Acquired: Pet store
Oklahoma, United States
Posted Jul 14, 2012
I actually have had five different Parakeets, and really the only truly friendly one is our male Parakeet, Cole. Most of the females nip at you if you try to touch them, though one of the females will actually play ball with you, which is pretty interesting! You can roll a little ball around her cage and she'll push it back to you, just as a dog would play fetch! The parakeets themselves aren't really that much work - they keep their beaks and nails trim by stones and such in their cages. It's really the cages themselves that are the most work! You have to change the paper in the bottom of the cages, give them fresh bird seed and water, as well as a fresh vegetable (vegetables are highly recommended for their nutrients, plus the birds love them as snacks!) We have four separate cages for the birds though, due to the fact that the females all hate each other and many of them are quite mean to the male Parakeet as well (one pecked him so hard on the head one time that he started bleeding) so they each have their own, separate cage. Really makes for more work as far as their upkeep goes!
They have learned how to step up onto your finger or a stick, though the male is the only one that will do it willingly - the others prefer to keep to themselves. They all have cute little chirps that they do, and occasionally they'll sing a little when they're really happy! We have never bred any of them so none of the females have ever laid eggs, so we don't really have any experience with baby birds.
In the picture, Paige is the white bird, Cole is the blue bird, and the yellow bird is Leo (she passed away this past year.)