Acquired: Pet store
Posted Feb 04, 2016
I got my first parakeet when I was in kindergarten. Because he was so small and easy to accommodate, he ended up making a great first pet for me. It’s a great opportunity to teach kids about cleaning the cage, proper feeding, and learning to handle responsibility for another.
That little blue budgie ended up being a gateway to even more of them, and now I can’t walk all the way through a pet store without running up to the parakeets and finches and ogling them. Even now, as an adult, the second I am able to make the accommodations I am going to get fifty of them. (Okay, maybe more like two. For now.) Parakeets are so full of personality, they love to talk and bob their heads, and are just generally fun to watch on a lazy Sunday.
It’s important to note that while they are very talkative and active, do not let the cute Youtube videos fool you. Your budgie will likely not be very lively when you first bring him home. I find with a lot of birds that they feel nervous and uncomfortable in new locations they same way you do, so it’s important to make them feel as at ease as you can, and handle them early to get them accustomed to you. I promise it will pay off in the long run if you can endure the nips in the beginning, and will create a bond between you and your bird that will last.