Acquired: Bred bird myself
Taylor Mill, Kentucky, United States
Posted Aug 05, 2012
I've had quite a few parakeets in my day. My family actually used to breed them when I was younger, as well as a few other breeds, so I grew up learning a decent amount about birds. Baby birds are so funny looking when they're first born-they look like little turkeys covered in quills, as it takes some time for their feathers to develop. If you plan to breed, be sure to have a breeding box (a decent sized wooden box attached to the bird cage). The breeding box allows the birds to mate in privacy, as well as lay eggs. Without the breeding box, success at breeding is minimal, as birds prefer to lay eggs and mate in privacy.
Parakeets make great pets and are very pretty to look at. Their chirping is beautiful, though can be rather annoying late at night or early in the morning. I always would put a towel or small sheet over their cage while I slept to keep them quiet. By covering their cage, it tricks them into thinking it's nighttime, so they snooze in silence, allowing you to get some rest. :) Parakeets are also slightly messy. You must change their water frequently, as they have a tendency to poop in it. You should also have something around their cage to catch loose seed, as they sometimes throw it out of the cage.