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All About Parakeets: A Great Bird for a First-Time

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My favorite bird is the Parakeet, they are so social and the perfect pet for first-time bird owners or for the person who lives in an apartment. Parakeets do well as one, or you can have more than one with the proper cage to house them in. If you want the Parakeet to bond with you and your family, I recommend having one.

When Alone your Pet Bird Will Interact With You

As long as you spend some quality time with the bird. The Parakeet is easy to take care of, but they need attention and also the right size cage.

I have several parakeets and I have their wings clipped by an Avian Veterinarian, I do this so my pet birds will not injure themselves when out of their cages for exercise in their play gyms. The Parakeets come in beautiful colors and they are very entertaining with their antics.

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Bird Cages Are Very Important

you have to have the right size cage for your pet birds, the bar size and area has to fit your pet's size to avoid injury and proper room to spread their wings and climb around. My Birds enjoy the time out of their cages for exercise on the play stands and gyms and playtime with the other Parakeets.

I have the room in my home, so I keep one Parakeet in a birdcage and they seem to prefer it that way. You can teach a Parakeet to say a few words, they sing and are very entertaining. With the right food and care, they will make a great companion.

I would recommend a Parakeet for the first time bird owner, and they make great gifts for someone who is ready for the commitment of bird ownership.

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I purchased a lavender color parakeet for my Granddaughter for her Birthday and she really enjoys playing and teaching her new pet words and songs, but my Daughter said the most important lesson is taking care of her new bird and teaching my Granddaughter responsibility.

Make sure you purchase your Birds from reputable breeders, for healthy Parakeets. You can look up breeders on the Internet or from your Veterinarians or friends who have Birds.

Ask questions make sure you keep them on the diets they are being fed, you can introduce new foods gradually and keep your new pet clean and very important the purchase the right size bird cage for them to live in. With the proper care and food and most important family interaction, you can have your new companion around a long time.

Parakeet Food and Housing

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Parakeets are very popular pet birds, and they also go by the name budgerigars (or budgies). Unlike the massive bird cages needed for large birds like the macaw, parakeets are fairly small birds and can be housed in more reasonably sized bird cages.

These pet birds are active and quite social, which makes them excellent companion birds. Most parakeets are yellow, blue, and/or green with black markings on the head and wings. They can be very chattery and sometimes a parakeet can even learn to talk. 


You can buy birdseed mixes specifically for parakeet feeding, that contain mostly millet. Parakeet bird food doesn't always contain enough vitamins for your bird. Soluble vitamin drops can be used in the water or treats of green or yellow vegetables are a healthy alternative. You can use a simple dish for a bird feeder.


These are not large birds, but they still need a birdcage that is large enough for their active lifestyle. A parakeet should be able to turn around and flap its wings completely without touching the sides of its birdcage. The bars of the birdcage should be fairly close together: less than ½ inch or greater than 1 inch apart. 

Not only do you not want your bird to escape, but you also have to make sure it doesn't get its head stuck between the bars. If the cage is large enough, you can house two or more parakeets together. They are social birds and will enjoy the company when you are not around to entertain them.

General Care

Like with any pet bird, water should be changed daily and the food container should be emptied of discarded seed shells and other debris on a regular basis. You can keep their feathers clean and shiny with a short spritz of warm water every week. You might even let them splash in a birdbath occasionally. A heated birdbath would be quite a treat for your parakeet. 

There should be bird toys and perches in their cage, but you should also take time to take them out for play. Parakeets are very active and enjoy the exercise. They do like to fly and getting the feathers of their wings clipped will help keep your birds from becoming hard to manage when they are out of their cage.

Parakeets live for 10-15 years so they are a sizable responsibility and should be considered a long-term pet. You can always learn more about the parakeet by subscribing to a bird magazine that specializes in these pet birds.

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