Alright, obviously, there are lots of these. However, getting these keets was not as much of a choice as an obligation. My boyfriend's mother got a pair of keets for her...less than savory boyfriend. Mere days later, they broke up. This led me to believe SHE had wanted the birds, so I got them toys and asked her about them often to win some points with her. She took good enough care of them, especially for not wanting them, so I was blindsided when she asked me if I knew anyone who wanted a pair of keets. ((Because of the color of the ceres, I'm led to believe one is a boy and one is a girl, so I assume since they aren't trying to hurt each other that they are some level of bonded.)) Now, a friend of mine was a cockatiel breeder back in the day and he still has a cockatiel and a conure. He doesn't like keets because they're too flighty for his tastes. But all his birds had seemed to like me well, so instead of letting her just give them to any old person who wandered by, I told her I'd take them and started doing research. I happen to work at a pet store, so getting them toys, better food, and other such things will be no problem once I'm back from sick leave(sprained ankle), and I own five rats already, so fresh foods are available that they can both partake of. I know a bit about bird trust thanks to my friend, and should I need it, he's also proficient at clipping wings and would more than willingly teach me how. Now, I've got questions only experienced keet owners can answer.
These birds are young, maybe a few months to a half year. She never took them out, never handled them beyond changing the food and cleaning the poo tray. I felt bad for that, so today I tried to give them a little love. They flew away from my hand in a panic, so I backed up and let them be for now until I could learn more. I have a few rescue rats that act the same, and time was the most important factor to them letting me touch and eventually hold them. I whistled to them for a while, then turned on the TV to play some video games for a while.
Now, I know they need more room than that cage. It's an alright size, especially since they're so tiny, but letting them out is my ultimate goal. But I'm terrified. We have two couches, one sits a few feet in front of the other, so I'm scared they'll get down behind them where I can't get to them, or under them and stuck in the footrest mechanisms. Then we have this huge entertainment center, really tall, that I'm scared they'll fly to the top of and never come down. I don't want to clip their wings, but I don't want them getting where I can't get them either. I've heard some people suggest bird nets for extremely untame birds so they get that feeling of freedom and you can get them back, but I don't want that for them. I want them to love me and not be scared.
When my rats eventually pass (Two are getting very close, one's halfway, and two are still fairly young) I plan on putting my new feathered friends in their critter nation, since it's a nice big cage I think they'd appreciate and the girls I have left are only going to live another couple of years for all of them, a small portion of a keet's life. Anyone ever keep keets in one? It's just a single. I got two extra platforms for my girlies to give them extra room; I figure I could take the plastic platforms off and let them use the wire in the middle for hanging hammocks as extra perches. Unless y'all would think they'd like the plastic floors, maybe for eating fresh foods.
My only experiences with birds are with cockatiels, a pubescent African Grey, a couple of sweet conures, and a crazy lorikeet. How do parakeets differ from these larger parrots? What sort of behavior differences can I expect to see?
Because they are, I think, different genders, should I worry about them breeding? Or should I just avoid giving them a nesting box? I know my friend had no problems with his breeding pair of cockatiels laying eggs, which is scary considering I don't know the genders of these two for sure and have no experience breeding anything. ((Except snails in my fish tanks. -.- ))
Anything else you think I should know, please, point it out! Oh, and I know a very good avian vet; they work at the same place as my small animal vet, they have an excellent reputation around here for being about the animals, not the money.
Also, so you know, their names are Snow and Misty. Snow is who I think is male, he's very bright blue, and Misty is who I think is a girl, and is a very purple-y blue. Snow has a blue cere and Misty has a pink cere. They came with the names Pookie and Tootie, but I HATE bubblegum names like that, so they went out the window. It's not like she taught them their names anyways.