Animal Stories - Parakeet: Types of Parakeets


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Mary Stewart - 2012-03-11
My male parakeet started a couple days ago sitting in his cage with his feathers ruffled could there be something wrong with him

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-11
    Usually if a parrot is just sitting there - especially on the bottom of the cage or in a bowl - but just sitting with the feathers fluffed up - they are very ill. I would get the little fella to the vet immediately. They do their best to hide illness but just sitting and fluffed (not just for a few minutes) but extended tim frame - he is sick. You would need meds.
  • rick - 2012-03-22
    There is a varity of bird powder medicines available at all pet stores and you add the powder to the water. I have nursed my birds back to health. I also suggest you use a water bottle like for a hamster; they have some for birds, my birds drink from theirs easily! And a good heat light would help your bird heal! Keep birds away from nonstick pans smells it can kill them! I have a grey parrot, an amazon and a small blue and black parakeet and they're a joy!
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Cindy - 2012-03-21
I just bought a female indian ringneck. I have had 1 week today. The breeder I bought her from said I need to hold her and rub her neck at least 2 times a day or more if allowed. I have been able to hold her 2 times in a week, for about 10 to 15 mintues. She will not let me touch her. Those 2 times I did I had to use a glove to get her. When I do get her she will step up from the hand with the glove to the hand without the glove, about 4 times then she flies off. I want to be able to hold her and her ride on my shoulder. But I feel chasing her around to catch is not good. Please tell me what to do. Thank you Cindy

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-21
    I am sorta surpirsed the little gal didn't freak out just with the glove. It would scare most birds. Chasing it is just not a good idea - again you will frighten it. You have only had it a week - give her more time. She needs to get used to your voice, the sounds of the home, TV etc. Right now, everything is new and scary to her. You need to just let her out of her cage and let her come to you. Use treats to feed her with your hand or let her out on the table when you eat. She doesn't have to walk in the food - just give her a little plate with some of what you eat on it. You are her flock and security. She will come to you. When she flies down - which she will - pick her up and say 'UP'. Then put her anywhere you are comfortable. Then do 'up' again. Practice 'up' on the bed. Just lay down on the bed and let her come to you. Go slow and wait till both you and she are comfortable and not nervous.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-22
    OK she is being stubborn for sure. Let's try putting her food right outside the cage door. At least put treats and a small something to play with outside the cage door. Millet - they seem to know what it is and they love it. Ritz cracker, cracked walnut, cheerios or fruit loops - set it just outside the cage door and then slowly move it an inch or so further out every few days. Make a perch for her out of tree branches and put her on the cage with a food and water bowl.
  • Cindy - 2012-03-22
    Thank you for your reply. I always keep the cage door open during the day. I close it if I am going to be out of the room for more than a couple of minutes. But most of the time it is open, she never comes out. Maybe one day soon she will come out on her own.
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VictoRiia Lopez - 2012-03-21
I have two parakeets blue and yellow. The blue one has brown on its nose and the yellow one has super light blue (almost reaching to white). How can you tell the difference between which is a boy and girl?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-21
    The males cere (nose) is usually blue and the females nose (cere) is a tan or yellowish tan.
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Trudie Koelman - 2012-02-06
Where can I get a Eastern Rosella. Urgent

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-12
    Look up Rosella Breeders on the Internet or the ads in the back of Bird Talk. Breeders usually know who is breeding what. Just start with your area and call breeders of any birds and they should get you to the right person. Internet is another way. Spring is coming so babies will be coming too.
  • Helena - 2012-03-20
    Hi Trudie, I'm from South Africa and have 4 Golden Mantels Rosella 6 months old. Friends from Namibia regularly come to Paarl at least every 3 months. Email me at retnelah@yahoo.com. Helena
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richard ramos - 2012-03-13
i just bought a male rose ringed 2 days ago. Is there anything I can do to help it trust me fast. It's not hand tame and gets scared when I put my hand into the cage. I don't know how old he is.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-14
    You will probably have to sit by the cage and talk to him and try and give him treats for a few weeks - not just a day. You just sit there and leave your hand outside the cage and talk softly and let him come to you. Then whne he is comfortable taking it from your hand - open the door and give him treat at the door - your hand should block the door opening itself. Then step 3 is to let him come out. Make sure it is in a safe area without windows or mirrors and just let him out. He will settle and then you will have to start to train him to 'step up'. Ringnecks - not hand fed - are not easy to make PETS but they are social and will enjoy their human companion. But you have to go at his pace.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-13
    Hi, putting your hand in the cage is not the way to go. You are a really big person next to that little bird and it scares him. King Kong jumping into your bedroom at night while you are sleeping. Talk to him, sing, laugh - let him see you and get used to your voice and movements. Wait till both you and he are relaxed and that might take a few weeks. Start giving him treats through the bars of the cage and let him get used to the closeness of your hand. Let him come out. You can put some food just outside his cage door or just open the door and see if he comes out. Ringnecks on more sit on your shoulder or arm bird than they are 'PET' bird. You are going to have to go slow and let him warm up to you. Can't go fast.
  • Richard ramos - 2012-03-13
    If I put my hand by the cage to give it treats it justs moves to the other side. And what if it does come out of the cage -- how do I put it back in without scaring it?
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Satya Narayan Pansa - 2012-03-11
Can these parrot talk well

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-12
    No they vocalize and possibly a few words
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Milica - 2012-03-11
Hello, I have a 6 year old female. She wasn,t hand fed, but, now she is very tame and likes to play with me. I have an offer for a 3 years old male but he is wild. How difficult would it be to tame him? And more importantly, would she change her behavior? Is it wise to buy this bird to be her companion?
Thank you
Milica

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-11
    It isn't terribly difficult to - tame them and you have already done it once. However, now you are going to have a male and a female and most likely they will pair bond so unlikely they will be tame and if they are to some extent - probably won'g be during mating season at all. Doubtful you would be able to play with either of them.
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Casey - 2012-03-10
Hi, i have just purchased two alexandrines a supposedly male and female bonded pair which are 2yo. they were hand reared but have been in a flight aviary for quite some time. i am wondering is it too late to tame them? and will they still breed if tamed as a pet?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-14
    I don't know that it is ever too late to tame a parrot and 2 years old is pretty young. However, they have a pair bond and they will do whatever to protect that paid bond and essentially you would be an interloper. I would just let them be and when they have babies, hand rear one of them as a pet for yourself. To disrupt the pair bond will disrupt the birds.
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Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-09
OK my female parakeet is pooping and her poop is mostly water in it some piece of green poop. Is somthing wrong. Is she going to die?

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  • Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-09
    Do you think because she does not drink water
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-09
    Possibly too much fruit or even too many vegetables but defitenly fruit will do his. A change in diet could possibly do this. One half grape to a parkaeet is like you eating a whole watermelon. Yes, she has diahrhea and could get seriously dehydrated. If it goes on longer than two days - I'd take her to the vet.
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Casey Brown-squires - 2012-02-25
My pair of alexanddrines are not getting along, I'm having trouble paring them up. The female keeps attacking the male.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    That isn't unusual. Females are frequently aggressive toward the male until she is ready to mate. If it is really bad, you canjust put him in a separate cage but close by until you see them sitting sorta next to each other (or as close as they can get) in the 2 different cages. Otherwise, just let them work it out.
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