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Choosing a Parakeet

If you're thinking of buying a pet parakeet, the first things to ask yourself - or whoever the parakeet is for - are: Why do you want the bird? Who will look after it, clean it, and talk to it? Have you - or they - kept a pet parakeet before? Is there a suitable location for the cage, away from direct sunlight, cold spots, and busy kitchens?

After addressing these issues, talk to other parakeet owners or breeders, check out the Omlet Parakeet Guide and other online resources, ask questions in online forums, and generally become a bit of a parakeet nerd before choosing your pet.

Blue cobalt budgie parakeet
A splendid male parakeet of the Blue cobalt variety

All parakeets look beautiful, whatever plumage they have, but there are more important things to bear in mind than color. How old is the parakeet? Is used to human company? Is it male or female?

The rest of this section of the Guide, and the sections on parakeet keeping and parakeet cages that follow, will equip you with everything you need before your pet parakeets are brought home.

Customer Images

My show cross chick
A pair of curious, white budgies


Sandrea, 3 September 2021

Very dangerous to keep a bird in the kitchen it can be poisoned by fumes Never ever put your bird in there it will surely die and is stupid also never spray air fresheners in any bird rooms it’s poisonous to birds

Nigel, 28 May 2021

Leave them out of the kitchen, because grease and oils in the air can be harmful.

Sandra, 17 May 2021

Hi! I was just reading the question if there is a place for the parakeet away from a busy kitchen... Why away from a busy kitchen? Just curious to know... Thank you!

Essam, 29 March 2021

For the sake of loving birds, they love a company of there kind, always let them out of there cage, let them feel there freely life, even when they in your home, So they can feel happy and live longer.