Greater London, United Kingdom
Posted Nov 09, 2012
I owned Spice for roughly a year when I was about 12. I remember her as the family pet and we all chipped in to look after her when my nan couldn't care for her anymore. My brother and sister were 4 and 6 at the time and it was a low maintenance pet for us all to enjoy. She had a lovely blue chest and white and black speckled wings.
We used to let her out to fly daily and she loved to fly around the lounge and she would land on the curtain rail and stay perched there for a good half hour just surveying the room. She never really liked to get back into her birdcage so I think it's important if you own this bird that you allow them out for about an hour a day so they can have some good flying time.
She would eat seeds every day that we would buy from a pet store and she had loads of toys and a mirror in her cage. I remember hearing somewhere that it's important you give them a mirror so they feel like they have company.
As far as costs go, I know you need to consider the sandpaper costs that need to go at the bottom of their cage (this is to make clearing up their mess easier and they can also file down their claws on it), food costs, toy costs and bathing costs.
Overall I think this is a low maintenance pet that's good for young families as it can teach children responsibility without committing to a bigger pet like a cat or dog.