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ABBY - 2008-07-21
I have a plumhead parakeet. Somebody gave this talented bird to me and they named the bird, Birdie, and I never plan to change it. I've had him for about 1 year and have learned that it can say quite a few words and phrases. Birdie can whistle a few tunes, make kissing noises, and can say: Birdie, pretty bird, ahhh, I love you, and many other words. He doesn't enjoy being petted so he may bite. Other than that I enjoy having him.

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  • TIM - 2012-01-25
    I have a male plum head named Jade. He is 30 years old. Plum heads don't like to be handled at all and can have apowerful nasty bite. Jade eats anything I do. He love his fruit and veggies and meat,chicken bones,seafood but not celery.If out of his cage these guys will come to you and let them. If they bite let them .Do nothing,although painful,and when they see it doesn't do any good they will stop. Never give them apple seeds,they are full of strictnine,but bell pepper seeds are what they really love. Enjoy your friend
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Charlie Melton - 2012-01-21
My daughter has 4 parakeets is a pretty big parrot cage. Suddenly, after about 6 months together, one of them has started plucking feathers from another's head. Because it's the top of the head I know she's not doing it herself, and the one who got caught doing it is a male. Could this be some sort of courtship thing? Why would he suddenly start plucking her?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    It isn't a really part of courtship. When they actually breed, the male will frequently hold the female by the back of the neck or top of the head to insure correct position. Looks odd but happens. Sounds like your little guy is amorous and the little girl just is not in the mood yet. They also will over preeen 'each other' and feathers bare spots can occur. It's part of learning. If you see agression, hear agression you might want to separate them and let things cool down but spring is coming.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-22
    Aggression between parakeets is common in a shared cage while breeding, especially if there is a gender imbalance i.e. 'too few males in the flock'. Your male may be in breeding mode and the female is not responsive. If it gets too serious, you may want to separate them for a while.
  • Charlie Melton - 2012-01-24
    There are 3 females (blue, white, and yellow) and only the 1 green male. We took him out because now the yellow bird has a totally bald top of her head. The blue one looks pregnant to me so I want to get one of those woven round nesting houses. The one that's bald now is the biggest bird; it's one of those British ones; so I thought maybe the male was threatened by her size. Should I put them all back together in the spring or not? I just don't want him to kill one of the birds.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-24
    It sounds more like you have a alpha male (green fella) and you have a reluctant female (yellow) or possibly another male (yellow). In any case the yellow one doesn't want to do it. If you think the blue one is pregnant, get a couple of nesting boxes so she has her choice - and don't forget a nesting box for the the white female. No, I would not put the yellow female back in with the other three. It doesn't sound like typical 'I am overly amorous with my display of affection' - not as you are describing it. You are sure the yellow one is a female? If the 3 get along fine (the blue female, the white female and the green male) then that is a cohesive unit so just remove the yellow one. You don't need the yellow one retaliating against the other females or possibly the eggs. Just take the yellow one out and find an alternative mate for her (but be sure it is a her).
  • Charlie Melton - 2012-01-24
    I took the male out and left the yellow female in. I should put the male back in and take out the female? That just feels wrong, like punishing the victim.
    They're my daughters birds and she's looked at their ceres; I haven't. I'll have her look again and tell me which is which. The 3 females all came from pet stores and are tame to hold but the green male came from a friend who was afraid to get it out of its cage because it would fly all over the room, so he bites and when we open the cage to let them roam the room, he won't come out. I think maybe he's just antisocial since his mate died.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-24
    Wow this is complicated. It is truly best to only have two birds in each cage. Parakeets will mate with more than one female but frequently there can be trouble (fights, broken eggs). If there are two males in one cage, one will be the leader or alpha and the other will either be picked on, hurt, or will assume a female role. So the first thing to do is really try and tell if you have 3 females and 1 male or you have 2 males and 2 females. The male (green)parakeet will feed the female (blue) parakeet that is sitting on eggs so she can incubate. Without the male feeding the female, she will probably get hungry or not sit the eggs. Usually, the first couple of clutches are infertile so no damage has been done. So let's try and make sure that you do not have a yellow male. If you have a yellow male, you can separate him and place him with the white female. If you have a yellow female, you still can place her with the white female as they will get along. Then you can place the blue female that you think is pregnant with the green male you believe to be the dad. There is no right wrong with however you choose to do this. It is just easier to have two birds per cage --- the two birds can be a male/female pair or two males or two females. You are not punishing the victim - you are allowing the two you believe mated to continue being a pair(the green male and the blue female). I would put the blue female with the green male as you believe they are the pair and have bred. I would put the white female with what you believe to be the yellow female and you say they get along and you can pet them both. Worse case, all 4 have a friend, and you have a breeding pair and a companion pair. How does that sound. It is fine if the yellow one is a male or a female - he just can't be by the green male who wants to protect his turf from or mate with the yellow one. I mean gee if you were in a home with an in love mating couple and all by yourself, you would prefer a friend. This way you are giving the white sorta leftover female a companion.
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jon - 2003-07-19
my parakeet is soo much fun...

