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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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michelle flegg - 2006-06-19
Hi, l'm from Australia and l have an 8 month old Alex and love him to bits. His name is Archie. Not quiet talking yet but coming out with some really funny noises. He dances in his cage and on my shoulder. He loves music. I can pat him and scratch him on his chest and under his wings. His favorite thing is having a shower, he loves it. He is just spoiled rotten. We have other parrots too but he is the best. I would recommend them to anyone. Anyway, lol to all you Alex owners, they are the best.
michelle flegg 43 and Archie

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-19
    Glad you enjoy - awesome
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Rosemary - 2012-04-17
I have apple trees in my yard will they be okay as perches in my parakeet cage?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-17
    Yes, the apple tree branches would make excellent perches.
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Kev morris - 2005-11-10
I received my Alex about 6 months ago. Oscar (because he was a bit of a grouch when we got him) is now talking, calling like our Sulphur Crested Cocky, squarking like the wild Minor Birds and he's just beginning to dance when asked. He's fascinated with the TV (especially Aussie Rules Football) and loves loud music. My only regret is that I can't spend as much time with him as I would like. He's on my shoulder right now grinding his beak as we speak. Loves chewing anything he can get his beak around, and he even grabs at our Cockys tail from time to time! Loves a bath, but not too fond of a pat. They are great pets - intelligent and faithful - but I really wish I could get those claws trimmed sometimes!!!

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  • Jan - 2012-04-12
    Yes, I know about those claws, I think they sharpen them when they get bored. Alex birds are one of the most faithful birds around, we have two. Our first Max, he was hand fed from the beginning, he is one of a kind. Nice to hear your story.
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Candy - 2012-04-01
I have my 1st parakeet (I think it's a 'Budgie'). Still a youngster so I'm not sure of the gender. I remember seeing a nature film that showed the animals in the wild living in holes in trees and cliffsides and thought a paper-towel tube attached to the side of the cage might be nice as a place of quiet and solitude. I have seen the bird eating the edges of the paper and became concerned that it might cause harm. Are there any lists of materials and/or foods to avoid?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-01
    They are little (I forget the name) but little birdie bundles that are made out of soft cloth that either attach to the side of the cage or hang from the cage that are specifically for a hidey/sleepy hole for little birds. There are also bird nest boxes which you can purchase. My guess is that the little one would just eatr the paper towel roll cuz that is what they do. Obviously, they shouldn't get into anything toxic. Some plants are, glue, paint, regular stuff that you can not eat either. Food - they can eat pretty much anything nutricious you can eat except no chocolate, sugar isn't great, preferably not salt and avocados are toxic to them. I am sure if you Bing.com toxic foods for parrots there is a huge list but this is pretty much the basics. No alchohol.
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Renee - 2012-03-28
Hi! My daughter and I purchased a parakeet about 3 months ago, that is only around 4 inches long from nose to tail tip. He shivers whenever we approach the cage. We have tried taking it slowly but he just cowers in the back of the cage. He won't eat people food - only seed. Also, he cannot fly more than 1 to 2 feet and not very high. I thought his wings had been clipped but now I'm not sure why he doesn't fly. Any ideas?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-28
    Possibly he does not fly because his muscles never developed in order to alow him to fly. Possibly he was just always cooped up in a cage. Possibly, because he has never seen anyone fly - he doesn't know to. Just keep letting him out of the cage and go over and sit by him. Try and gently toss fruit loops by him and let him eat them. If you eat - see if he will jopin you in eating. Sounds like he was just cage bound and you have to start from the beginning. Very beginning.
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