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Jayashree Manoharan - 2013-02-17
My 10 weeks old Alexandria always likes to sit on my shoulder and whenever he is hungry he sit on my shoulder and ask 4 food that too from my mouth. He likes mouth feeding. If I offer him that he dislikes he flew away from me and again come back to me. Only for past two days he started to fly. Is it a bad habit? If i put him inside the cage also he struggle to open it and he also sits on top of the cage (outside). Is it bad? If so how to change his behavior? Then how to give a bath and how many days once we have to give a bath. Jasmine Mam if possible give me Ur mail id. So,that I can sent u his video clips for the perfect guidance.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-17
    Flying is not a 'bad' habit. Birds fly naturally. However, if you are worried about losing your bird out a window or open door, then I highly suggest having his wings clipped so that you do not lose him permanently! Clipping his wings will not allow him to fly very far or get lost. To give him a bath just provide him with a large bowl of water on the bottom of his cage. If he wants to bathe, he will love the water and give himself a bath! Change the water daily.
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chris - 2006-12-10
I have a mixed opinion about Derbyans. Speaking abilities in birds were never a high requirement of mine so I will omit that part of vocal capabilities. I have two Derbyans. Both came from the same bird store. One which I handfed out and the other I bought later on from the same store. Both have standoffish personalities and dislike being touched. They will however tolerate being perched on a hand and seem content to extend that much of their comfort with human contact. As a veteran bird keeper I find derbyans to be rather unresponsive and quite frankly a useless pet bird if compared to conures or lories (though that is subject to opinion and individual bird personalities). They would however make gregarious aviary birds and probably enjoy that sort of setting moreso than a home environment.

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  • Renee Devera - 2011-07-23
    Chris,
    You don't sound at all as though you enjoy these birds. Do you still have them? I would be interested in purchasing a female from you, if you have one. If you don't, I would love some advice on where to get a female.
    Thank you,
    Renee
  • linda - 2013-02-16
    chris, i agree with you about the aviary part, but why then did you go and buy another one?
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Jayashree Manoharan - 2013-02-03
Hi, it's again about nane only he is an Alexandria parrot. Actually I live in an apartment so, I can't provide a huge cage for my nane. At present he is only 7 weeks old so I kept him in a card board box. But I like to give him a proper place. Is this is ok or cage is necessary? What can I do? Give me some ideas. Expecting your reply...

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  • kayla - 2013-02-03
    Eventually, your bird is going to need a cage (the appropriate size for your alexandrian parrot) I would get him a cage now so he will be accustomed to one and will be happier than just in a cardboard box because he is getting to be about the right age to be kept in a cage.
  • Justin Aside - 2013-02-11
    get the largest cage size appropriate for your bird. you may like your apt but imagine if where you lived was the size of your bathroom. the bigger .. the better.. size DOES matter in this case.
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kayla - 2013-02-03
When I let my parakeet out to fly around my room/house, will it leave a lot of droppings on the carpet, couch, bed, and ME? I can clean up some droppings but I live in an apartment and can't have my parakeet pooping a lot every time I take it out of the cage. Thanks!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-04
    I wouldn't say they will poop a lot necessarily. If you only take him/her out for relatively short periods of time you will probably only have to clean up a couple droppings. I wouldn't leave them out all day long though. That could be unsanitary. Some people are also able to train their birds to poop on command and they have them poop in their cage before they take them out.
  • Justin Aside - 2013-02-11
    approx 2 or 3 per hour. if your keet will stay on a play stand (wings clipped) then you will have an easier time cleaning up after it.
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Barbara - 2003-08-17
i have two parakeets. one has a blue nose the other has purple. are they male and female. thank you

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  • K - 2013-02-05
    yes
  • Justin Aside - 2013-02-11
    not all females will have the tan colored 'cere'.. look for 'rings' around the nostrils when in doubt.. if you see them then it's a girl :) I have a female that looks male on it's cere too.
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samuel - 2012-08-09
okay...the person who i bougth my parakeets from said one was a male and the other was a female. yet when i looked at them they both had a purple nose. i want to identify the gender

