Hi everyone! My name is Tracy and my 12 year old son, Luke, just got his very first parakeet last night. We were told that he is 4 months old. My son named him Frost. The lady at the pet store said it was too early to determine if he's a boy or girl. (Luke's hoping he's a boy!). We are trying to read everything we can find about caring for parakeets and are so happy we came across this website and forum! LOTS of awesome information here!
One question I have about adding another parakeet: we bought Frost from a locally owned pet store and he was in a cage with several other parakeets. We will most likely get a second parakeet next week from the same place. Since they have been in the same cage together already, is it still necessary to quarantine?
Frost is already starting to show signs of getting a little more comfortable with us. Last night, he kept his back to us the whole time, but today, he faces us and has even mimicked my son's clucking noises a couple times, and chirped a few times quietly when he heard a video of other parakeets chirping. He hasn't eaten or drank any water yet, so hopefully he will later today. We bought the same seed mix that the store has been feeding, and have also offered some spray millet, but he hasn't eaten any just yet.
I'm sure we will have all kinds of other questions in the next several days/weeks/months, so thank you in advance for being patient with us!