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KeetieLady - 2009-04-16
I a commenting to "missingmybird" and also to the one who asked how you can tell the sex of a bird... vets can tell for sure, ha, but other than that, its their ceres "beak" color, if blue a boy, if pink a girl, easy to remember-- but sometimes one must wait a bit because my present keet was about 3 months when his ceres went from pink to blue and later vet confirmed.
To missingmybird, 7 yrs is a nice life--and you gave him a good one and a nice end for him to kiss you before going to birdie heaven... I had a keet that ran into things--everytime he flew-- and we realized he was partially blind so that may be it with your precious parakeet. I hope you consider getting a new one. My blind one only lived 5 yrs but my present bird is 12 years old next mo and doing extremely well.
Even though my talkin Tweet is 12, I never had his wings-- or nails-- clipped and his cage is always open but I'm careful that he never got used to combing the floors, you know like we do beach combing-- it's dangerous what they will put in their mouths... but they like children, they won't hurt them, and like to fly, that is so important. and unless you have been trained to clip wings and nails you really shouldn't do it yourself![thinking of someone here who commented].

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Laura Reyes - 2009-12-04
I love having parakeets. I had a beautiful girl named Bebe for 3 years, but someone left the door open and she flew away right before a hurricane like storm, so I lost her. I cried for 2 days because she did lots of cute stuff and my husband and I loved her alot. Then,a year ago I got 2, Dude and Precious, and Precious died a couple of months ago. We had a funeral for her and buried her under an oak tree. Now I got Zen about 4 months ago, and I thought it was a boy, but the cere changed color so I think its a girl! I am confused, and may have to call her Zena! Anyway she plays soccer with a golf ball and carries a tiny baseball bat around in her mouth and is very funny. Dude is rather timid but is a beautiful white and turquoise. I am thinking of getting another one soon. I love them!

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shadwick jones - 2009-04-12
My wife and I and our three children just received the gift of two young parakeets one blue, one yellow. My wife was outside with the dog when the blue one started to land on her. Not knowing what it was she swatted at it (she did miss though). After realizing what it was and seeing it had a partner, we started the process of catching them. After an hour of trying to catch them while they were wanting to land on us but were too afraid to, my wife was able to grab one (of course it bit the flitter out of her). We put it in a cage and finally caught the yellow one, and now they are both in the cage and are very content. We put up flyers thinking they just got away from someone, but no one has called. So we will keep them and care for them as we have had so many more animals in the past. My wife named them "lost" and "found" and it has stuck. Now it's just a matter of training them to not bite and building a larger cage for them. This all happen three days before Easter. I guess the Easter Bunny was a little early (hopefully next year he will remember that we all enjoy egg hunts, but we prefer them before they hatch and can fly, its a lot easier).

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Caroline B - 2010-03-06
I have parakeets that appear to be male and female. A friend heard they (and cockatiels) mate for life. I cannot find this listed anywhere. Can someone tell me if this is true or how to encourage their breeding relationship. Thanks

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Carlos - 2005-04-13
Hello, my name is Carlos and I owned a parakeet, a Budgie and his name was Kiko, I found Kiko in the apartments were I lived. At that time he could not fly, but when I tried to catch him, he started chirping until I got him. I took him to my apartment and put him on a plant, at the beginning he did not want me to hold him, but as the time went by he started trusting me and the way I finally convinced him to get in on my finger is giving him kisses. After 6 months he learned a word "callate" which means - shut up, and after that he learned more words like "cotorrito" -little parrot, "cotorro" -parrot, "pajarito" -little bird, "pajaro" -bird and of course his name Kiko. Kiko liked to eat cheese, beans, and bananas and especially when I was eating. He always wanted to be around me, because every time I got to the apartment he flew to my shoulder and start kissing me, and also he liked to talk in my cell phone and when my wife was using the computer he always wanted to be on the keyboard. Another thing is that every weekend in the morning as soonest he heard my voice he flew to the bedroom and goofing around and start talking. Sometimes when my wife was making the bed he always wanted to be there, and it was kind of funny, because he ran around the bed following my wife. This bird was so special to us, but one time when I went to do laundry and came home and I opened the door he flew where I was, but I was holding the basket with my clothes in it, that I did not say anything and he did not stop and flew away, when I saw him flying away I could say anything like I was on shock and I tried to locate him and I found him on a tallest tree that he could not hear me that I had to go on the top of the building to try to get his attention, but when he was looking at me trying, I guess to recognize me a big bird got near him and he flew away. I am so sad because this Budgie was very special parakeet. Now I bought a new one and hopefully this new one can learn to talk.

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Jonell Moore - 2012-03-08
My parakeet uses her water bowl as a toilet. I have a seperate bowl for her drinking water, but it is on the ground and she spills it daily. I want a bowl like her toilet bowl for her drinking water, but I am afraid that she will use that as a toilet too: because once in a while I have seen poop in it. What should I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-08
    Move the water to another location in the cage. Purchase a water bowl that screws onto another side or the front of the cage. You can try either of these two things but probably the easiest thing is to just change the water frequently.
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Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-03
i wake up every day because my parakeets make noise how do I make then stop or my parent will take them back to the petstore help help help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-03
    They normally make quite a bit of nose as the sun starts coming up - or it is the start of their day. You can close the drapes/blinds whatever in your room so they don't see the light. Some folks cover the cage but be careful with that. It has to be a smooth fabric that they can't get a hold of. You don't want them getting entangled in a cloth. They also need to be able to breathe - I am not for covers at all. Not having light come in the room via closed blinds should work.
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Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-02-26
Ok I got a parakeet, right, but they are very scared of people so sometimes I put my hand on the cage to fix it. Everytime they fly. What do I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    Putting your hand on or in the cage to those little parakeets would be like KING KONG or some alien being putting their hand above your head while you were in bed. Scares them. You have two parakeets, so chances are they are going to bond with each other - and not necessarily with a human. If you want to try, then start by talking to them or singing or whateverr and giving them small tidbits of treats, cheerios, cracker with almond buttter, pieces of toast etc with your hand. But open the cage door and let them take it from your hand. Go slow and talk so they can see you and get used to you. The first few times, maybe all you can do is just put the treat in the food bowl and go from there. You can probably have them not afraid but I don't know they will ever be tame - being they are not at this age - probably not hand fed or handled and there are two of them so no need for human companion.
  • Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-03
    Thank you it's working.
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Tracy Hefner Hardesty - 2012-03-02
Also, they look young, so how can they tell already what they are?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-02
    You really can't tell what the sex is untill they are about 6 months old. The males cere - right between - slightly above the nostrils will be a color usually a bluish. The females cere will be a creme color or very pale looking yellow/beige.
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Tracy Hefner Hardesty - 2012-03-02
I just got 2 parakeets 1 yellow 1 white w/pale yellow. The yellow one is on the side of the cage at top and won't move. Is something wrong? He looks so scared..and the pet store told me they are both female. I dont want babies and so hope they were right!..

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-02
    It takes a few days for a bird to settle in to the new enviornment. They are scared and they will usually snuggle up to the cage side and sit at the very top - almost cramped up. Scared. That does not mean that you can't talk softly or sing or laugh around him - you should. Let him get used to the noises in the home and your voice and Television sounds. There also isn't any reason for you not to pick him up, hold him close to your chest, talk softly and pet the top of his head. You want them to get used to you and if you show that you are not nervous and afraid - they have a tendency to relate to the flock leader - that's you.
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