Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Delaware, United States
Posted Aug 14, 2011
The Scarlet Chested Parakeet is an especially beautiful bird. As parrot-family birds go, they are extremely quiet and mild-mannered. They are generally easy to care for. feeding on small parrot seed / pellet mixes, along with regular green food and small vegetables like peas, corn, lima beans, chopped carrots, broccoli, etc. They also like fresh egg food as a supplement.
Most people raise Scarlet Chested Parakeets as untamed cage or aviary birds but they can be finger-trained if hand-raised by the breeder. However, they are not cuddly birds that will lay on their backs, hang upside down, or like to be handled (by your hands), like a Green-Cheeked Conure, for example. Even hand-raised young can become timid, once fledged, and will require some work to get them fully tame. Wing-clipping can help tame them but they tend to run on the floor so that is not always an easy solution for taming, as with larger parrots.
I have had better results leaving them fully-flighted and being very gentle and patient, letting them come to me, especially when I have favorite foods (like fresh peas or hemp seed). Eventually, mine became quite tame and would fly over to me, whenever I had food - and he would occasionally just fly over to hang out. Unfortunately, after all that work, I lost my first one to Proventricular Diliation Disease (PDD). Now I have a second hand-raised Scarlet Chested Parakeet and I have started working with it all over again. One thing helping my taming process, this time and last, is that I also have a very tame Bourke Parakeet that flies right over to me and shows my wary Scarlet Chested that I am "ok" to go to.