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Keenan - 2012-07-11
I just got my lutino ringneck a couple of days ago and his name is Citrus and he is quite calm but he won't let me pet him or get him on my arm. His wings are clipped and he doesn't run away when you approach him at a certain distance, he tells me when he wants to go out on top of his cage by hanging upside down. Sometimes when he tries to jump onto the couch he falls because he can't fly and I can't pick him up without a cloth and I know that this isn't helping the relationship between us and I have tried using food but he won't come to me please help me, cheers

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-11
    He's obviously not tame.  You will have to tame him which is a shame, however, it is do able.  You have picked him up with a cloth - so just do it again and take him into a bathroom or a small room.  Sit down on the floor with him and play with some toys.  Popsicle sticks, little ball, quarters, anything that holds his interest.  Wood bird toys or foot toys and just start to make friends.  You can start with the toys on a towel on the floor and then over time, put the towel in your lap and then start feeding him treats (for these little guys I like shelled sunflower or cheerios).  Let him get used to your hand and eventually he will let you touch him and then you should be able to pick him up.  This is not a day process, this is a few week process.  People believe that if they buy a parrot, the parrot is tame.  Unfortunately, this isn't true.  A hand fed baby that is truly hand fed is tame.  Up until about 20 years ago, most pet parrots were imports and actually caught in the wild and tamed.  So you can tame this little fella and you have lots of time to do it.  Next time though, I'd buy a parrot that is already tame, that you can handle, hold, pet and pick up - just like a puppy or kitten.  I'd also let the wings grow out.  These fellas will fly and yes you have to be careful with open doors and windows (real careful) but they get seriously injured without wings as nothing to break the fall.  It seems the big parrots will climb down the cage and walk but the little guys just fly.
  • Keenan - 2012-07-12
    ok thx ill give it a try, today when i came home i let him out ontop of his cage and i was sitting on the couch in front of him on my laptop, when all of a sudden he tried to fly straight at me and he landed in my hands, after he landed i tried to put him on the couch, he wouldnt get off so i didnt do anything but then he started to bite my hand so i flicked him off and yelled jail and put him in the bath and shut the door for 20 seconds and then got him out, i wont to know if im doing the right thing and if there is a much better or faster way.
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Tonia Yates - 2012-07-07
Can I put pine cones in with my parakeets for them to chew on and play with?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-07
    Yes but I would wash them off really well and then bake them in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 or put them in the microwave for 90 seconds.  You can put a little honey on the tips or almond butter if you want.
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coree - 2012-06-27
Do all parakeets like to dump their food out of the food bowl and destroy stuff cuz my do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-27
    Yep, we do.  We just love dumping our bowls of seed over and even our water but especially the seed just after our human sweeeps the floor.  Seriously, birds will rampage through a bowl of food looking for a particular seed they like the best.  They don't think that destruction is destruction but playing.  They tear up paper, toys, toss out seed.  They are just having fun and it is normal. 
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carlos - 2012-06-22
Hello I had a question. I heard that you could cross breed a rosella with an indian ringneck parakeet. Is this true or is a local breeder pulling my chain?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-22
    It is true.  The rosella can be cross bred with a ring neck.  Both species will cross breed. 
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Deb - 2012-05-23
Found a budgie this evening picking at seeds in my chicken pen after chickens had gone to roost in barn. She seems healthy and really tame, walked onto my hand for some seeds, and stayed in the pen although she could have flown out. She was still there at dusk, so I set up a perch in a ventilated cat carrier with some seed and water, and brought her into the barn for the night to keep her safe from predators. Called some neighbors to see if anyone lost a budgie but no one knows. So what do I do now? Want to do the right thing by her. Can budgies live in this climate? I'm on Long Island, New York. Any help much appreciated!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-24
    A budgie won't do to well living outside in Long Island as just gets too cold and sometimes too hot in the summer. Of course inside the home the little budgie will do just ine. Possibly this little fella escaped from someone's home bu it is very doubful you would be able to find the owner. If you placed an ad in the paper, you could have 50 responces. Possibly the owner will place and ad under LOST pets and then you can call them. You can keep the budgie and get a cage and bring him inside. You can find a home for the little fella or you can take him to a parrot sanctuary. They are fun, make excellent pets and this one sounds like he likes you pretty well.
  • MARION - 2012-06-22
    Have you found a home for that parakeet you found ? I live in NH wish I were closer. I have one 'Sydney' and he is so happy and much fun as a pet. Wondering how he was doing?
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Rainey - 2012-06-14
Hello, fellow Alex owners! I recently acquired a 4 month old male we have named Jackson. I have had him for a week now, and he's still a bit 'bitey', but that should subside after awhile? We make a point to handle him as much as possible, and he's very sweet. A friend who breeds birds told me, 'Handle him everyday. Don't give him too much time though, he needs to know who the mom is right away.' We just love him! :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-16
    I don't think there is anyway to handle the fella 'too much'.  Alexdrines can be and are fairly feisty.  The more they are handled, the tamer they are.  Have him around as many people as possible.  Have him be able to sit on a perch separate from his cage and provide him with a second play area.  Just use a towel on the bed/chair/floor with a few toys in it so he can be right where all the action is but separate fromhis cage.  They get territorial.  So I say - sure handle him every day but handle him as much as you can and don't worry about it and enjoy. 
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eve - 2012-06-11
Hi charlie, just to keep you up to speed, sadly today we have found out chick lifeless in the nest, we have no idea what has happened, the only thing we can think of is the box was rather small, and George kept trying to go in, and he has some how stood on baby, so we have emptied the bedding into a new next box and put this in the cage, after taking advice we have a much bigger nest. kind regards

