It seems I need some parakeet/budgie information.
Something I’ve always wanted is a cockatiel, parakeet, or a conure, and had planned to buy one this summer. A friend of mine knew this and when a friend of hers asked her to take their parakeet because it needs a new home (and my friend has had them before) she thought of me and called me this morning.
From what I understand it is a younger male....between 2 to 4 maybe, and is neither friendly nor unfriendly. It seems Mr Bird just hasn’t been handled much as the kids lost interest. Mr Bird comes with everything, including some food, so it would seem I’m getting a bird ahead of my plans. And because my friend called way too early in the morning..before the caffeine fully kicked in!
I’ve been reading up on birds for years and have extensive wild bird and farmyard bird experience, but this will be my first indoor bird…that is, one that isn’t rehabbing from an injury, orphaned but being raised to return to the wild, or because I’m bird sitting, bird.
What kinds of questions should I be sure to ask the owners when I go to pick him up?
While I’ve handled parakeets before, it was generally brief. What things do I need to be aware of that are specific to them?