Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: sunny San Diego (California)
Parakeets (budgies) are awesome! Having grown up with them, I can tell you that they're some of my favorite types of birds... and I've been around most domestic and exotic species. On average, they live between 5-8 years... Anyway, parakeets can be super friendly and playful (if they are socialized properly) and it's always a treat to hear them speak! They have a tendency to mimic particular words and phrases after a while-- it's hilarious!
As for food... I agree with Mygala in not being a fan of Hartz. We have always used fortified blends from Kaytee, like Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Parakeet Food and Kaytee Fiesta MAX Bird Food for Parakeets because fortified blends include fruits, nuts and veggies in addition to the types of seeds that parakeets like. I'm not sure how big their cage is, but I hope it's big enough for them to stretch their wings as well as move about from perch to perch. Otherwise, they might not get enough exercise to stay healthy. BTW, it's important that they receive plenty of physical and mental stimulation on a regular basis so that they don't get bored... so, be sure they have more than one perch as well as some toys (mirror, dangling toys, a swing and ladder) to keep them occupied. Boredom is NOT good for birds-- it not only stresses them out, but it lowers their immune system and causes them to become aggressive.
One more thing... Parakeets LOVE attention! Be sure to give them plenty of attention!
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