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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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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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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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MIKE GREENE - 2012-03-27
I GOT A PARAKEET I THOUGHT HE WAS LONEY SO I GOT HIM A FRIEND BUT ALL HE DOES IS PECK AT THE BIRDS HEAD AND BEAK LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE KISSING?????? I HOPE HE IS NOT TRYING TO HURT THE BIRD.HELP !!!!!!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-27
    They are just playing. I think they like to sword fight with their beaks sometimes but I have never had one that hurt another. The pecking at the head - that is probably preening where the one bird removes that waxy type coating off the new feathers coming in. Just affection and attention.
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Kayla - 2012-03-26
I purchased a green parakeet 3 weeks ago an its cere is still white. He is still scared of my hand. He listens and looks at me when I approach the cage, but once he sees my hand aproach that door he flies to the back of the cage, and waits till I take my hand out. Every now an then he will let me pet his chest or he will put one foot on my finger until he notices it's my finger and not the perch. He starts shaking his foot like eew. lol can some one please help me tame him.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-26
    You are doing fine - just keep on doing what you are doing. Let him HOLD your finger, keep on talking to her and remember your hand going into her cage is like King Kong waking you up in the morning. Feed her treats with your hand - try and feed her outside the cage or at least on top of it. She will get used to your hand. Don't forget to talk to her and let her get used to the homes noises.
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Kenneth Christie - 2012-03-26
i purchased a pair of green parakeets from a store. It has been a week now and I'm not sure how to train them. They are a little afraid of me. Any help from anyone please. Any tips on how to solve these problem.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-26
    It takes awahile for new parrots to settle into their enviornment. They are afraid of everything - new noises, location, new sounds and you. You need to just go slow and talk to them, sing, laugh, let them walk around on the floor or bed and just let them come to you. You have two and they will most likely pair bond. You actually have no idea as to how old they are or if they were ever tame. Training - that is going to be not easy with two that will pair bond but you can try just letting them come to you and feeding them treats (cheerios, millet, chicken) with your hand and hopefully they will get used to you. I am truly not overly concerned as you possibly have a male and female and they will mate and you will have a cuddly pet but why would you purchase a bird that can not be handled? Hand fed babies are as cuddly and loverly as you can get and they won't need any training. People wouldn't purchase a puppy that bites or can't be held - why do they purchase a bird that can't be held and cuddled?
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Gabriel - 2012-03-26
One of my parakeets just died. I'm not sure what happened to him. I'm not an expert on parakeets so I need some info.

He had 3 other parakeets in the cage with him. Food was replaced daily along with Fresh water too. I had him for less then a week a total of 5 days. Found him in the corner of the cage and on the bottom of the cage had poo piles like diarrhea. I was gone for the day and when I came home that night he was dead.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-26
    I have no way to know what happened to your little guy but I would sure throughly clean and disinfect the cage/toys etc. My concern is you just bought the parakeet from a pet store and what happens if the parakeety was ill and/or contacious? On the bottom of the cage with diarrhead could be any number of things but my concern is to protect the ones you have left. Clean everything extremely throughly with bleach water solution or Novalsan. Unless the parakeet ater something toxic, I'd say you bought a sick bird. You might want to talk to a vet.
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Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-25
ok how do you tell if your parakeets is pregnant because she is fatter than the male.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-25
    If you think she is pregnant, she probably is. Get a nest box ready and wait for the eggs. Females are usually fatter than the male but when obvious, probably pregnant and eggs soon.
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Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-03
Now my parakeets are throwing seeds what do I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-03
    That is what they do. All parrots throw seed - I call it 'food fight' but actually they are just throwing the seed they don't much care for to get to the good stuff. Birds throw seed, kick seed out of bowls and will even pick up a mouth full and throw it at their human. It is funny. It is normal. Nothing you can do.
  • rick - 2012-03-22
    I keep my parrots and parakeet in glass aquariums with metal screen tops; like for reptiles. The pet stores like Pet Smart carries corn cobb or bird crushed walnut liter; this can be cleaned by sifting with a poop scooper also for reptiles at most pet stores and clean the glass with vinegar and water solution it is nontoxic and bugs and such do not like vinegar. Pet Smart also carries perches which set on the floor of the tank and with the metal reptile tops you can hang perches or toys! It keeps the mess down and my birds are quite happy! Of course I let them out every day as well! Also Pet Supplies Plus delivered my forty gallon tank and stand, for free!

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