Blue Parakeets: A Complete Guide Before You Get One

Parakeets, also known as budgies, make great pets if you are properly prepared for them and so long as you know what to expect. Like all animals, blue parakeets have pros and cons. If you have been considering getting a blue parakeet, here is everything you should know!

So, what should you know before getting a blue parakeet? Before acquiring a blue parakeet as a pet, you should know that these parakeets live from 15-20 years, they love attention, and they need bird toys in their cages for mental stimulation and fun. They make great pets and are relatively low-maintenance birds.

Blue parakeets are friendly birds with unique personalities, but there are many different contributors to understanding what owning a blue parakeet will be like. So, what are the most important things to know before buying a blue parakeet? Read on for everything you’ll need to know.


The Life Expectancy of a Blue Parakeet

Blue parakeets have a life expectancy of 15-20 years, which is a rather big time commitment that you should plan for. Blue parakeets outlive most cats, dogs, and other small mammals, so if you have any big life changes happening in the next couple of decades which might make taking care of this cute bird a difficult task, maybe this wouldn’t be the best pet for you.

The Diet of a Blue Parakeet

In the wild, blue parakeets eat seeds and vegetation. Knowing this can help you try to provide a similar diet. Having bird seed as the main source of food is fine, however, it should not be the only thing you are feeding your bird.

Blue parakeets need seed along with fruits and vegetables in order to maintain a healthy diet. Some common fruits and vegetables that parakeets enjoy are broccoli, carrots, apple, cucumber, and other produce.

If you only feed your parakeet bird seed, there is a good chance of diet issues associated with malnutrition.

As far as drinking goes, blue parakeets need fresh water. Parakeets not only drink from their water dishes, but they also bathe in them. Changing the water (clean and filtered) at least twice, daily is necessary in order to provide a clean environment for your bird.

It is a good idea to keep two or even three water dishes on hand, as you can easy sanitize and switch them out daily.

Knowing Signs of Illness

As the main provider of your blue parakeet, you are responsible for any health issues that arise. Even though blue parakeets are overall pretty healthy birds, it is important to be aware of the signs of bad health.

To know when your bird is getting sick and needs medical attention, look for changes in appetite, discoloration or differences in the consistency of their feces.

Lastly, look at changes in behavior or aggression. These can all be signs of an unhealthy bird.

Living Conditions for Parakeets

Imagine living in a 100 square foot house; eating there, sleeping there, going to the bathroom there and never being able to leave. That would be pretty frustrating to say the least, especially when you have the desire to fly.

Keep that in mind when picking out a bird cage for your new family pet. Most bird cages are too small and confined for the kind of space a bird needs to live happily. Choose a bigger size cage, but make sure it is designed for smaller birds with smaller cage bars.

Unlike other birds, budgies will try to stay active no matter what size cage they are in, so giving them a big enough space to do so is ideal. These bird’s respiratory systems actually rely on this exercise to work properly.


As birds do well in most home temperatures, it is important to note if you like your home warmer or colder. The bird may suffer in any above or below room temperature conditions.

When placing the bird’s cage somewhere in your home, be sure not to place it where direct sunlight will reach it constantly, and try to avoid areas with a constant cold draft such as by an air vent.

Keeping a roosting box, which is a wood box with a small entry hole for the bird, helps to keep the bird warm also. Having a roosting box inside the cage provides a way for your blue parakeet to seek warmth if needed.

Cage Life

Your parakeet is going to spend the majority of its life in its cage, so it is very important to keep it as clean as possible to make for the best living situation. Cleanliness is next to birdliness. A clean cage is a happy cage!

In order to make sure your bird’s cage stays clean, first, change the water out daily. Avoid any chemicals around the bird’s cage. Instead, use baking soda if you need to clean any stuck on bird droppings. Use newspaper or wood chips to cover the bottom of the bird cage.

A clean cage is a happy cage!

These two materials absorb moisture and also dries fast. You don’t have to clean the newspaper or wood chippings as often as the water, but at least once a week would be ideal for a clean cage. The more often you are cleaning your bird’s cage, the less you have a huge mess to deal with.

Blue Parakeets Need Bird Toys

Parakeets will spend about 22 hours a day in a cage, while the other two usually playing with owners or flying around. 22 hours a day is a long time, so parakeets need toys to play with. Give your bird a lot of different options as far as toys go.

Different textures, colors, sounds; things they can rip up, chew on or swing on! An important note is to make sure the toys you are getting are made for small birds. Blue parakeets can get their head or feet stuck or injured in larger toys not meant for their size.

These types of birds have a lot of intelligence that require mental stimulation to keep them from getting bored and stressed easily, then acting out. Toys are a great way to keep your bird in its best mental state by keeping it stimulated.

Human interaction is especially encouraged to keep your bird happy and healthy!

Blue Parakeets Need Attention

These birds really are able to thrive in stimulating environments, whether that be with humans or even other birds. Having at least one other parakeet in the cage improves the quality and overall happiness of the bird.

Take the time to play with your bird, teach it new tricks, and help it fulfill its social hour by just having fun!

