Meet Amelia (left) and Roger (right):
Beth won a gift certificate for a free parakeet a few months ago. Yesterday, we finally redeemed that gift certificate. We waited a while in order to have warm weather for transportation and so we could learn as much about having parakeets as possible. We learned that they like to have companions, so we got two. The place we bought them from is a breeder with a really nice store in East Brunswick. They had all sorts of baby parrots. The conservationist side of me feels some guilt as to the original origins of these species. Our parakeets ancestors were probably brought over to the US a long time ago, but there's still some heavy trade in the larger parrot species.
In any event, we've given these parakeets a nice big cage, lots of food, and a bunch of toys to play with. They're a bit nervous around us now and they just sort of sit there. We handled them a bit yesterday and I got some nice nips on my fingers for it. We had them out and walking on our carpet too. We'll keep you posted on the progress of our "kids."