Buying a parakeet is a big commitment
seeing as these little critters can live for as long as 15-20 years
. They are friendly
birds that make great pets for adults and children alike. With that said,
adding a new member to your family is never easy and our list below will guide
you through some of the factors you need to consider when choosing your first
Getting a pet is not like buying a toy
that you can throw away once you get bored with it, and the most important rule
when getting one is never buy on impulse. You should take the time and weigh
all your options carefully and assess the personality and behavior patterns of
parakeets to decide if this pet is right for you.
Parakeets are very smart and can have
different temperaments and behavior depending on the situation. Some can adapt
quickly to their new environment while others can get moody and ill-tempered.
It can take a while for a new parakeet to get used to your home environment so
try not to lose your patience.
Locate a reputable seller
You can find parakeets for sale online,
in pet stores, newspapers or from your local shelter. Whichever place you
prefer, you should make sure that the seller has treated the birds humanely and
that they are healthy.
For online sellers, you should look at
the reviews that customers left to see if the birds have satisfied their
expectations. If you have friends that own bird pets you can ask them for
places where you can get a good parakeet.
When you go to a retailer you should keep
both your eyes and ears open and listen to what the seller says and the
parakeet’s behavior. You should also look at the cages that the birds are in.
Parakeets need large ones
that offer plenty of space to play.
The beak and feet of a healthy bird should not be crusted and the feathers
should be shiny, sleek, and smooth.
If you want a bird that is easy to tame
and train, you should choose a hand-raised parakeet. They tend to be more
expensive but they adapt easier to a new owner since they are already
accustomed to human affection and caring.
You can easily tell the age of a parakeet
by the black bars on its forehead. A young bird that’s under 4 months will have
black bars down to its cere, namely the fleshy part above its beak. Specimens
that are older won’t have those bars. You should look for young budgies since
they are easier to train.
The sex of the pet only matters if you
have a specific preference in terms of color or personality. For the males, the
cere is blue while for females it is a light blue, brown or beige. Male
parakeets also tend to be slightly better talkers but young and healthy birds
of either sex can become great talkers with the right training.
If the person you’re purchasing the bird
from has a wide variety of healthy and active pets then you can pick whichever
bird looks best to you based on appearance. Since parakeets come in a huge
array of beautiful colors
, it is easy to find a color
combination that will look good to you.
They’re not cheap
Taking care of a parakeet is not cheap
since they are high maintenance pets. Before purchasing the pet you’ll need to
take into consideration the price of a comfortably large cage as well as
entertainment paraphernalia such as toys, play gyms, swings and more.
Getting this pet can be quite expensive
in the initial stage but after the first month, you’ll only need to account for
food and medical expenses with the occasional toy here and there. You do get a
whole life of fun in return and for most pet parents this is a fair deal.