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Hadi - 2012-03-01
Hi, I have one pair of plum headed parakeets.
I have some questions:

1.One of males eye has problem and is closed! What should I do?
2.How big a cage should they be in?
3.How can I train them?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-01
    Eye closed? This could be an injury but it could also be an allergy. If it is an allergy, the eye(s) should eventually be fine. If it is an injury - you might went to check it and wash with warm water. You could put just a little dab of vaseline on the eye border. Train them? If you have a pair, they are just going to do what they wish to do. It would be very difficult to train them - even to just 'step up' as they will bond with each other. Housing requirements, check out this article on Animal World Parakeet Housing
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-10
    No, they do not tolerate cold temperatures or even extremely hot but definitely not cold.
  • Tracy - 2012-05-09
    You might need to take your bird into the vet about the closing of it. I don't know but do you know how rare these birds are? you should have them in a flight cage or avary with lots of space to fly around and If you had their wings clipped professionaly and then handled them about an hour every day it will not take anytime to train these birds. Have they layed eggs yet? They are hard to breed in captivity. there is a few tricks I could teach you if your are going to breed them. Let me know.
  • Pegasus - 2013-03-29
    I have an infant Plumhead.... hardly 2-3 weeks old. Are u familiar with handling such small ones? Would u please tell me how to take care of these birds, regarding diet, hand feeding, enclosure, training etc...???
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loveeta lewis - 2013-03-27
My alexandrine male parrot has got a red pinkish colour in his left eye, from the past two days he is just drowsy but eats food, he has a lot of pain and doesn't come in my hand. Please suggest me which drops to put in his eyes? Please I request you.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-27
    The red/pink color could indicate conjunctivitis, or another eye problem. Usually red eyes are accompanied by the eye watering, often they will have respiratory problems as well. The bird should be quarantined from any other pets and taken to a vet for diagnosis. Most likely an antibiotic or antifungal treatments will be needed.
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Nastia - 2003-08-18
In February 2003 I received my baby "Polley". I took him out of nest myself and never since has he left my site. Polley comes to work with me even on leave. He is the boss at my table and not scared of dogs or cats, if they come close to his gage he bites them and even then says "Moenie my byt nie, hoor jy!" He loves to play with shiny things and talks all day long. I am still teaching him new words; he already learned over 20 different words.

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  • John - 2013-03-26
    Aww polley want a cracker?
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jayashree - 2013-03-25
Hi, I am gonna get a pair of cocktail chicks. Is It necessary to get a pair or single is good. AlreadyI I have 5 months old Alexandria. Can I use the same cage for my cocktails or they should be separated. Will cocktail and Alexandria fight?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-25
    Cockatiels can be kept singly, in pairs, or in groups. Generally a separate cage is best for different bird species, unless the enclosure is very large such as an outdoor aviary. But because both birds are young, they may get along okay. Keep an eye on them if you put them together.
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jayashree - 2013-03-24
Hi, my 5 months old Alexandria created an whistle sound and immediately I stared talking to him he try to mimic hello. And sometime he mumble too. So, I just want to know, is it a initial stage of talking or normal behavior?

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ali - 2013-03-22
hi. i have a 3-4 years old alexendrine parakeet male. He sometimes continuously raised his head upward and just rotate it from side to side. plz tell me whats the reason behind it bcz i purchased it from someone, i asked him also, but he says me that it is not problem, it is there natural behaviour. plz guide me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    I tend to agree with the person you got it from... natural behavior and not a problem.
  • jayashree - 2013-03-24
    Sometimes my Alexandria will also behave like this. Its a normal behavior nothing to worry.
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Trish - 2013-03-13
I am looking to get a budgie, but I don't want to buy it from a pet store. I would like to purchase from a breeder. Does anyone know of any breeders in the North Dallas, Texas area?

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  • Teresa - 2013-03-14
    Trish, I was use to large parrots - as I've aged, my grandsons took the umbrella cockatoo and the timneh grey, and I down-scaled to the budgies. I did a LOT of research and personal visits to different pet stores and local breeders...I know parrots! Anyway, I purchased Butch & Sundance at PETCO. They are the best. It was my experience that the breeders wanted 2 to 3 times the price, and the birds weren't very socialized at all. Are you familiar with the parrot breed? Best of luck - you obviously will make the best purchase for what's available in your area. :)
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Renee - 2013-03-11
Hi I've taken over care of a 2-1/2yr Female alexandrine it was hand raised.. The issue is when me or my husband get close to pat it or hold it it attacks pretty quick but when my 4yr son goes to talk and pat it the bird enjoys him and allows him to touch, Is there any chance this bird will grow to like me??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-11
    That is great it picked your 4 year old.  That will be a special friendship for the boy.  Be persistant but not too pushy ang it will turn around.
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Jayant - 2013-03-08
I have a Budgerigar which does not have a companion. Surprisingly, it has laid three eggs within seven days. How on earth it is possible? Moreover, it breaks the eggs after a few hours. Please fulfill my curiosity: anyone...

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-08
    Many female birds will still lay eggs regardless of whether there is a male around or not - the eggs are just not fertilized. Similar to how we get chicken eggs. As to why your bird is breaking the eggs, I'm not sure. She may know they are not viable and is trying to get rid of them.
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Mike - 2012-12-20
A general set of observations about our Plumhead Parrot. Ours (like others here!) is called Jade, a good cross-gender name as we don't know the sex yet. It was raised from just before fledging (so older than usual) and was difficult to feed, making cute 'I'm hungry' noises but not taking to the syringe at all well. It was raised with a Cockatiel and they are now inseparable- even calling to each other from separate rooms and sleeping in the same cage at night. Jade likes many foods, not at all difficult to feed, including seed, corn kernels, fruit and parrot pellets. It also eats grubs! Both birds plus another baby we have still have baby mix once or twice a day. Plummies have a strong beak which is also quite sharp but they don't appear to bite through anger, it's just that Jade likes to chew skin on my thumb! They are strong flyers, very fast and agile, but it pays to cover glass windows and doors as young birds have no idea of the danger from glass. When young they are also a bit clumsy when it comes to landing, especially on shoulders. We love our little guy heaps, despite being one of several hand-raised birds that have the run of the house or verandah or both.

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  • Terri Coker - 2013-03-05
    I purchased a 4yr old Plum last week. He had been in a aviary/pet store the whole time. I was told he's never talked but with 3 days he is saying I love you, Hi, and what'cha doing. He doesn't know how to step up, but is calming down and letting me feed him by hand. My questions is, should they have grit? Not sure of the benefits. I am giving him a calcium supplement and he is progressing well to fresh foods but not to pellets yet. My email is onsitefirstaid@aol.com in case I can't get my book mark to work for this page. Your advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-05
    Hi Terri, On your question about grit... gravel and/or grit is used by birds to help break down seed in the digestion process, but it is only needed for birds that eat the seed whole, like pigeon's and doves. Parrots will hull their seeds and nuts and eat only the soft inner parts, so grit/gravel is not a requirement in their diet. They do need a source of calcium, which you are providing with the mineral block, and you can also use cuttlebone for this.
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