Parakeets need love and attention just like other pets.

A hawk killed a Peoria boy’s parakeet and then got stuck in the pet’s cage.
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A well-behaved and sociable pet parakeet can be a pleasure to interact with. An anti-social, territorial bird who dislikes certain members of your family is not as pleasant, however. Before you can think about letting your parakeet out of his cage, you need to make sure he's responsive to you and well socialized. Parakeets can be possessive, territorial and aggressive. When this behavior is being displayed toward humans, it's an indication the bird has not been fully tamed. It's not a good idea to let an untamed or aggressive bird out of the cage because he might attack people in the home; your methods for dealing with the behavior will be limited if your bird is loose in your home.
The family plans to buy another parakeet after holding a memorial for Petey.
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Parakeets make for fun and entertaining pets, without requiring a lot of maintenance or cost. Given the proper care, parakeets can live as long as 10 to 14 years--nearly as long as cats and dogs. The folowing ten tips will give you the information you need to raise happy, healthy birds! A hawk killed a Peoria boy’s parakeet and then got stuck in the pet’s cage.
Photo provided by FlickrParakeets will bond closely with their pet parents if the time is taken to hand tame them.
Photo provided by FlickrSAGAMIHARA, Japan — A pet parakeet was returned to its Japanese owner Wednesday after the brainy bird told police its home address near Tokyo.
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If you have a single bird, a mirror is practically a must. A lone parakeet will enjoy your company, but a mirror helps them feel less alone when you are not around. You can also buy bird stand-ins from pet stores to give your keet company, but that seems rather silly to me. Consider getting a second bird for ideal level of companionship for your parakeet. However, you may want to keep multiple birds separate when they are young so they will learn to bond with humans rather than just other birds.Not much is known about this pet bird, which joined the Eisenhower family in early 1954. We do know that Gabby, despite his name, wasn’t known to speak. Apparently the parakeet wanted to let the president do all the talking.All in all, parakeets make great pets. They won't cost you a lot of money nor do they require a lot of your time. Just follow the simple steps above for caring for your parakeet and it will live a long and healthful life. These beautiful little additions to your family will bring you joy each day and all they will ask for in return is a little love and caring. *New* I've added a page with further information on parakeets.Like any pets, parakeets require regular veterinary care, so be sure you’re willing and able to provide that before you buy one. Parakeets are prone to tumors, mites, bacterial infections, and other conditions related to nutritional deficiencies.Overall, parakeets areåÊfun petsåÊto have. A common misconception is that they are not that interactive, but that is far from the truth. With proper attention and care, you can form a strong bond with your pet parakeet. Plus, with their inquisitive nature, they will keep you entertained for hours.If you are considering a pet parakeet, learn the possible reasons you might want another animal in this free pet care video clip.

Expert: Elizabeth Cantu
Bio: Elizabeth Cantu has owned and been working with parrots since 1994. She has been active in captive parrot rescue and rehabilitation.
Filmmaker: julio costilla