What you need to know before adopting a Parakeet

parakeetFor a while I was working as veterinarian at a vet practice that was specialized in birds of all kinds.  Well, my favorite bird was the Parakeet.  Always.  I could admire their friendliness toward humans, their beautifully colored feathers – and forget about my work …

Often you also hear the name Budgie when it is about Parakeets, this is just another name for this bird.  When I learned about the Parakeets I found it most amusing that their Latin name “Melopsittacus undulatus” means “Song Bird with Wavy Lines” that characterizes this kind of bird perfectly.  Isn’t that true?

Well, there are some points you need to know if you are thinking of getting one or two Parakeets.

Let’s start with the Parakeet’s character.  He is a social playful bird, meaning he feels the most comfortable in groups of two or more.  You need to know if you keep Parakeets in groups, they will less likely become hand tamed.  On the other hand, if you have just one Parakeet you need to give him a lot of attention in order to make him not feel isolated.  In this case you have all chances to transform your little Parakeet into a loyal hand tamed loving little pet.  It is therefore your choice.  Do you have less time and rather like to have birds for watching only, then get two or more Parakeets.  If you have enough loving patience to spend a lot of time with your Parakeet, then just get one and he will easily become your little pet friend.  Offer him a mix of playing time and resting time in privacy.

With having two Parakeets you will need a bigger cage of course. One of the most known and widely liked Parakeet cage is made by Petco and comes with a square top.

If there are children around a Parakeet, they certainly need your adult supervision while in contact with each other.  The child’s hand could be a bit too rough on the little bird.  And the Parakeet’s beak could hurt the child’s sensitive fingers.

Another important point by getting any kind of bird is their ability to sing and talk.  There are some considerations to make about your neighborhood and their tolerance toward bird noise.  Parakeets, the males more than the females, sing and whistle a lot.  They are also very capable of learning words.  One Parakeet became known through this talent, he could repeat more than 1,700 words.  Imagine that!  So, watch out, what you say in front of your little Parakeet friend.

Always before you get a new pet, think about their lifespan.  How many years are you willing to spend with your new friend?  Parakeets live between 7 to 15 years.  The better you care for your new pet, the longer he will live.  Which leads us to the question what kind of food Parakeets are eating.  Well, they are so-called ground-feeders eating primarily seeds and plant material.  The Parakeet food provides generally a good and balanced mix of pellets, fruits and vegetables.  It’s important to not just give your Parakeet seeds, it could cause some health issues.  Parakeets are known to be picky eaters.  You might need some persuasion and perseverance to get your new pet used to healthy eating.  You will need to keep a small seed mixture available at all times, Parakeets like to nibble all day.

parakeetFinally you might encounter the question what colored Parakeet you would like.  There are actually more than 70 mutations of Parakeets with a large variety of colors and patterns.  With Parakeets it is very easy to find out if you look at a male or female.  After the age of 6-8 months the males show a blue colored cere (the flesh above the beak).

If after all this basic information about Parakeets you still have the wish to invite one or two of these beautiful little birds into your life for the next some years, I recommend to take a look at the following Top 3 Parakeets cages.  The cage’s size will depend on your choice of getting just one or more Parakeets, and of course, of your space availability.

Arched Top Bird Cage

Prevue Parakeet Bird Cage

Product Highlights

  • Perfect for Parakeets, Canaries, Finches and other small birds
  • Two locking side-clips to remove bottom tray
  • Two wood perch bars
  • Sliding front door
  • Top handle
  • Lower feeding cups for mess control
  • No bottom grate included
  • Assembly required

Customer reviews

Very easy to assemble, everything just snaps together and it will be very easy to clean.  I bought this cage for my two pet doves. The best feature for me is that I can un-snap the top of the cage from the bottom pan with the birds still in the cage and take the bottom pan to clean it.

I have two parakeets in this.  They moved into this from a large cage and they love moving around.  The base is so easy to clean.

The best part is that it comes with 2 wooden dowel perches and 2 cups for food and water.  My budgies love it!


 

Square Top Parakeet Cage

You & Me Square Top Parakeet Cage

Product Highlights

  • Plenty of room for one or two parakeets
  • Durable wires are spaced 0.5″ apart
  • Two dowel perches (0.5″ thick)
  • Two dishes with clear hoods for food and water
  • Large front door and two smaller front doors
  • Large plastic base with pull-out tray

Customer reviews

Nice features.  Hooded cups, safety bar for door, and grate.  Roomy.  It is sturdy.

The big front door makes this cage easy to access and is nice to leave open so the bird can fly around freely and get in and out of the cage with ease.

To clean the cage it’s really easy to take the top off. It comes with two bars and two food dishes.


 

Flat Top Parakeet Cage

YML Flat Top Medium Parakeet Cage

Product Highlights

  • One slide-up door in front and two slide-up doors at side
  • Cups for easy feeding
  • Plastic bottom grate
  • Removable plastic tray for easy cleaning
  • Assembly required

Customer reviews

My favorite part of the cage is how easily the grate over the slide out tray in the bottom comes out for easy cleaning.  No messy scrubbing inside the cage, just pop it out and toss it in the sink.  I also love that there is a handle on top of the cage.

Durable and great quality.  The size is just perfect and everything fits.

Since this review was written, YML has discontinued selling this product. An alternate is now available.


 

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6 Responses to What you need to know before adopting a Parakeet

  1. eliza says:

    Great and informative post! I have a soft spot for budgies and would love to get one. But my cats would probably terrorize any bird I got. Some day perhaps when I am too old for bigger pets. 😉

  2. Cecilia says:

    Hi Eliza, yes, I see that, cats can be a hazard for budgies, if you want to let them fly freely from time to time.

  3. Tiny says:

    Very informative post! I love parakeets, but right now too busy to take care of new pets of any kind. My 16 years old poodle requires quite a bit of care and company right now.

  4. Cecilia says:

    Thank you so much. I’m glad you can give all your attention to your poodle.

  5. When I was young, I had a parakeet and loved him…Mr. Peeper’s. He was a fun pet.

  6. Cecilia says:

    What a great name for a parakeet – Peeper! I like it 🙂

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