Animal Stories - Parakeet: Types of Parakeets


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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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Jackie - 2012-07-27
I got a bird like two days ago and i want to know if its a male or a female. And at what age do they start breeding?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-27
    A budgie can be sexually mature at a early age - even of three months but usually more toward a year old.  The male will develop a blue 'cere' a color patch right above the beak around 3 months of age.  The females 'cere' will be a tannish/yellowish color.
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Carol - 2012-07-22
I have three birds now, as I had one and my neice wanted me to take hers. As she didn't have the time for them so I did. Well the one I had I thought was a female by the color above her beak. And the two that my neice gave me theirs are very blue so I know their males . At first I thought I could have all three in the same cage. Cause my neice gave me her cage as it's bigger then mine. I couldn't catch mine to put her in their cage. So I put her cage and mine together side by side with the doors open and wired up, so they can come and go to get to know each other. But now that I know their males and mine is a female I'm not sure if that was a good idea . Put now this morning I noticed that the one male came in the cage with my bird. He's staying in there and they seem to be getting to know each other. Now if they breed do I let him stay in there with her? and should I keep the cages together like I have them? or should I make him go back in with the other bird? Plus will the two males fight now? My bird doesn't mind him being with her. In fact they will sit on the same perch together . She will puff up a little and twitch her tail does this mean any thing ? I hope you can help me as I never have had two bird's like these before. I have had a parakeet when I was younger but never did I breed them . Thank Carol

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-22
    The male that came into the cage with your female - they are now a pair.  However they did it, they have chosen each other and formed a pair bond.  I would leave them together in the cage and if they breed, still leave them together.  The male that doesn''t have a mate, I'd move him farthur away from their cage as the male in the cage with your female will see him as a potential threat and it will just be an aggrvation to the 'pair'.  You can purchase another female for the single male or you can keep him as a pet.  The fluffing up and twitching feathers etc, feeding each other is typical pair behavior.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-26
    were fixing to get are parakeets and we need help finding a cage and a good place to buy some parakeets (budgie parakeets by the way)
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cassidy - 2012-07-18
How much should I pay for a ringneck parakeet?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-19
    They cost about $75 if you purchase directly from a breeder and about $150 if you purchase from a pet store.  The reason the difference is the store has to make a profit but they also have to care for the bird until it is sold.  I would recommend purchasing a hand fed baby directly from a breeder.  Do not purchase a bird you can not handle, hold, play with, pet etc.  You would not buy a puppy that you can't hold or pet - don't buy a bird you can't hold or pet easily - unless you want to tame him.  Good luck.
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MAX - 2012-07-18
I want to build my own cage out of glass and wood and wire but what kind of wire can I use and any idea where to get it

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-18
    You should be able to get all the supplies you need from http://mortonjones.com/.    They have the wire, clips and tool to use the clips.  There are kits, tools, wire, legs, feeding dishes - pretty much everything but I don't think the glass or plexiglass you want.  I think that you can get at home depot and have it cut to size and use hinges.  Easy enough to do.  If you are looking to build something 'special' or innovative then great.  However, if you are looking for a basic cage to make it might be less expensive just to purchase one on eBay.  Good luck.
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MAX - 2012-07-17
At what temp do the birds do best at?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-17
    I don't know if there is a BEST temperature but they don't do well in extreme cold or extreme hot.  60's, 70's, 80's   you are fine.  I wouldn't have them out with frost or above 90 degrees.  Don't have them right next to a heater or air conditioner vent or ceiling fans etc. 
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jennifer - 2012-07-15
Hi I am looking for a young, hand fed plumhead parakeet male. If anyone has any available please provide a phone number or email so I can contact you. Thank you

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