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Anny Moctezuma - 2012-09-12
I just rescued 2 Budgies, and they seem young. One is male and one female. The male budgie has an extended beak, and I am concerned with that being a fatty liver as I read about online. I am looking for a vet that deals with birds, but it is not working too well. His beak is not too long where he can't eat, and I have added things in the cage to help him whittle it down. Can I cut his beak as I have read about online or should I wait and have a vet do it? They are really skittish still, but I have been working with them everyday. They do not like any fresh food at all! I keep trying and love all of your suggestions and ideas. Thank you!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-13
    Easy part, they get used to seed and that is what they wish to eat.  You can try introducing them to fruits/veggies (especially veggies) just whatever is left over from meals.  Dehydated veggies in a seed mix or on their own (without salt) should work and same nutritional value.  File the beak.  Place a concrete perch as the highest perch in the cage and that will keep their nails filed down but they can normally file their own beak on it as well.  Highest spot in the cage but enough room from the top they don't hit their heads.  Try that for a week or so - and then yes, if you feel comfortable filing the beak down - do it.  I womens battery operated manicure kit (they use it to file their nails or buff their nails0 works really good.  Hold the bird in a towel securely and just litterally file the extended porttion of the beak off as you would your fingernail.  They really don't like it but doesn't hurt them.  I would rather take too little off and have to do it twice than take too much off and hit the inside vein, however, if youhit the inside vein quik stop will sork or flour if you don't have quik stop.  It is easy enough to do - but make sure someone is holding the bird securely in a towel.  You don't want him to be able to move and ge hurt.  Wrap a towel around the bird like you would p[ut a baby in a blanket and then hold the bird by the body and also under his chin with the thumb against the bottom of his beak.  Practive on a paper towel roll or small piece of wood first if you are nervous.  OK  good luck.  That way you can see how manicure file works too.
  • Anny Sundly-Moctezuma - 2012-09-13
    Thank you so much for all of your information! I will let you know how it works out. I have experience in raising parakeets and sold quite a few babies to pet stores many years ago. I never thought I would get back into the business again, but here I am with these two cuties! Thank you Charlie, you have been a great help. I have been reading all your posts! Anny
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ananya roy - 2012-09-13
I have a green ring-necked indian parakeet. I hand raised her. She loves me very much. Now when she is adult, my mother feeds her and she always wants her attention.she gets jealous when my mother gives me my meals and she wants the same food from my plate. Also she keenly observes that I am not cheating her by not giving her the same food I am eating. She likes to play with me,quarrel with me and scold me in her birdy language. If I answer her scolding, she answers back in a higher pitched scream, making it look like a quarrel, if i ignore her, she will screech like as if I am teasing her. All the same, she enjoys seeing me get a scolding from my mother for teasing her and after it, she sits down in content and happy.she perches on 'my' shoulder when I take her out for an outing and that time it is all peaceful and friendly terms with me and then when I take her back inside, the peace-pact expires and again her rivalry with me begins. My mother takes her side and she wins everytime. She is so loving and adorable I cannot live without her. She is my first pet bird. She is like my little sister. I love her a lot. I recommend parakeets to everyone but they need lots of attention and care. If possible one should hand raise a baby so that the bond is ever-lasting. I am enjoying every moment of our bonding. They make great companions.

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Anny Moctezuma - 2012-09-12
I love my Budgie Parakeets.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-13
    Good - they are cute.
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Lorraine Sanchez - 2012-08-26
I have had a girl for a while now, so I got a male presently and when I put them to together the male doesn't let her too close to him. How long should it take for him to come around and be. friends. She keeps trying.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-27
    He's just being a little shy.  He will come around and they will bond and all should be well.  Is he really young?
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shaun - 2012-08-26
Hi, I have a pair of rosellas they are male and female. But they don't seem to be doing anything . The male and female just is sitting outside the nest box. Just wondered if you could give any advise .cheers

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-27
    Breeding season for the Eastern Rosella goes usually August through march so it is just starting.  They want to get to know each other and things will happen.  How old are they?  Takes time. 
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claire - 2012-08-21
I just recently got 2 budgies, they are starting to calm down after 3 days. They do not like me to pick them up but I can touch them and they seem to like a towel over the cage.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-22
    Going good - takes time.
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sally taylor - 2012-08-11
I just rescued a young indian ringtail parakeet.....I am hoping to tame her ( him ), so any advice will be greatly appreciated.....but she/he has just lost the pretty long bluish tail feathers !! and the stool today is clearish with some solid in the middle.....is she/he sick ? seems to be eating & drinking fine, but why the loss of tail feathers, & loose stool ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-12
    It's about the time of year that parrots go into their major molt.  They will literally chage over very feather they have.  She will get a brand new tail/  They play and goof and their tail gets petty ragged looking at times.  Spritzing with ale or bathing will help a lot but right now most o ,y birds tail feathers are dcomig out and their new and gorgeous tail feathers are coming in.  Thinhk aout what you are feeding your little guy.  Too much fruit and you have runy stools.  One grape to her is like you eating a whole melon.  If it doesn't clear up in a day - without the fruit) then possibly a bacterial infection and she needs antibiotics.
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lee boy - 2012-08-09
I have recently bought some eastern rosellas and would like to know what the best bedding is to put in there box????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-09
    Put about 1- 2n inches of sand )actually sand) to insure cusion so eggs don't reack.  Then for beddinr use Carefresh...  you can purchase at any good pet store.
  • Anonymous - 2012-08-10
    These are at it every five minutes then the hen goes into the box digs a hole but aint laying any tips
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-10
    It takes them awhile to get the process down and even for the female to sometimes know they are ready to lay an egg.  I've had a female cone out of a nest to 'poop' and laid an egg off the perch.  It is trail and error but they will get it.
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Nancy - 2012-08-01
I have had my birds about 4 yrs. My yellow bird is having a problem with her stool. No problem up till now. It is white and very hard. I give them fresh water daily and they have fruit seed and reg seed, plus I give her lettuce, which she loves. Any ideas what is happening to her? Thanks so much for your site. Nancy

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-01
    Best place to start is think about what she ate.  Changed food or seed?  However, probably, this bird is ill.  Usually when the poop is white (excess urates) and hard - you have a kidney or liver problem.  I'd take a sample of the poop (just use a q-tip) and pick up a sample and place in plastic bag or saran wrap and take the little guy and the sample to the vet.  It is also possible that your little guy is running a bacterial or fungal infection and is easily remedied with a anti biotic or anti-fungal medication. 
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sharen - 2012-07-28
I have a parakeet and she has been laying eggs there has been four in the past three weeks. She is in a cage alone why is having eggs

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-28
    Females have eggs - think chickens.  The eggs won't be fertile as there is no male but they can lay eggs.  They will normally lay 4 - 6 eggs and then even try and incubate the eggs - they don't know they aren't fertile.  Just put the eggs in a bowl filled with torn up paper towel, or carefresh and let her have the eggs till she gets bored with them or for about 20 days.  If you don't let her have the eggs, she possibly will just keep laying eggs and run into a calcium shortage or become egg bound.  It may happen again - it may never happen again. 
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