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Ruth HAlpin - 2012-01-04
I have a blue and white parakeet (male, he does have blue where the nostrils are). My husband bought him at a pet store for our 10 and 12 year old g-kids, and is kept at our house. The pet store owner told them that this bird was fairly young, like less than or about a year old. I have done some research to see if or how long it could take them to learn to talk. I have read that some people have worked with their parakeets and have had them learning small phrases such as 'pretty bird' 'hello' etc. We have had this bird (we call him Gizmo, or Gizzy) for approximately 3 months and he hasn't even begun to say anything yet. I work with him EVERY DAY too. He is never alone because I am in the kitchen with him ALL DAY. All he does is chirp a LOT (he does this by chirping at himself while in front of a plastic mirror LOL). My question is this...Is it possible that Gizmo is older that what we were told why he isn't trying to learn to say anything? He is well fed, well watered, and gets lots of attention. AND he does have some of the tiny or down feathers in his cage. He NEVER gets near the bottom of his cage, he always stays on one of his perches and will go in the opposite direction if you even act like you're going to try to touch the cage near where he is. He does seem to be a little nervous sometimes (you can see him shake or shiver as if cold). I can talk softly to him as if trying to calm a child, and he will look at me and act as if he's trying to fall asleep, almost hypnotic. So ANY comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated by you parakeet owners or vets.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-04
    Short story. There was a little boy and he was 5 years old and the little boy had never said one word. The parents were extremely concerned and had taken the child to various doctors.
    One day the mom talking to the father said 'I am just so concerned and upset, what happens if our boy is never able to speak?' The little boy looked up at his mother and said 'Dear mother, I can assure you if there is something on my mind, I shall articulate without difficulty' That is a bird. That was Einstein. Actions need to go with the speech 'KISS' 'HUG' 'HI BOY' 'TICKLE' 'PRAYER and NITE NITE' 'TREAT' 'NO' The bird (as a child) must associate an action with a word. Second option is just plain fun. They like a beat - a beat in music, whistling, just being silly. I do 'rat a tat tat man about town' in a rap fashion and my bird picked it up first shot. Rhythym. The idea is to get him to start with any speech. They are usually between one and two years of age. -- similar to a child.
  • Ruth HAlpin - 2012-01-04
    WOW! Thank you SO much for such a quick reply!! Well, I have learned something so far. And you are right with the child association. I will just have to keep trying with Gizmo then. My 12 year old g-son told me that the pet store owner told he and his g-pa that Gizmo was approximately 6 months old...still, under a year as I had previously stated. I think my g-kids were expecting a 'miracle' to get him to start talking so soon. I have read that some owners got their birds to speak within 4 weeks. And are able to hold them or the bird will perch on their finger. Gizmo will have NO part of that...yet. Any other comments or suggestions tho are still always appreciated! Thank you!!
  • savannah - 2012-01-04
    i had bought a blue parakeet in a pet shop and with some time and patience he will talk when he wants to, i got mine and a week later i started taking him out all the time, u just have to endure the bits and calm him down and take him out every day and eventually he will give.. i have had mine 5 months now and he still dont talk but he does not bite me and loves to come out of his cage... just keep trying there the easiest of the all birds to get to love u and love to b out of its cage..
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-04
    Seems a little strange that a parakeet would be on someone finger upright at 4 weeks as their feathers just start coming in around 3 weeks. So maybe they were HOLDING the litttle fella. Many breeders let the bird parents feed and wean and fledge parakeets. The breeder will hand feed the baby sometimes just once and say it is a hand fed baby. It isn't. If your little fella is afraid of coming out of the cage and onto your hand - start feeding him outside his cage - especially treats. Slowly start feeding him cheerios or sunflower (shelled) with your hand and let him get used to your hand. Slowly (when he lets you, pet top of his head or side of his face. Talk softly to him. Me - I'd just would let him out of the cage, pick him up and hold him to my chest. For some reason they hear a human heart beat and it calms them. I'd just hold him and pet top of his head. Putting your hand in a bird cage is sorta like King Kon putting his paw in your bedroom while you are sleeping. Let Gizmo come out, feed him with your hand - even yogurt or baby applesauce etc with a spoon - scraps from dinner from your plate. Let him eat with you. He is a child - not the best table manners but such company.
  • Ruth HAlpin - 2012-01-05
    Thank for your kind comments folks. First of all, it would be kinda hard to feed Gizmo ANYTHING other than his bird food and water because he seems so skittish. I have tried placing/hanging different food items in his cage and he refuses to touch any of it. He treats it all like it's from outer space or something or doesn't trust it. Second, if he's so skittish if ANYTHING gets near him, how is he able to come out of his cage without freaking out? Maybe after another 3 months, he might realize that we're NOT gonna hurt him?? He knows his name too LOL! I can call out to him and his head looks up and he looks around. He really does LOVE his mirror too. He'll sit and chirp at himself for long periods. Do you think his skittishness may stem from his time at the pet store or something? With kids and adults poking at his cage? I'm just trying to be a good parakeet owner is all. Years ago, I used to have a pair of cockatiels (male Joey that WAS hand fed and Harley, female that we bought at a pet store). Joey was a sweety too. He LOVED attention, being held and played with, freedom to come in and out of his HUGE cage. Joey would even go back to his cage to go bird! Harley on the other hand was a bi**h! LOL! She was ALWAYS skittish too, no matter how much love we tried to give her. I still miss Joey after 15 years. He was my cuddle baby. They too loved going about, getting showers with a spray bottle or going out and sit at the birdbath. Joey was funny too. He would come to the table when we ate to see what we were having and I always set something out just for them. They, or he, loved it. He liked to play cards with us too...LOL! And he had Andy Griffith down pat! He could whistle about 9 different tunes, but we only ever heard him speak ONCE in 5 years. So, I'm a little familiar with birds and am still hoping that Gizmo will do fine after a while. We shall see huh?
  • Jessie - 2012-01-17
    How can you tell if it is a boy or girl
  • Terri Nation - 2012-01-27
    I have 2 parakeets, one male and one female. They havent talked yet either. They do let me pet them but they are very timid and afraid most of the time if my hand is in the cage. I try and work with them everyday too. I have had them about 3 months also. I'm sure it just takes time. I have a friend who has parakeets also and hers let her hold them and they fly around her house all the time. I want that lol
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.
jon - 2003-07-19
my parakeet is soo much fun...

