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Mary Ann - 2009-01-19
I recently bought a rehomed Quaker from a less than desirable home. Jade was angry, aggressive, color was dull, and she looked miserable. I was told she was very mean, cage territorial, "you will never get near her", she hates everybody, and doesn't talk. The food they gave me was some canary seed with about 90% sunflower seeds added. First, I got her on a top notch food. After a week, she was giving me kisses and purring like a cat, rubbing her head on my face, calling me "sweet baby" and asking me "are you a good girl?"
She is an excellent talker, says I love you, go bye bye, pretty girl, what?, yup, blows kisses, laughs, hiccups,and plays peek a boo. She even asks the dog "what are you doing" when he gets too close to her cage. With some good food, her color is just beautiful. The vet says NOW she is happy, healthy, and thriving. I can reach in her cage and scratch her head without a problem. I guess you cannot underestimate what kindness, attention and good food can do. These people had her 3 years and didn't have a clue. I am so grateful I got her out of that situation and hope to enjoy her for many years to come. I would recommend quakers to anyone who is willing to devote some quality time and good food. She is wonderful!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-07
    Quakers make wonderful afffectionate pets and they are so entertaining. Very social creatures. Glad you got her.
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Rose - 2012-05-05
I'm new to parakeets. Have no experience with them whatsoever. So I wonder if I'm going about it wrong. I took in two from the Humane Society in Feb and its now May and they haven't warmed up to me yet. I have been letting them out to fly during the day and maybe making a mistake?? Saw this and am now wondering...'Haven't had him out of his cage because he is not yet finger trained'. as seen post. ..Would value your comments and expertise.

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  • haleybug - 2012-05-06
    oh I have two budgies iceburg and aurora. They are the best if you need any help email me at haleybug19n01@gmail.com and ill help you all I can :)
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pauline penny - 2012-05-06
I bought a ringneck parakeet 2 years ago, he is a great guy makes me laugh, we have never spent time a part, I am due to go away for 3 days in July but I am unable to find anyone willing to look after him whilst I am gone. Is there such places like catterys for cats and kennels for dogs, WHAT about our beloved birds, please can anyone help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-06
    Try looking for a PET SITTER. They usually advertise in newspapers or put up a brochure at a vets office. There might be a web site for a PET SITTER in your town. Vet will usually board as well.
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Helen - 2009-10-22
We live in Brisbane and we bought our Alexandrine (Honey Girl) when she was 3 months old from a pet shop. I am the main carer. I am home all day with her, I feed her and clean her cage. She is out of the cage when we are home. I am so dissappointed as she seems to hate me. She attacks me everytime I put food in her cage. If she is on top of her cage and I go near her she skittles back into her cage. Yet she loves my husband. He is away all day and when he comes home she gets all excited. She runs to him when he goes near the cage. Jumps on his shoulder and nibbles affectionately at his ears and hair, chatters to him... grrrrr. I bought her for me!

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  • Jayde Kilby - 2010-05-02
    We also bought our Alexandrine at about 3 months old and he seems to have moods with both me and my partner where he will favour one of us more. Generally though I am home with him all day but he seems to prefer being with Kyle and often nibbles at his ears and chatters in his ear. Like you I clean and look after him, give him food all day. Once he even tried to attack me for cuddling up to my partner on the couch whilst he was sitting on his shoulder! Jealous!
    A lady we spoke to told us that they tend to choose one person whom they consider their 'partner for life'. So unfortunately this might be the case. Not much we can do about it!
  • sriprasanna - 2010-05-05
    Don't worry just give he sun flower seeds by your hand every she will become normal.
  • Coral - 2010-09-21
    Don't worry I have one the same I bought it for me but she bonded with my husband if he is at home she doesn't want me at all if he is not home she will come to me and sit on my shoulder. I feed her clean her cage the same as you but they just bond to one person and that is that. Mine has bitten me a couple of times which really hurts but I have learned they just love one person.
