Owning a Parakeet doesn't have to be scary or intimidating. Parakeets are actually the most easiest of birds to take care of. Because of their small size, they're able to live in a smaller area, then say...a full sized Macaw.
The Basics to owning a Parakeet (Or Budgie as they're also referred to as) are as follows:
♥ Buying a decent sized cage for your Parakeet. If you're only getting one Parakeet, a cage like This
♥ Make sure to buy bird food. Some pet stores will sell various types of seeds for different birds. Make sure the kind you're getting is specific for parakeets. Sometimes seeds will be for multiple birds, so just check the pictures. Normally I go to Walmart and get This
♥ If you have decided to only purchase one Parakeet, you need to make sure you have enough time to socialize with it. Parakeets in the wild are social animals. They gather in flocks, so they're not used to being alone. If you don't have the time to spend with it, maybe don't get one right now. The other alternative is to get a pair of Parakeets, so at least they have each other for companionship.
♥ Again if you are getting one Parakeet, be sure to give it toys. Parakeets LOVE to play with bells, plastic rings, and mirrors. It's important to give them a mirror, because if they see their reflection they will think they aren't alone and talk to themselves during the times you're not with them.
♥ Cuddle bone and vitamin blocks are good for parakeets. Cuddle Bone
is good for giving them calcium and will help with keeping their beaks sharpened and from over growing. Also you can get perch covers which are covered with sandpaper that help keep their nails trimmed. But some Parakeets will like to chew on things, and they will chew on that too, so be aware of that.
♥ Parakeets can come in a variety of colors. From the basic yellow/green and blue/white but there are other variations. Be sure the color of parakeet that interests you!
♥ When choosing a Parakeet, if you want an adult male, the Cere
will be bright blue. On a female it will be milky white. If you come across a cere that is pink, that means the parakeet hasn't matured sexually and it could be either or.
♥ Some things to consider when getting a Parakeet. If you get a male, he'll most likely be loud. Males are very vocal, and will chatter or squawk. Most times when they are in a flock, they'll just sit and chatter among themselves. The more parakeets the LOUDER it'll get. Females are normally quiet, and don't normally make noise unless a male is nearby. Be cautious about females however, like chickens they may start laying infertile eggs around breeding season*.
*More about breeding parakeets in another section
♥ If possible, acquire a parakeet and at a young age, and from a breeder. Someone who hand raises them and sells them directly to people and not through stores. Hand tamed parakeets will be a lot easier to handle for a beginner (Even though the price of a hand-tamed one will be significantly more than a store bought one. But I really think it's worth it.)
However if you cannot find a breeder and a pet store is your best bet, then in the next section we'll talk about taming parakeets.
♥ If you get a Parakeet at a pet store, have the store accociate helping you, to clip ONE of their wings. This will help you later when you are taming it. Clipping one wing, will put them off balance and keep them from flying around the room. If they have both wings whole, they can fly up high and end up getting somewhere you can't retrieve them, or hurt themselves while erratically flying