September 26th, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Parakeets (Budgerigars or Budgies, as they are sometimes called) make great first pets for families. There are more than 120 species of parakeets and they come in a rainbow of colors. The word “parakeet” means long tail, and these small members of the parrot family can live 15-25 years.
Parakeets are lively pets with big personalities. They are also good talkers and do best at mimicking the higher pitched voices of women and children, which delights little ones. Parakeets tend to be much quieter than other birds, which will please your neighbors.
Their small size makes them more economical pets than larger parrots, as they require smaller, less expensive cages and toys.
While many birds tend to bond strongly with only one person, parakeets are vey social and can get to know the whole family. When given lots of love and attention, they tame quickly.
The best way to start is to wrap your parakeet in a small towel with only its head exposed. Cup him gently in one hand and scratch the back of his head with the other. As he calms down, pick up a small piece of apple or grape with your free hand and slowly release the tension on the towel. He’ll end up sitting in your other hand enjoying his treat before you know it.