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  • Tj Nguyen - 2012-09-30
    I am not sure how it look purple nose, But if they are both have 'blue like' then they are definitely boys. Because girl has yellow or tan color.
  • Justin Aside - 2013-02-11
    Not all females will have the tan colored 'cere'.. look for 'rings' around the nostrils when in doubt.. if you see them then it's a girl :) I have a female that looks male on it's cere too.
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laura - 2012-10-02
I had two parakeets that I bought at the pet store. I had them for a one or a week in half . One morning I found that one was dead. We thought that our son did something to it, so we went and bought another bird and the next morning the other bird was dead. So we assumed that the bird killed them is there andy reason why it did this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-03
    I wouldn't assume that the other bird did it.  Did you see any scratches or signs of a fight?  It is pretty rare that birds get into that kind of fight.  I would assume that the birds are ill or for some odd reason became quite frightened and flew into the side of the cage and broke their neck. 
  • Justin Aside - 2013-02-11
    some birds DON'T want company and I have known a female keet to kill any other keet you put in her cage. so yes, they CAN kill the others. did you feel the birds to see if their neck was snapped? look under the feathers to see condition of the birds? did you have a night light to cut down on night fright (yes I've had birds die from getting night fright/scared and crash into the cage.. another broke it's wing).
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kayla - 2013-02-02
I am thinking about getting a parakeet or a lovebird. I live in an apartment and won't be able to get a bird that is very loud. Which one (parakeet or lovebird) makes lees noise? I can stand a little bit of chatter but not a very high noise level. I go to high school and will be gone about six hours a day except for weekends and want to get only one bird so it can bond with me. Will it get lonely when I'm at school? Which one will get less lonely? Which one is better for beginner bird owners? (this will be my first bird) Please help me! Thanks!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-03
    I would recommend starting out with a parakeet. They do better singly than lovebirds do and they are great birds for beginners. Lovebirds do best when they are kept as pairs, however a parakeet will be fine having only you as a companion. Parakeets also tend to not shriek as loud. A parakeet should be fine while you are at school - they may chatter a bit, but shouldn't cause any major noise problems. Lovebirds make good pets too, they just need a lot more social interaction, do better living in pairs, and can be louder.
  • kayla - 2013-02-03
    thanks!!! this helped me alot!
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alisa - 2012-10-08
Ive had my parakeets a month now. Both are males. The one is taming down a bit. He will let me hold him and pet his head and belly while only nipping occasionally. But the other one is down right mean and does not just nip he down right bites till I bleed. Any ideas.

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  • kayla - 2013-02-02
    If your bird is still biting you.. I'm guessing it is not yet tamed? Your bird is most likely biting you because he is afraid of you and doesn't know if you are a threat to him or not. The first thing you should try is teaching it to 'step up' . Put a perch in front of its belly and push gently. If your bird steps up onto the perch...great! If your bird flies away, don't worry, this is normal for an untamed bird. Be patient with your bird and try doing this several times a day. Every time your bird steps up onto the perch say 'step up' and move your finger on the percch closer and closer to the end every time, leaving the bird with less and less perch to step onto every time. Your bird will get more used to your hands and will not be as afraid. Eventually you will run out of perch for the bird to step on so now you can just use your finger! Hopefully this has gained the birds trust for you and it will be easier to teach him other tricks. And every time you want your bird to step up onto the perch, your bird will reconize that command and it will make bonding with your bird more enjoyable! Hope this helped!
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Jayashree Manoharan - 2013-02-02
Hi, i have 7 weeks old Alexandria. His name is nane and he is very playful. I used to feed him. He makes a bit of sounds. Some times he will repeat the word in the same tone. Please guide me to train my nane to talk and to do tricks and also to keep him healthy and happy.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-02
    It sounds like he is quite a nice bird! It is good if he is already used to being handled, it will be easier to start teaching him tricks. Read here on Parakeet Handling and Training for more information. To just keep him healthy read here on All About Parakeets.
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