Birds need attention, and can even be driven to bad behaviors such as biting and screaming if not given enough attention. When deciding whether this is the best pet for you and your family, consider the amount of time you’ll be spending at home.

If you won’t be home very often, this pet might not be for you!

Blue Parakeets: Cute and Friendly

Blue parakeets can be fun, social and energetic birds that make a great addition to your family and home. Knowing these important subjects before you get your new bird can help you decide whether this is the right choice for you, and help you prepare for the fun you might be getting into.

Now that you are educated about everything you should know before you get a blue parakeet, you should be a pro. Enjoy your fun new friend!

Related Questions

How much does a blue parakeet cost? Blue parakeets cost anywhere between $10-$60. This can depend on their age, where you buy them from, and if they are in good health. If it feels like you are paying next to nothing for a blue parakeet, you might want to take a closer look at the place trying to sell you the bird. Pay for a blue parakeet that is in good health and from a good breeder or a pet store that has a good reputation.

Is there a difference between a parakeet and a budgie? Parakeets and budgies are the same species. They are called parakeets in the United States and budgies to the rest of the world. Their scientific name is the Melopsittacus undulatus. According to Wikipedia, the parakeet or budgie is the only species in the genus Melopsittacus.

Bestseller No. 1
Deloky 8 Packs Bird Swing Chewing Toys- Parrot Hammock Bell Toys Suitable for Small Parakeets, Cockatiels, Conures, Finches,Budgie,Macaws, Parrots, Love Birds Opens in a new tab.
  • ✔ What you get :Package include 8 pieces difference type bird entertaining toys to meet your various needs for bird parrots,perfect size for parrotlets, parakeets, cockatiels, lovebirds and etc.
  • ✔ Multi-function bird toy: they are designed to let your bird's feet have rest while also offer exercise opportunities for your birds to keep healthy and fit. Provides your little bird an ideal elevated place to swing, chew and climb.
  • ✔ Safe to chew : Our wooden blocks chew toys are made from 100% natual wood and dyed by edible pigments.It is totally handmade,therefore safe for the pets and will not harm them.
  • ✔ Easy to install : All parakeet cage accessories toy come with an active hook that simply attaches to the top of the pet cage for easy installation.
  • ✔ GUARANTEE: If you are not satisfied for any reason, just return for a refund of your purchase price; we promise 24 hours customer support, please feel free to contact us for any product&order problem.
Bestseller No. 2
Super Bird Creations SB541 Crinkle Crinkle Little Star,Varies Opens in a new tab.
  • For small birds – The Crinkle crinkle little Star bird toy by Super Bird Creations is the perfect size for perfect size for Parrotlets, Parakeets, Cockatiels, Lovebirds and similarly sized pet birds.
  • Design features – This delightful bird toy is crafted with the finest quality natural vine components, colorful Plastic beads, crinkle shred and bird-safe hardware. Utilizing a diverse selection of stimulating materials, colors, textures and shapes make Super Bird Creations toys of maximum interest to pet birds.
  • Enrichment benefits - The Crinkle little Star bird toy is designed to not only entertain but also to satisfy a pet bird's instinctual drive to chew. Birds will also enjoy pulling and preening the Crinkle shred.
  • Relieves boredom – properly designed bird toys are more than “just toys”. Super Bird Creations parrot toys are “playthings with a purpose” that help to ward off boredom, depression, aggression and destructive behaviors in parrots by stimulating physical activity, curiosity and mental engagement.
  • Bird safe components & design – Recommended by avian professionals worldwide, our products are expertly designed to maximize the safety and enrichment benefits to pet parrots. Bird owners can be confident that only the finest toy components are used. Proudly assembled in the USA since 1992.
Bestseller No. 3
ESRISE 7 Pcs Bird Parrot Toys, Hanging Bell Pet Bird Cage Hammock Swing Climbing Ladders Toy Wooden Perch Chewing Toy for Small Parrots, Conures, Love Birds, Small Parakeets Cockatiels, Finche Opens in a new tab.
  • 🐦【Package List】: 7 packs different types conure toys (2 chewing toys, 2 hanging bells toys, 3 bird swing toys) meet your birds parrot various needs for having fun.
  • 🐦【Bright Colorful Toys】: Pet birds like bright color, the swing cage toy are colorful and beautiful, the bell and chewing toy will attract your birds to play and chew.
  • 🐦【Safety & Bite Resistant】: The parrot swing toys are made of natural wood and non-toxic ABS materials, which is safe and durable for your bird to chew and stand. They gives them harmless place to do that.
  • 🐦【Mental and Physical Workout】: The bird toys is durable and strong, the bird swing is the good place for your pet to rest or exercise. Pet birds love to peck and chew. Bell string and rattan ball bite make your pet love.
  • 🐦【Wide Use】: You can enjoy the happy time with pets and get spiritual pleasure, suitable for anchovies, parakeets, parrots , perfect size for small parakeets cockatiels, conures, macaws, love birds, finches.

Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer loves animals! Jennifer used to work in animal rescue but she brought too many of them home so she had to stop. She loves caring for and sharing her knowledge for all kinds of pets. She has been part of the Embora Pets team since 2018.

Recent Content