Animal Stories - Parakeet: Types of Parakeets


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dileep - 2014-03-22
Hi... I have just bought a male IRN parrot... it's 3 months old... it has adapted very well in it's new place... but for the last one week it's been very sluggish and sleeping... I showed it to a vet and he has prescribed septran syrup two drops two times... though it is slightly better but still not eating as it used to be... its stools are normal... I am worried?

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  • Trishinadhaver - 2014-04-01
    Don't worry it will eat.
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chris - 2007-01-19
This is an update of my previous entry.

My derbyan that I handfed out is becoming a downright horrible pet. Having been handfed for almost 2 months and much handling it should be as sweet a hand fed baby could be.

Its behavior resembles what I refer to as "production babies;" babies that are simply fed and returned to their clutchmates where the only interaction with a human is being picked up, shot full of food and set back into their enclosures. This bird also bites whenever any move it made upon it. My other Derbyan does not do this. It also cowers in its cage whenever any movement is made in its direction. Veteran bird keepers may think this bird was never even handfed to begin with.

I feel this Derbyan is the most useless pet bird Ive had. Im most disappointed in that all the attention and socialization it has received in a home environment has resulted in this fearful, limitly handlable bird. The only thing this bird is good for is color (when it matures). Other than that, it may as well just be free flighted in an aviary. Then again it may possibly be just the personality of this particular bird.

My second derbyan (this one was weaned already and was handled minimally while living at the store) has been a much better behaved pet. However this one is cage territorial and bites when its to be taken out. When perched on my shoulder, it quietly sits and does not mess with my ears or glass's arm (the other Derbyan cannot be kept on my shoulder). It also doesnt try to fly away when I take it out unlike the other Derby. It readily enjoys human company however still does not appreciate being stroked. Despite the shortcomings this Derbyan has, it is a much more handlable and I enjoy it. How ironic that a bird with a fraction of the attention given to it has become a much better bird.

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  • Siobhan OLaoghaire Sannes - 2011-04-05
    I have now seen you refer to that poor Derbyan as a "useless pet bird" a "downright horrible pet" and then say "then only thing this bird is good for is color". As your post is years old, you probably aren't around anymore but shame on you! Every animal deserves love, a word I have yet to see you use regarding any of your birds.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-06
    Not all birds are alike and some can be quirky. I bred many birds for many years. One, a military macaw I finally named Sergeant cus he reminded me of a drill Sergeant in the Army. I did everything I could think of and his sister was just a sweetheart. Sergeant was just very difficult and I decided to hold him back for breeding as no way he could be a pet. 7 or so years went by and I get a call and this fella wants a male breeder and I tell him about Sergeant. Sergeant has been in a flight with toys and a blue/gold macaw for the 7 years but definitely not handled. Fella says perfect and I ship Sergeant across the country. Sergent looks at the fella and says "I love you" and walks up to him and steps up on his hand. Go figure. Anyway, Sergeant got married and had babies ut I couldn't believe this fella could pick Sergeant up and he did. A good breeder will hold back stock at times cuz for some reason they just realize that this one particular bird is not pet quality. It doesn't mean your derbyan won't be a pet, or won't come around as obviously Sergeant did but maybe it needs a different approach, or start over or beats me after that.
  • Cobalt - 2011-12-17
    I agree with these others. This is probably a comment that is years too late, but that's a horrible mentality for anyone who handles the birds. If that's really how you feel, then you probably should find the birds a new home and look for something else...
  • Maria Conceicao Tereza - 2012-01-14
    tony yearsley 14-1-2012 I HAVE A DERBYAN CALLED FRED HE IS 2 YEARS OLD HE IS THE BEST BUDY THAT ANY ONE COULD AS FOR. THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SITE
  • linda - 2013-02-16
    i too am in agreement about the nasty comments about the derbyan as a 'horrible useless pet' how sad that someone like this is breeding them! there are so many birds that are out there to be adopted. we are fostering a derbyan now that is similar to her bird. but she likes my husband now, and granted she is VERY loud, but we are giving her as much love as she wants, and good care anyway...i think she probably was a purchase without knowledge of the breed, which is usually only kept as an aviary bird due to the fact they really do not like to be with humans which is their nature. all we can do is try to educate people about pet birds as much as possible...
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-17
    My Derbyan is the best bird I could ever have. We have four other parrots and he is the sweetest, most well behaved bird I could ever hope for. He is now three and one-half months old. He is starting to talk, he stays on top of his play gym on his cage and does not fly off, he does not bite, he loves to be pet and will sit on my lap for hours. He is very friendly to my other family members, I feel they make wonderful pets and they are also very smart.
  • Laura - 2014-03-29
    I was told my Derbyan was a male, he is now almost a year old. I would like to know at what age does his top beak turn orange? My bird is the friendliest, smartest bird we have and we have 6 different parrots. So if he is actally a girl, I am ok with that but I would like to know if anyone purchased a young Derbyan male and what age his beak turned orange - I was told it changes by 18 months.
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Anonymous - 2014-03-25
What are warts on beaks and feet caused from?