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  • Patrick - 2012-01-20
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Gammy - 2012-01-20
My male and female have lived together for several months. They always wanted to be together, but now the female attackes the male. I pulled them apart this morning. Her claws were hanging on to him and they were biting each other. They both bit me when I was getting them apart. The male's leg is hurt. I have them apart now, but I have only one cage. Tweety, the male, stays on my shoulder most of the time. Sometimes he flies to the cage and sits on top, then the female, Birdie, will try to bit him. WHAT IS HER PROBLEM??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-20
    She may be going into breeding condition, or may be molting. Both of these conditions can make females aggressive and moody. Adult males tend to be calmer.
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hend - 2011-12-22
does anyone know the difference between eastern and western Rosella?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-22
    There are several different species of rosellas and the Easter and Western are just two of them. The Rosellas are found in Australia and for the most part the personalities are the same. The size and coloring might be slightly different based on location.
  • bernie - 2012-01-20
    If you go on to Google and type in `Rosellas`a page will show up entitled ` Images of Rosellas`click on that and it shows all types of the bird
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Corina - 2012-01-09
The rosella I have is much brighter in color than the one in the picture? I handraised him and all went well until I allowed him to walk freely in the house. Now you cannot take him out of the cage as he started to bite. Is there a way to tame him again? Also how do you clip the wings...I use to clip only one wing and only left the first 3 feathers to still have him look nice. That doesn't seem to work anymore..second reason for not taking him out of his cage

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  • bernie - 2012-01-20
    If the Rosella is brighter in colour it is a fairly good indication it is a Male, not foolproof mind,There is no need to clip a birds feathers, just be patient and keep giving it plenty of attention, I find that if you train it to a stick first and then progress from there, It may be getting nasty because it wants to breed, this time of the year is their breeding season,Get him a female and breed them,well worth the effort
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margrat - 2011-12-16
my budgie has been sneezing quite alot recently and has yellow ceres could you help me please ??x

