Acquired: Pet store
Posted Sep 01, 2015
I owned Silo and Lola as a child. They were sweet birds and often had a lot to say. They were often let out to just fly around and stretch their wings. The two of them were purchased together in a pair, and they literally could not live without each other. Shortly before we were about to make a cross country move, Lola passed away. During our move across the country, Silo ended up passing away as well. We believe it was from not only the loss of his mate, but also the stress of moving such a far distance.
These birds really do need companionship to be happy. I would never recommend keeping them on their own because they do become depressed. I wasn't old enough at the time to make the decision as to whether or not we should just find Silo a new home instead of attempting to move him in a situation like this, but I'm not entirely sure that would have been the solution either ( a new form of stress).
Despite the need for socialization being an issue in some scenarios, these are friendly, lovable birds that enjoy being around the family. I really liked having them around. If you're not used to keeping birds though, be warned that parakeets chatter a lot and can keep up quite a racket. I would highly recommend them for someone who is getting a bird for the first time, because they are very easy to care for as far as feeding, cleaning, and they have a great temperament. Definitely get them in a pair. It will make things easier than having to introduce another one later.