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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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chandra - 2012-06-02
We are getting our first bird, a ringneck in a week. I have read online you can't use non stick cookware, or candles or any scent stuff around birds. Is this true? I have non stick pans and candles and reed difusers all over my house. Can I just move the bird to another room when using these things?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-03
    It is true. Non-stick cookware was made for the space program and is toxic to birds and actually to humans and I believe the US has banned the production by 2014. It isn't the cooking so much as the fumes if you burn something or overcook or heat something. Birds are very senstive to scents, fumes. Remember they would take them into caves or tunnels to see if the air was OK to breathe. Scented candles - one scented candle in another room is probably OK but all the diffusers releasing chemicals - I sure wouldn't do it. For the bird or myself. Also, aerosoles are toxic. So the good news is you will save lots of money on cleaning products and diffusers.
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eve - 2012-05-27
Hi charlie just to let you know we are the very proud parents of one baby that we can hear, and very proud of george and mildrid as this it their first attempt, and have looked after baby very well we think baby is about a week old as we have just started to hear the cry for food, thanks for your help will keep you posted kind regards eve.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-28
    Well congratulations. Isn't it amazing?
  • eve - 2012-06-01
    Hi charlie, yes it is amazing we have two that we know of now. I don't think there is anymore, but when they come out of there box we will know, I cant wait, kind regards
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mary lou ignasiak - 2012-05-31
I have bought a parakeet she is all white with a little blue on her stomach. I'm having trouble with her she will not eat her food or drink her water she is a very scared bird and hides under her food dish also she does not chirp like other parakeets do. I don't know what I should do about this bird. I'm just wondering if she is scared or lonely. I don't know what else to do can anyone give me some suggestions as to what is wrong with her

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-01
    Give her some time to calm down and get used to your home. She is probably very frightened with all the new sounds and smells. Let her calm down and then leave the door open to her cage so she can come out on her own. Talk to her, sing, laugh, whatever so she gets used to you. Put treats outside the cage door if you need to. Approach her slowly and then just pick her up. If you could hold her in the pet store, you can hold her at home, it will just take her getting used to sites and sounds. If you couldn't hold her in the pet store, you are going to have to tame her.
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K Swapnil - 2012-05-31
I have a pair of rose-ringed parakeet......
They are now 3 months - apprx.

The male one is a little bit weak. He can't produce a high sound.
He can't make even good grip with his claws. He looks as if he is tired.

What to do.....



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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    Obviously the best thing would be to find a vet. If there isn't one available then let's get the little fella warm and fed. Turn a lamp on so it shines on just a corner of the cage so he can go to a place where it is warm or cooler as he feels he needs. I would sppon feed him baby bird formula - whatever you have at a pet store there. If you don't have bird formula, then feed him baby food from a jar heated slightly with a spoon. If you don't have baby food, then mash up cooked sweet potatoe or mashed up vegetables so he can eat more and easier. He might have been weaned too quickly. He might be ill, but he just might be hungry.
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