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Billie - 2012-11-12
I have parakeets in an outdoor large cage 3' x 4' x 6' tall. I have a couple of houses in the cage and they do use them to breed. I usually give the young birds to a local feed store to sell (friends). I only keep one male and a couple of females as my regulars. This year I have had three born with duck bills. The bills do not point down like a normal parakeet. It sticks out straight and is kind of flat. One of birds bill is kind of crooked/bent funny. They are happy go lucky, eat well and don't show any signs of having other problems. Could this be a symptom of in-breeding or is it a throwback to some other kind of budgie/parakeet? Just wondering.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-12
    I don't know but could be in breeding if done over several generations.  I am not exactly sure what you mean by duck bill - if you mean flat like a duck - then my guess would be calcium deficiency or in bredding.  If you mean sorta crooked - possibly the mom is over zealous in her feeding.  Is it a new mom? 
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charmaine - 2012-11-04
hello i have had my indian ringneck parakeet for 1 day now and she is 10 mouths old she is nice but ever time i try to touch her she seems to keep flying roung her cage so i can not get her and she trys to bite me all the time please help me what do i do ? thanks

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  • Deirdre - 2012-11-05
    It is very important to be patient with ANY creature... Sounds like she needs some time to adjust to her surroundings before she is pushed to socialize with you. Give her space and time to trust you. If you know what her favorite treats are... give her those through the bars of her cage... then in a few days open the door and do the same. it may be a couple weeks before she is comfortable with you. Shower her with attention and structure and it will pay off!
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Scott - 2012-11-04
Okay, so I am thinking about getting some 'keets' for my family, but our bird cage is out doors. We live in South Florida, and it can get down into the 40's at night in the winter time. I saw that the birds survived in Chicago which is a lot colder. Do you think they will be okay outside or will I have to bring them in on those nights that it gets cold?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-04
    They should be fine.  You would need a nest box and fill it with an inch of sand and then some carefresh.  They can go in the est box to stay warm.  Also, if there is going to be frost you really should shine a light on 1/2 the cage for warmth.
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kevin milkins - 2012-04-30
We've just got an alexandrine parrakeet, she's 11 months old called LouLou, Well we think she's a girl, she's quite vocal and says 'hello' and also mimicks ambulance sound, wolf whistles. We can feed her by hand and give her commands such as in and out of her cage but she will not step up onto our hand and tries to bite us when we try, any advice on maybe getting her to trust us more, thanx

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-26
    You can place your left and right hand together with your right hand in a tight fist with the fist pointed toward your left hand.  Your left hand will be holding a treat.  Your right hand (the fist) is pulled tight and inward.  Basically, you are not giving the parakeet any skin to grab hold of to bite.  She can try but there won't be anything to grab.  Keep your thumb inside the fist.  If she wants the treat she will have to cross over and sit on the fist to get to the treat.  That sounds real easy and it is.  Would I do that with a macaw - one big 3 foot bird - absolutely would without any qualms.  Will I do that with a little parakeet - I really do not know.  They have this little beak that will bite without provocation and they sure seem to like to do it.  So in all honesty, that is what I would do with any bird - except one of those parakeets.  I wish I had better advice but worth a try - just watch the body language and you should be fine.  Sometimes a person just has to enjoy the bird for what they are - as they are.  Most parakeets are just not cuddlers.
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Phyllis - 2008-08-19
We have an almost five month old plumhead that we got from a breeder at a bird show. It seems as if "he" wasn't handled even though the breeder disputes this. It has taken me weeks to get near him. His shyness concerns me. He actually turns away. But slowly, I'm getting him to step up. Does this behavior sound normal?

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  • TIM - 2012-01-25
    It takes time for plum heads to get used to you. Don't try to handle them,they will bite and have a very strong and nasty one at that. Mine is 30 years old and I've had him most of that time. They love their fruit and veggies,even meat,chicken bones,never apple seeds,forgive the spelling,full of strictnine,poison. My bird,Jade,loves bell pepper seeds the most. If they do bite,and they will.let them,do not react,when they see it doesn't do any good they stop. Enjoy them.
  • john horspool - 2012-03-01
    Do hand tame plumheads make good pets. Are they noisy and how can I get one to talk?
  • aliyaan - 2012-03-31
    This is very beautiful bird. I like it
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-31
    No it isn't normal. If it were a baby and properly hand fed it would be as cuddly and lovey as a little kitten. He wouldn't be hand shy and he would be crawling up your pant leg to be close. He will tame but doesn't sound like the breeder was overly shall we say open with you.
  • trace - 2012-05-11
    I have Plum heads and If I were you I would clip their wings then jump right in there and start handling them. Hold them, pet them and talk to them close to your body. You will find them warming up to you quickly.
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angie puckett - 2012-10-23
Had my parakeets for two and half years they final Layed egg. The broke it. Going get them right kind of hatching boxes. Love little birds like they are my children Inaner them tebow,star and sunshine. Hopefully havebabies. Question is can parakeets. Have infertile. Eggs like chicken does? Hockeycat76@yahoo.com

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angie puckett - 2012-10-23
Had my parakeets for two and half years they final Layed egg. The broke it. Going get them right kind of hatching boxes. Love little birds like they are my children Inaner them tebow,star and sunshine. Hopefully havebabies. Question is can parakeets. Have infertile. Eggs like chicken does? Hockeycat76@yahoo.com

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lucy - 2012-10-19
i got parakeets for my 21 birthday from my mom and brother , a green one was a boy and a blue one is a girl i think , i named green joltie (cutie pie) and blue one Bella . bella is so stressful and bites , she didnt get used to me and its been like 3 and a half months , green one was very nice , happy and it got used to us , it did bite , and just like the blue one it didnt get used to me , yesterday october 18 joltie died some kind of animal killed it , bella is suffering and lonely . idk what to do .

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-19
    Very sorry for your loss.  I would get her a new friend.  She should snap back.  May take a bit if the cage was attack she is more then likely nervous.  Just make her feel safe.
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Beth Moore - 2012-10-10
i have 2 keets male and female ,i bought them togther, she tamed after 1 day very freindly,working slowly on the male he bites and hangs on yes it hurts . they are great company,they get a new toy every month, and the best seed with pellets.they are just learning about house food,sometimes i look at them and i know there are thinking of what to get into next. ill start letting them flyout of the cage next week,ive only had them 2 weeks and there both about 6 weeks old,their cage is hugh they can fly some in it.i love their chatter,i realize that i go around whistling now,i could not have picked better birds.

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Mala Yancy - 2012-10-07
I came across this website while trying to get information on these birds living in my neighborhood. I live on the southside of Chicago, Illinois. A very urban area and for the past ten years or so I have seen Budgies in my neighborhood. I always assumed they lived in warm climates but they are here all year long. It's fascinating to me. Their nests have been pulled down several times. Right now they have six nests in a cell tower in a vacant lot near 119th and Halsted. For the first time I saw them land on the ground and walk around a little. For the most part I've only seen them flying around the trees.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-08
    Many very domesticated birds are doing quit well in the wild.  Somehow they get loose and somehow they find each other and form flocks.  Quackers are known for it and how they do well in th winter is beyond me but they do.  Now southside Chicago (where I am from too) I really find it hard to believe but I guess they are doing fine.  Facinating.
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