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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

Dolores - 2011-11-29
Can two males be together in the same cage.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    Yes they can. No problem.
  • Robin Stitt - 2011-12-05
    Yes two males can live together and will become close friends; even will take turns acting like the female and allowing the other to regurg. food and feed; if there are two males and a female there will be fighting until they can figure it out.
  • zeeshan khan - 2011-12-09
    difference between australlian parrot male and female
Robin Stitt - 2011-12-05
I have a male green/yellow male whose beak gets an out growth which curls under and gets so long he can no longer close his mouth, so I have started to use a fingernail clipper to keep it normal shaped. Has any one seen or heard of this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-05
    Yep. It is an overgrown beak. The vet will file it or clip it but you sound like you have that down. They say it is a result of a trauma to the beak or a nutrictional problem. You can try a lava rock in the cage and it might just file it's own beak down. I would try some vitamin supplements or look into his diet also.
david - 2011-12-05
is it best to get another bird after his mate has been gone for 5yrs?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-05
    I don't think there is a best or not best in this. I am sure your little one would enjoy company but is fine with you as a companion. It sorta depends on what you would like.
amal - 2011-12-02
Hi I have 2 parakeets males I guess in 2 seprate cages... Muradi I got him 2 months ago and was training him he was ok....And I got Minion a few days ago he's already trained...when I get Minion out of his cage in a seprate room from where the two usually are he's so sweet he plays with me sits on my shoulders and head and even let me kiss him..the problem is Muradi doesn't respond with me anymore???..And when the two are out together they just don't come near me what's the best way to deal with them and train them...and how can I make them go into the same cage with out fighting...because whenever i try they just bite each other.....please help me

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-02
    If you have two parakeets in one cage - chances are they will pair bond - you will be the extra. So if you want them both as pets - leave them in separate cages. You need to work/train each bird separately. Work/play/talk to each parakeet separately giving words to the actions you perform. 'SIT' 'UP' 'KISS' 'PET' etc. If you want them in the same cage - you will just have to work with them more often. They will learn to get along in neutral territory when they are outside the cage. I would let both parakeets out and then rearange the cage and move it to a different location. When you see the birds getting along, put them in what they now believe to be a neutral cage. Muradi I would think is protecting 'HIS CAGE' and wanting to insure he is the alpha. Change the cage around, move it and let them learn about each other in neutral territory.
  • amal - 2011-12-03
    thanxs I'll try doing all this and see what works with me
shariq ahmed - 2011-11-27
Hello, I have a parakeet, yellow in colour. The problem with him is that when I
want to fetch him from my hand he sometimes gets away &sometimes he eats it. And it's same when I pat him on his chest. Please let me know what is his problem.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    You mean he is chewing on your hand? Pretty normal. They try and lift freckles off. They try and let you know that they don't want to go back in the cage or be moved. Affection. They will preen you like they would another bird.
  • shariq ahmed - 2011-11-29
    no, he is just moving away, in the cage.
mutaz - 2011-11-25
Dear Charlie , one of my baby budgies ( 2 months of age) has a lazy right side foot. It is always avoiding to step on it , he can move it but very slowly , because of that problem . He is always standing at the bottom of the cage , avoid flying and always eating while sitting in the food pot.

Another baby ( same age) was very healthy for a month and suddenly his left wing start trembling then his wing seems to be prolapsed, he is still able to move it but not flying and always staying in the lower locations of the cage.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-25
    My guess is the one has what is called a splayed leg or possibly it was broken while in the nest. Sometimes moms sit to tight on the little ones and their leg/wing even neck can get twisted. Babies tend to heal very fast and the one with the foot problem may always have a weakness there but it should get better and he will be fine. They will do fine if they only have one leg - they get around. So it should heal and just right now it is sore. The one with the wing, possibly twisted or broke the wing falling, hitting the side of the cage etc. Feel both wings and see if possibly the wing has been broken. If you don't feel a difference or see a difference between the two wings - again probably will be fine. If you can feel a break or a rough spot (gully like) on the wing, possibly broken. It should be wrapped but the fact that he is moving it would tell me that not broken just twisted or sore. Good luck and aren't babies just so neat?
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    You have a busy mom there. Enjoy. I am glad the wing wasn't broken. I didn't think it was but she probably twisted it. Babies can be a little clumsy.
  • mutaz - 2011-11-26
    Thank you charlie, I have checked the wing as you directed, bones feels to be ok, and it is moving and stretching the wing normally, might be twisted as you said. Thanks again and yes these babies are neat and marvelous. And a gain this mum I have is brilliant, as she got only 5 babies left from the last 10 eggs she laid. Now she laid 6 new eggs, and after recounting the babies she decided to break one of the eggs keeping only 5. I highly appreciate your assistance.
cathy - 2011-11-18
We just bought a beautiful 'rare' yellow parakeet...She's only 7 weeks old and adjusting roommate has never had a bird of any kind and I have had numerous kinds. She believes 'Sweetie' needs a bed...I have tried to tell her that birds don't lay down..LOL..Please respond and let her know that 'Sweetie' doesn't need a bed...she won't believe me...


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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-18
    Sweetie doesn't need a bed - honest. Most of us birds sleep sitting upright and even sometimes on one leg.