Acquired: Bred bird myself,
North Dakota, United States
Posted Jun 10, 2010
Parakeets are amazing birds to own. Our first ones we got given to us by relatives, and from there we expanded. These birds love people and eachother. They are easy to tame, and take up little time, energy, money, and space. Parakeets come in a variety of colors, all of which are absolutley beautiful. The only time i've ever had any problems was raising them. They are goot at laying andhatching their own eggs, but the father may kill the young by ripping their faces off. It is very unplesant, i believe if you keep the male away from them once they are basicly full grown, they will be fine. They can normally live in groups or at least pairs. You may want to trim their wings to keep them from flying away or to far if you let them loose(probably just in a building). The male has a darker, often blue, cere (the area around the nostrils above the beak) and the female will have a lighter (white or tan or cream) cere.
Parakeets don't make a lot of noise, rather they just chatter to eachother. If you need them to be quiet you put a cloth or light blanket over their cage and they will stop chattering. I have never had any learn to speak or mimic words, but they probably can. They are healthy and don't get aggressive(unless the male wants it's young gone). Altogether, they are very nice birds and i can recommend anyone to acquire such a bird as a parakeet sometime in their life.