Animal Stories - Budgerigars - Parakeets


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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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Kristi - 2012-02-26
We just got a parakeet. He's so cool! What type cage would you recommend? And what about toys?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    Scroll up and look under housing in this Animal World article for recommendations on caging. Get rid of the doll rods that come with the cage. Birds really can't hold on to those smooth surfaces and their feet will cripple or hurt - just like a human trying to hang onto a broom stick or balance onone. You can purchase cholla brances or just use branches from a fruit tree - or sanded manzanita. Put a concrete perch as the highest perch in the cage for sleeping and that way his nails and beak will stay trimmed cuz he will do it himself. Toys - all sorts of toys for your little one are avialbe at pet stores but you can make them too. A real small dixie cup - they find fun. A popsicle stick. A toilet paper roll, a piece of paper towel - especially if you hold it and play peek. Just have fun and enjoy
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Rhondalove - 2012-02-22
Why is my budgies shedding?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-22
    Even when housed inside, birds get a heavy white down undercoat to keep them warm for the winter. When spring is about here, they SHED the down - all those little white feathers - that they don't need as warmer weather is coming.
  • Rhondalove - 2012-02-22
    Thanks, I thought they were sick.
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Roberta - 2012-02-19
How do you know where a parakeet is looking? When he is looking straight ahead is he looking at me or at my husband who would be to his right?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-20
    I don't know what the peripheral vision of a parrot is but when I call my bird(s) they look at me. If they look out the window and see a strange car - they make a big racket. It seems they look at where their head is facing but I think they have better peripheral vision that humans do.
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coree - 2011-04-18
I have a Budgie parakeet name Polly. I'm getting another one soon. I'm naming it Penny or Perry. Polly is under 1 year old and he likes to talk to other birds outside. We call him vampire because he likes to swing upside down. He's an active bird and I love him very much.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-19
    Sounds like you are enjoying. I am glad and keep us up to date on your new adddition.
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amal - 2012-02-07
thanks for the tips earlier but the nuts for the birds must be raw or toasted...and one more thing i jus caught them mating i left the room while they're out for less than five min to come back and see this shall i put them in the same cage but i can't have them having babies my parents were not happy about them from the beginig what shall I do ??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-07
    If you didn't want babies, then you should have gotten just one or two of the same sex. It is probably to late to do anything now.
  • tre - 2012-02-10
    You have to keep them in the same cage
  • amal - 2012-02-10
    The problem is when I got them they were little baby birds and I didn't know their sex !
    So I don't know what just happened and I love them so much I won't be able to give any of them away
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Debra Milhoan - 2012-01-26
i have a male and female parakeets i did see them mating other day they have been acting strange lately i have now notice the female has taken out all their out cup by taking her feet pushing out food . so now does this meaning she marking where she may hatch her eggs if she is going to have them she never done this before and male follows her every where .is there something i need to do ?? thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-26
    Yes, if you do not provide a nesting area they can be quite creative. Enjoy
  • Rich - 2012-01-31
    Go to the pet store and purchase a nest box and nesting supplies she may have kids on the way however I heard first round sometimes are infertile
  • orley - 2012-02-06
    I think the male is following because he is her partner and is caring for her and get a nesting box let the male with the girl
  • tre - 2012-02-10
    Did you put a nesting box
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Janice E Pettey - 2012-02-07
I have 2 budgers a male w/blue chest,blk and wht fealther a female all white but the female seem to be in controll at all times. It seem as if the male can't eat until she lets him she even gets to the point she trys to fight him, then after a while he gets very loud w/ her an keeps turning his head back an force is he tryin to let her know he's the BOSS then they start kissin is the kissin a part of mating? CAN you tell me what's goin on with my birds I'm lost, their names are male (blue) female (ivory) what are the bracelet on them for

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-07
    The 'bracelets' as you call them are identification bands and are put on the bird by the breeder, identifying the breeder. They should be a closed band. You can take it off - not easy but doable or have the vet do it. My opinion, most parrot females rule the roost outside of breeding season. It is their desires, their wishes, their wants that come first. This changes during breeding season when the male becomes more dominant and says 'stay in the back of the cage' or 'stay in the nest box' etc. Works for them. Yes kissing (or regurgitation of food) is part of the mating process.
  • Janice E Pettey - 2012-02-08
    Thankks for your help, I quess I need to by a nest
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