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-16
    A female has a light tan or light yellow cere and that is normal. The sneezing - I would think she is allergic to the bedding or something close to her cage. Check her nostrils to make sure there isn't anything clogged in there - it does happen - If she is active, eating and poop looks normal - probably just allergic to something and maybe just the time of year.
  • B. Wood - 2012-01-19
    I hope your bird is doing better. I saw your post today and decided "better late than never" to comment. My budgie has encountered this problem a couple of times in the 7 years I've had him. He also had other symptoms in addition to the sneezing such as abnormal stools, hanging out on the bottom of his cage, unusually quiet, and staying fluffy all the time. I called my vet's office. They mentioned he may have an upper respiratory illness and suggested I try a medication which I was able to purchase at my local pet store. A couple drops of the liquid added to Blueberry's water over a period of a few days seemed to do the trick. I learned the hard way that you must keep your bird out of drafts (this includes A/C vents!). Even though he pecks at the covering I put over him, (he's extremely nosey and wants to know what's going on all the time) he gets tucked into bed at 9:30 every evening with a heavy towel. He can still see out along the bottom if his curiousity is really getting the best of him, though. Great pet. I hope you are enjoying yours!
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nwinberry - 2012-01-09
I have a male and a female parakeet that we bought for our son for christmas. I've done a lot of reading and learning on how to take care of them. I have noticed in a lot of websites that you should let them out of the cage and fly around a bit everyday. My question is if we let them out will they go back into the cage or will they fly around crazily?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-09
    You can't just let them out of the cage to fly around. They could fly into a wall, a door, a mirror and the impact would probably break their neck. It is great/wonderful/good to let them out but you have to show them safety. Example close the drapes/blinds or whatever in a small room and let them out but dit them on the bed. Let them venture but pick them up and show them HARD WALLS - cover mirrors. Show them soft landings by just sorta gently plopping them on the bed. Do this slowly throughout the home (or wherever they would venture) over many days. Hold them and knock on the walls and knock on the windows - let them feel the walls and windows with their beak so they realize not air. You can't just let them out you have to teach them.
  • Joe H - 2012-01-16
    It depends how trained your birds are. If they are hand trained and happy to step up to you then let them out. I have never known a bird to fly into a wall unless they are having a night fright, which is rare anyway, and mine tend to sleep in their cage anyway, further reducing the chances of this. You do have to be careful of windows and mirrors, net curtains are brilliant but mirrors do have to be covered, you'd think the idea of another budgie flying at them would be enough incentive to not go there but it's not. It looks clear so they go for it. Watch things like electrics, any open water (kitchens tend to be a bad place in general, unhygenic for one, but cookers and water and kettles and whatnot) all that sort of thing but most birds are very sensible. Don't let them out until they feel safe in their cage, and always keep an eye on them, they are happy to get into mischeif if they can (one of my new ones last year decided to crawl underneath my bed and refused to come out for three hours). Check your house plants aren't poisonous cause they're happy to eat them, and just generally use your common sense. Many people don't let theirs out during christmas for example because of the additional lights etc, but as long as you are watching them and they have things they are allowed to chew they are unlikely to. Mine love the Christmas tree and decorations because it's new places to land on and explore! Do be careful with any plants you bring in, especially Christmas trees, that they have not been treated in such a way it will harm your birds, I know someone whose conure lost a large amount of its feathers as they did not know it had been treated (they came through later fine). The best advice is once mirrors and windows are sorted, as long as they're tame just keep an eye on them! They tend to look after themselves and love coming down to see what you're doing! (So prepare for many interruptions and poo everywhere, but don't worry, it's easy to clear up). Mine now live in an aviary, but for several years they never had their cage door shut when I was in. Even at night they would always go in and stay in until I told them they were allowed out ('Bedtime' and 'morning' took a LONG time to train) so shutting it then was pointless.
  • Joe H - 2012-01-16
    And just one more thing! As it's a boy and a girl do make sure you watch them ALL the time. Once you know your budgies behaviour you will recognise when she is starting to feel broody, and a room has plenty of little hidey holes for nests. When this starts to happen best to let them have a nest box in their cage, and if you don't want youngsters, replace her eggs as she lays them with china ones, cheap and easy to buy, and she can sit and incubate until she's over the broodiness. Saves clutches being raised on top of wardrobes! (Again, someone I know had that, her birds were free to fly around all the time, and she saw her male sitting on the edge of the wardrobe a lot. Female was on top incubating and then rearing, a lot of mess and even more noise than normal! She's not made that mistake since and always offers a nestbox when she reckons she's broody, and uses the china eggs!)
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rosa - 2012-01-10
I have a parakeet that is white with pinkish eyes. I'm not sure if it's female or male but it is very active. How do you tell if female or male? I've been calling her a heather, I talk to her and it's like she knows what Im saying. I'll ask her if she has a good girl while I'm at school, she will bob her head yes. I've never had one before but its great. I also have a jack russell dog that is glued to her at all times with her plastic bone in her mouth. It sounds like sometimes they are talking to each other, is that possible. If anyone can help me on this sure would appriecate it. You can e mail me it would be great to hear comments. Thanks Rosa

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-10
    The males cere - the area right above the nostrils and across the eyes is usually a color - blue or sometimes a brighter green. The females cere is usually a yellowish tan color. Yes, as far as I am concerned somehow all the animals can communicate. I have no idea how but they (just like children) will band together frequently to drive humans nuts. I had a bird that would somehow call my dog and chatter back and forth and the dog would open the additional lock I had placed on the bottom and let the parrot out. I had a parrot that would yell 'help ma' whenever the dogs would let the deer out. Many many occurances of incidents liuke this over the years. I am completely convinced they can communicate with each other.
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abid - 2011-10-14
Hi I have baby yellow ring neck. His stomach is so hard. His digestive system not working well?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-15
    I don't know if something similar but a little white belly caique we had, his stomach was like he ate a rock. My human panicked - of course and took it to the vet. The little guy had somehow swallowed a whole almond - shell and all. The vet said it would pass and it did. One time I just decided that I wanted a whole bunch of nuts and ate the bowl and the same thing happened. My human said it felt like I had eaten the stones from the planter but I didn't. Could your little guy have eaten something or just too much? If it lasts longer than a day or two - you might think about a vet.
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