  • Nadine - 2011-01-05
    Ok the same thing happened to me and my husband. Now first things first don't let your parrot on your shoulder he will dominate you and will think he is high in the pecking order, he probably loves your husband because he is taller or seem like the pecking order leader. I advise that your husband start ignoring the bird and you only pet it or play with it. Even when the bird gets excited and flys on him he must ignore the bird. As for getting him out of the cage I just let the bird come out when he want its this is the only way that worked for me because my bird is very territorial of his cage. After we purchased a standing perch everything seemed to get a lot better, a standing perch is awesome because it's a place for the bird to hang out out of the cage. But your husband must ignore the bird it worked for me now my 6 month old alexandrine loves me. Birds are such hard work and I feel your pain hope it all works out.
  • Marsha - 2011-06-15
    I am not an expert as we only own a lovebird (male) and female cockatiel. The female bird loves my husband and the male bird is my buddy by their own choice even though we both interact with the birds and I am primarily the one feeding them. I have been told it is very common for birds to bond with their owners of the opposite sex. Both birds are adopted and I intended for them to be my pets. Fortunately my husband has come to love "his" cockatiel.
  • Andrea - 2011-07-06
    A good way to start is by watching your husband and seeing what he's doing to make her happy. Then walk up with your husband to the bird cage and if the bird knows your husband won't hurt her, than she will know that he thinks this is fine and the bird will actually start a bond with you too if she understands that your not going to hurt her either.
  • Aisha - 2012-01-03
    I am experiencing the same behavior with my Alexandrine, Meetu, as well. She loves my husband and ignores me (he bought her for me as a pet too). I do all the cleaning and feeding. But she is attached to him and will just get so excited and start to shriek when ever he leaves the room and follow him all over the house. She sits with her tail up and nudges his hand with her beak to pet her back. This is what I have come to know as initializing mating. She has laid infertile eggs! When the female starts to initiate mating behavior, put her into the cage and eventually she will learn this is a no, no. But opposite sexes do attract! :)
  • Cristina - 2012-04-09
    I have an Alexandrine also and I have studied a lot on these types of birds. I did learn that they get along better with their opposite gender. I'm so glad I happen to get a male cause he is the sweetest little guy. He was given to me by a friend and my bird did not like my friends dad or brother at all!
  • Lesley - 2012-04-10
    My partner and I bought an Alexandrine. I do everything for her and she hates me and loves my partner. He bought her for me. I have cried once or twice from her disregard for me and her bites. I feed her and clean her cage and care for her completely. I am very stubborn and keep on trying. Now when I ask her for a kiss she nips my nose, not too hard. I am ridulously happy about that. In time I am sure she will understand that I love her too and allow me to become close to her.
  • Shrinka - 2012-04-27
    I have so far had experience with 2 ring necks and one alex all females and the first one bonded with me and the second one bonded with my mother and the Alex and I share a special bond. Even though the Alex is young only 2 months and will sexually mature in over a year she is a completely adorable baby no inhibitions of climbing hands of males or females in the house. I think its a huge misconception that parrots only bond with the opposite sex.
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eve - 2012-03-07
Can anyone help me? My George is still trying to feed my Mildrid. He is still trying to mate but she is not ready and has not been all thru the mating season. He feeds the branch in the cage. They are in and out of there breeding box, but nothing is in there. Mildrid has never been a bird that bites, but is now starting to bite when I change her water. Is it a problem I have created by leaving the nesting box in there cage. Should I take the box out, or are they still trying to mate but are confused by the typical british weather and leave the box in. I would be greatful for any help, thank you.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-07
    They are learning and the behavior is normal. NO - do not remove the nest box. George is starting to get his part down by feeding her (or the branch if she won't take the food) and Mildred is starting to get her part down by protecting the nest box (ie biting you). They are going in/out of the nest box cuz they have the urge but just haven't figured out what it is they are supposed to do. They have no flock to TEACH THEM so relying on some innate sense of what is to happen. They say the first couple of clutches are for free - the eggs might be infertile or broken or may not feed. It takes them awhile to get the hang of what it is they are to do.
  • eve - 2012-03-09
    thank you so much charlie, i was begining to wonder if i was frustrating them by leaving the box in, i have no idea how old they are but they do seem young, thanks again for the info, i will keep you posted.
  • eve - 2012-04-19
    Hi Charlie, just to let you know Mildrid and George are hitting the right spot, they have been courting for about two weeks now. She has thrown all her nesting out of the box so I just keep topping it up, and they seem to be gettting the hang of feeding from each other, I really do thank you for your input.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-19
    Sounds like they are getting the hang of it. You can put some cardboard toilet paper rolls, small branches and see if she wants to put HER stuff in the next box.
