i've had a bunch of parakeets over the years and i'm always surprised when i hear how long they're supposed to live. the oldest one i ever had was about 7 years. most of mine live 2-4 years, it seems. i am a pretty good pet owner, so i am wondering, how long do your parakeets live? or, how old are your current keets?
here's a quick rundown (over the past 21 years):
feathers: died at 7. liver problems.
beaker: 4-5 years old. don't remember how he died.
mango: 5 years old. was sick towards end. died from beak trimming at vet's (she had a very overgrown beak). guessing it was a heart attack.
peter: died at about two years. reasons unknown.
kiwi: found dead on bottom of cage floor. no previous signs of illness. less than 2 years old.
palo: 3 years old when put to sleep. was suffering horribly and despite treatment and vet visits, wasn't getting any better.
kirby: found dead on bottom on cage floor. no previous signs of illness. less than 1 year old.
beaksworth: age unknown (adopted from pet store). died during nail trimming (?!?!?) at pet store. i am guessing heart attack.
i almost hesitate to post this 'cause i know some people are going to jump me and think i am a bad bird owner. but i'm not. two died of really odd reasons (beak/nail trimmings). all of these birds were bought from pet stores and not breeders. most of them lived alone (no cagemate).
thoughts? how long do your parakeets live?
please be nice!