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Mary - 2004-01-15
Hello, I just got my second Parakeet,a Budgie.yesturday. When I first pulled out of the parking space that I was in after buying my keet. He was perched on my finger verry close to the window of my car. Then after 8 minutes, He went to the top of my sterring wheel. It was verry funny. The bird was not afraid of anything. He was first facing oncomming traffic. Then he turned toward me. When I had to make a sharp turn, he started to go down, I had to put him in one of my hands, That was after I put him on the steering when again. He rode there most of the way home, 15 miles away from our home, Then we went to the drive thru at the bank. To get new pet toys. He was again on top of the steering wheel, until we went back home again.... If this were a Story A would call it driving miss tweety...

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  • kelly martin - 2013-03-15
    that sounds like 'driving miss lazy' from a show called thats so raven SUPER :)
  • hailey bjornson - 2013-07-03
    They love company.
  • joe - 2014-02-15
    Are parakeets better left indoors or outdoors don't know if they carry any kind of lice.
  • Anonymous - 2014-03-18
    Cool!
  • Steve - 2014-03-21
    Your are not supposed to keet and drive. It is against the law.
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Animal-World info on Plum-headed Parakeet
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pravin singh - 2013-11-01
i have a small paraket but it is not in talking position i m very sad about so what to do about it to make it talk

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  • Hassaan Shakir - 2014-03-19
    You should cut it's feathers, and say some words to him daily like Hello, what's your name. He'll talk in about 3 or 5 months, If you repeat these this daily.
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ashley 28 - 2014-03-18
Parakeets are really intelligent birds, I have 2!

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Mary - 2014-03-17
I have an eight year old female Plum-headed Parakeet that is changing colors to match my male Plum-headed Parakeet. I know she is female because I had her DNA tested as a baby. The male changed colors at two to three years of age. My female has been getting the male colors for the past year! Why would this happen?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    Color changes in parrots can be related to illness or a poor diet. Slight shifts in shade or intensity are normal, but a major change to a different color, or small changes along with unusual behavior, can indicate a problem. Your best bet is to take the female to a veterinarian for a checkup.
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jai - 2014-03-04
I have 3 alex birds, one male and two female. Can we put powder like 'CANDID' because we are keeping it very close to us?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-09
    That is an antifungal powder. If you concerned that you may have a situation that would require something like this, I would first look at fixing the situation rather than trying to treat for an unknown.
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jai - 2014-02-25
My Alex likes to drink milk, tea and eat rice is it ok?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    It's pretty important, from a nutritional standpoint, that you are sparing with treats. If they are fruits and vegetables, it is about 15-25% of the diet max, but with these, I would say much less. I don't think there is anything toxic in milk, and definitely not in rice, but I would be cautious with tea as it contains caffeine.
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jai - 2014-02-20
I have 2 female alex 2 years old and recently I got a male 18 months old. Can I put them together?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-20
    Parrots see their cage as a 'safe place' so when you bring in a newcomer, it's best to put them in their own cage until everybody gets along. Then if you have a large enough cage and they all like each other, they could be fine.
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