and given a lot of attention, they can be quite friendly. Like most birds, they can be rather messy, so you will be cleaning up seed quite regularly.
Budgies can live 7 to 15 years, if they're given proper care. They're a great choice for someone who's never owned a bird before or for someone who doesn't have room for a large cage.