So, my wife and daughter and I stopped at a Starbucks for a coffee after an afternoon movie and as we were lounging I noticed a small yellow parakeet had landed on the sidewalk about three feet from the front door. I knew it must have escaped from a nearby house or apartment and in the 100 degree Houston heat it wouldn't last long. I stepped outside and approached the little bird (male) and got my hand around its body without it moving much. As I attempted to grab him he flew off about 15 feet in the air for about 50 feet and then landed in some grass. I took the small paper sack that our bread came in and walked over and was able to capture him safely. We drove directly over to PetsMart and bought a small cage, some bedding and food. I have never owned a bird but have wanted one so we decided to try to save the little guy. It was suggested that we give him water and food and a soft place to lay if he wants to use it inside the cage and then cover it with towels for about 12 hours so he can calm down from the stress. I left the food and water boxes directly on the bottom of the cage so he wouldn't have to fly up to get to them. He was sitting on the edge of the food box for about four or five hours. A little while ago he moved to one of the wooden perches. Anyone have any advice ? What about about getting him a female friend ? I think it is good that he moved up to one of the lower perches.