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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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Dorothy McGlynn - 2012-10-05
Two years ago I was given a male parakeet. I had already had a pet parakeet years before....and he talked. This bird I have now, Peter I, seemed very lonely the first couple of weeks and I got another bird for him as company. He was delighted. This second parakeet, Penny, turned out to be quite bossy, and I also noticed that although the usual yellow and green with some white feathers (that each had), Penny's eyes were a bit larger but noticeably so, and her feet also were larger than Peter's. Peter's eye were smaller, etc. Otherwise they became friends. However, each had a distinct personality. Penny was more agressive...had a habit of making Peter move away when she wanted him to so that he seemed to be what I would say afraid when she moved by, and at night she liked to make him move off his 'bed' even though she had an identical one. He would yell out. This was done while they had a cover on the cage for the night. Anyway, Penny also was a wood chewer and made trouble on my window frame and the wall above. I brought in some small branches from my tree in the backyard and fastened the pieces around the pole that the cage was clipped. They loved that for their own fun. But now she fell suddenly one day as she flew back to the cage, but I was standing in front, and to avoid bumping into me she nicked herself on the cage hard enough to make her fall to the floor. She then couldn't fly too high and I had some time finding her as she moved fast along the floor, and I'm not too swift anymore. Anyway, I thought she would be okay. It's about one month now, but she has been unable to fly....but otherwise I thought she was fine...ate and moved around the cage very well. But today she again tried to fly out and discovered she still cannot fly up too high. Was it a mistake not to take her to a vet? Actually, she wouldn't let me ever touch her and did give me a hurting nip or two....so I took care that she ate some extra conditioning seed and watched her carefully. I feel now that she is still healing....and maybe will be okay. I don't know how long but I know it was her left wing that was hurt initially and still looks like it needs more feathers. There was never any blood or instance where she was visibly in pain, and acted normally otherwise.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-06
    Possibly she sprained or even broke her wing.  I'd think you would know if she broke her wing so let's assume she sprained it really good.  Takes awahile to heel. 
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Melissa - 2010-06-02
Both my male and female derbyan have very good vocabularies. They are now incubating three possibly going on four eggs. One of the derbyans actually asked if I were alright when I tripped in the yard. I had to look to see who was saying it as it was so clear. I had also the misfortune of losing my beloved Wally as a result of a hurricane threat around October/December 2007 here in Florida. He was in the house and had escaped the cage he had been placed in temporarily and flew over my head and out the back door when someone went to go outside.

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  • william - 2012-10-05
    Hi I am looking to purchase a male moustache weanned and tame baby can you help me? Thanks William,
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Animal-World info on Alexandrine Parakeet
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Yulonda - 2012-03-14
I just recently got a female Alexandrine parrot. Right now she does not make any noise. She just sits quiet and moves the moment I come to the cage. I try to hand feed her to make her a little more comfortable but she just starts climbing the cage. How long does it take for them to adjust? I've had her for 2 days now.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-14
    It takes around a week or two. Talk to her, leave music or TV on, let her get used to sounds.
  • Eleanor - 2012-10-03
    Hi I have an 18 month old Alex who up until recently we thought was a boy. we have had her for just under a year now. At first she was very quiet this lasted for just over a week. She talks non stop now and is a very affectionate we bird, although at first would nip when we got near her. I think it's just a matter of telling it off when it's biting and giving it alot of attention. Buddy now kisses us constanly and has taken to all of us although I like to think she prefers me lol
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