  • eve - 2012-04-27
    aw ok thanks charlie, we been putting nesting stuff in the box ourselves, and all she is doing is kicking it out, not all of it though, over the past two or three days she has spent more time in the box, most of the day, comes out for a while and then goes back in, but george hates being on his own and tried getting in with her, she soon threw him out, not sure if she will lay eggs or not, but will keep you posted, thank you
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Eugenio - 2012-04-25
I was just wondering if someone could help me with my Baby Ring Neck Parakeet? I bought him from a pet store in Medina, KSA about three weeks ago, and the feeding was going fine with a seringe and Cerelac (wheat baby formula), but for three days now, after he started flying around, he hasn't fed much! What can I do? How do these parakeets transition from formula to seeds eating? I have seeds, but he has not touched a thing! Please help!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-26
    Your little one is probably not eating the seed because you are doing such a good job feeding her. Being she is flying around (she has sorta fledged from the nest) and should be eating seed but she's full. Stop feeding her during the day and just give her something before she or you go to bed. Give her the amount she will take and then gradully reduce it a little every few days. She may not want the formula anymore at all and that is OK. Just watch and make sure she is eating the seed. You can give her little treats (cheerios) with your fingers too and then put a couple in the seed bowl so she gets the hang of it.
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Barbara - 2012-04-24
I have 2 parakeets. Max and Ruby. I have had them for about a month now and Love them to death! They are playful and noisy but they are a joy. My question is Max is mostly blue in color. The base of his beak is like a purpleish color. He chirps alot. Ruby is yellow and sort of like an aquamarine color. The base of the beak is also a purpleish color. Ruby tends to squawk. What is the difference in these birds? How do you tell if one is male or female. They tend to show affection towards each other, play and feed each other. Any answers would be appreciated!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-24
    You have to wait till they get their adult coloring in but the male cere (right above the beak between the eyes) takes on a definite bluish color. The cere on the female will be a yellowish -tan color.
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catherine - 2012-04-23
I just have my new parakeets, and ever since I got them they are extremely quiet. I already put a swing and a ladder, together with their houses but until now they don't use any of them. I am new to this pet, and I'm worried about it. Can anyone give advices?thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-23
    Let us suppose that you have to go into this absolutely enormous room where you don't know anyone. There is no one to ask for directions. There is no one to talk to and you have no idea where you are. There are strange sounds coming from everywhere. There are strange colors and these big things are walking around. That is how your little guys feel right now. They are in a strange big place. They don't hear the regular sounds they were used to but new sounds from a family and a television. They see big humans walking around and coming over to them and looking at them. They are new and scared and leery. You need to talk to them softly, let them get used to their new place and new toys and all will be well.
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Seth King - 2012-04-21
I just bought my first budgie yesterday. It's still pretty young so we're not sure of the sex yet. It does not want to eat or drink anything, and it is being extremely quite. Every now and then it will let out a small chirp but that's it, and all he wants to do is sit in the same place all day never moves. I have a bar for him to peck so his beak doesn't get too long, and a mirror with beads attached. He is already OK with us putting our hands in the cage and he even gets on my finger. Is his lack of movement and noise OK?

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  • Brenda Rhine - 2012-04-21
    I have same problem as Seth King. I have 2 parakeets. They eat well but don't want to play or talk much.
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Heidi Gillen - 2012-04-19
I have an agressive male gold mantle rosella raised in an outside aviary. His mate just died not sure of what. Both fed each other and appeared happy, in and out of nest box.. I am afraid to purchase another female in case it is the male attacking her. Is it better to leave the male without a future mate? He appears lonely and sings out for a partner. California resident with aviary on my patio.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-19
    I would not think the male killed the female - The female could have been egg bound, heart attack - I don't know but if the male had killed the female there would have to be some tell tale signs. It is rare that happens and not at all common with rosellas. I would get another female but introduce them gradually as he might be a little teritorial etc. You could place him (the fella) in a smaller cage right next to the one he is in. When you get her, p[lace her in the cage he used to be in as she will get used to this cage and he will not be able to say it is his territory. When you see them trying to sit side by side and attempt to interact (which shouldn't take long) then let the male back into his cage.
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