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-14
    You leave the box up - year round.  It is their box and they want it.  They may not be nesting or they may not be using it but it is their box and they want it there.  You may not want to go to bed right now but you don't want someone to remove your box spring and matress - right.  Another article on Rosellas - nest box recommendations, caging, diet etc.  Hope it helps but you will get there http://www.avianweb.com/rosellas.htm
  • eve - 2012-06-14
    Thanks charlie we hope so, but will leave the box in just as a precaution, she has been in and out of it today, and she is still accepting food from george, when it happens I am sure it will be amazing, keep you posted, thanks a lot kind regards
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-11
    I am sorry.  Yep, sounds like the nest box was a little small and dad jumped in and that was that.  It happens.  Parents are new and excited and they have to learn.  It is hard and I am sorry but next time - ....
  • eve - 2012-06-13
    Thanks charlie, bad advice that's all we can put it down too, fingers crossed they try again. When we don't know but put a proper box in now and will just wait and see, I think it might be a bit late to try again now but who knows, will keep you upto speed, thanks for your help much appreciated regards and best wishes
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-13
    Put a perch (concrete or wood) just outside the nestbox door.  That way the male can sorta watch sitting on the perch.  The female also has an easier way to get in and out to sit on the perch.  Can't know if they will try again before next spring but i would think so.  Weather has been crazy all over and definitely not close to fall or winter so good chance will try again.  Good luck.  It is hard but so worth it when it comes together.
  • eve - 2012-06-14
    Thanks charlie I must see so thick but I had figured that the box needs to be a perminant fixture, will take a look at the recomended site, cheer bud
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usman - 2012-06-08
Hi I live in Pakistan and I'm having a pair of golden mantle rosella, can anybody tell that after how many days female rosella comes out of the nest box after hatching babies as my female rosella is not coming out since 2 days. She has two babies although male rosella keep on going and feeding her but she is not coming out of the box.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-09
    She will come out of the box, when and if she thinks it is OK to.  Otherwise she will stay with the babies to keep them warm and protect them.  The male feeds her and she feeds the babies.  She will start to come out before the babies actually fledge so do not worry - she is just taking good care of the babies.
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Catherine Susan Josepayt Daily - 2012-06-06
We had a lovely parakeet for 5 years. On Sunday while the grandchildren were here, they left the door open and he flew out. We are devastated. Is there a chance he could survive? We are 5 miles outside of Philadelphia, the weather that night was rainy and chilly. Anyone have any ideas where he could have flown (lots of trees and woods) and what we could do to find him? Appreciate input. Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-06
    Place the cage outside, higher is better. Turn on some music or any sound and have it play outside and then turn on some sort of light or spotlight by the cage. Frequently they are attracted to the sound and the light as dusk approaches. Most likely she will be fine, however, I don't know if she will come back to your home or fly in someone elses home. Many 'find' parakeets and write in. Look in local newspaper or put a small add in local paper.
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eve - 2012-06-05
Sadly I believe we now only have one baby, as only able to hear one for a few days. I do hope this survives, but Mildird has been a good mother.

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  • eve - 2012-06-05
    Managed to have a sneeky look in the nest, looks like there has only been one baby all the long, my mistake, could have sworn there was two, must have had two cries.
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