Photo by Dave Location: Sandpoint, Idaho Pictured: Rare Solid White Parakeet "Lexi"
Parakeets make the perfect pets when it comes to owning a pet bird. I started out with owning a blue parakeet named Scuttles (after the Little Mermaid) I was still very young, probably kindergarten and living in Fallbrook, California. I am now 21 years old and still have parakeets as pets. I have three hand-tamed and hand-fed solid white parakeets. I actually bred their parents, hand fed them and raised them so they can all live together but be tame with me when taken out. Which is nice because I love hearing their chatter during the day among one another!
Parakeets (also known and referred to as budgies) make the perfect pets for any household whether you live alone in your apartment while you attend college or you have a giant family with six kids and the grandparents living downstairs... parakeets can get along with the whole family! They are small birds which can be both good and bad - the good is that with a small body comes a small beak with a small bite (not to assume it still doesn't hurt, though!) but with a small creature like a parakeet also comes the fear of easily hurting it so being gentle is important, too.
They make a great pet bird to see if you even have what it takes to really get into birds. They will give you an idea of what it is like to own a bird to see if you ever want to expand your flock or go larger. Depending on the next bird you are thinking about aquiring, look at your current parakeet and double, triple or more the mess, space and noise level to see if you can really handle a medium to larger parrot. Parakeets are some of the easiest maitenance birds you can get and the cheapest! They can be as little as $14.
Parakeets are very fast learners and great for any type of training (target, trick). I have taught a parakeet tricks in as little as one training session. Other tricks have taken two days at most such as tricks like climbing a rope, the spin, kiss, and more. Sometimes they just need to sit on what you taught them the first day and the second day it will make sense during their sleep and rest period and they will just all the sudden have it! This happened with my parakeet Gilligan on a cruise ship. We taught him an entire routine in a week and performed it on stage after the week was over. He performed perfectly! The video of Gilligan can be viewed here. A trick training course was made out of Gilligan's routine and you can find various videos on You Tube of other people's birds doing the exact same routine with their own unique set up such as this:
Many other examples of what parakeets are capable of doing, learning and performing here.
If you start with a parakeet, it will either make you come to the realization you are not a bird person or you will be hooked on birds! Keets are wonderful for kids and family to be around as they aren't known for behavioral issues, plucking or extreme biting. There are taming and training techniques you can use to keep them motivated and stimulated with their environment and they can be very social and friendly birds to company.
Parakeets, although not specifically known for it, are capable of learning how to talk just like the larger birds. They tend to have funny sounding voices: examples here. However, it is a parakeet who holds the WORLD RECORD for the largest vocabulary ever spoken by a bird! Now, that's impressive for a little guy!
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.