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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.
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!
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!)
cucuta... - 2011-12-10
female birds are always green or yellow , and male birds are always blue ? , ore that depends on the way they look for example their tail ?

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  • Catalina - 2012-01-03
    Female and male birds can be any color for example I have a blue,female parakeet you can only tell by looking at their beak. Blue beak= Male
    Brown beak= female. :] Your Welcome!!!!
  • Kelly - 2012-01-03
    4 parakeets if the nostrils are blue or purple it's a boy pink or brown means girl
Confused2011 - 2011-12-27
I recently acquired two Parakeets for my soon to be 4 year old from a friend of my mother. The birds came as a complete surprise and I was completly shocked when she gave them to me. Right now our home is not big enough for the birds, 1 bedroom apt with two adults and a todler. I am a person who has never liked birds being kept as pets and now that I have had them for a couple of days that outlook is changing. In reality it is not fair to the birds to be with us and do not know what else to do with them other than to give them back. If anyone has any suggestions please reply, trying to do what is best for the birds.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-27
    Their heart might have been in the right place but they should have asked. I am sorry. You can advertise the birds on Craigslist or any free paper. You can take them to a rescue (yes they do take birds). You can ask your friends or call a breeder. You can probably take them to a pet store. I think I would just give them back to the woman with thanks for her consideation but explain your concern for the parakeets.
  • Catalina - 2012-01-03
    I think if your uncomfortable you should just try to give them the best freeedom you can like letting them walk on the ground. Just try to make them happy while they are there it might take off the burden:p ur welcome!!
Aleisha Sanders - 2011-12-14
I need some advice from veteran parakeet owners. our female just had 2 hatchlings about 6 weeks ago and today my father calls saying that she has laid an egg. so my concern is it okay for the older keets to be mating again not even 3 months afterwards

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-15
    It happens sometimes. I would give her extra calcium - scrabled eggs with the shells in or a cuttlebone but yes it does happen and not uncommon.
William - 2011-12-13
I love, parakeets. They are vary cute,kind,clean (At, times.) But in all means great pets to have! Not only dogs but, parakeets to are sadly, inbred. We as people commonly don't thank of pet birds, being inbred. Well it is true if you look at it. When you see a blue parakeet, you can't really see it out in the wild. Well that is because you can't! Parakeets such as purple and white and blue and other all sorts are inbred to sell. If you ever see a parakeet with a ankle band on it does not mean its under house protection but it means it was bred to be a bird of show and probably did not win. (Other problems with a inbred bird is... Week bones,Inteligents(at times) and feather loss.) I have a natural un inbred parakeet (Yellow and Green) and his/her name is Ptak Polish for bird and still is to young to have a sex id. But, in other terms parakeets are a great pet to have cheep and loyal to you if you treat it right in any color size and shape they make me happy and I wish they do you to :) ~William Scott