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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
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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.
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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.
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cathy - 2011-11-18
We just bought a beautiful 'rare' yellow parakeet...She's only 7 weeks old and adjusting well...my 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...

Thanx....Cathy

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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.
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sniper - 2011-11-15
How can I cure my bird, it has sapola? But still it hatches 2 youngs..?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-17
    Spell 'sapola' again please. I am not sure what you mean.
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kristian - 2011-11-12
I want one please!

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Regina - 2011-10-28
I have owned parakeets for almost 3 years. I realize that the males' cere color is blueish thereofre mine is a male bird. I just cleaned his cage and found an egg in the bottom of the cage. he has no mate, just a toy bird he plays with. can anyone out there tell me if this is normal or a freak of nature?

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  • jaden - 2011-11-10
    If the cere is blue than your bird is a female. I have spoken with breeders and pet stores they all say if the cere is it's a female.
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amal - 2011-11-10
I've had my keet for 2 weeks now....he's 5months old I was told in the pet store..don't know if he is male or female yet...I taught him to trust me...and he hops on my hand easily now....but 2 days ago he started biting...and when I added new toys to it's cage he stood so still....did I do anything wrong? And he started eating from my hand yesterday....his name is moradi...and he's super cute...

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-11
    It may take a little while for your parakeet (Melopsittacus undulatus) to adjust to his/her new surroundings, and every time you add a new toy or accessory he/she may just be unaccustomed to it. I would continue to work with your parakeet daily for short periods of time (about 20 minutes) and see if this improves his biting. That is great that he will eat from your hand! Good luck!
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Anonymous - 2011-11-08
my parakeet is so much fun go parakeets!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-08
    They are fun, expressive, excellent companions and love to play.
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Gerri - 2011-10-27
My female parakeet is trying to lay her first egg but is having a hard time. It looks like she has pushed out her birthing canal!! It's reddish and uneven in texture. I've tried to ease it free, but it's not moving. She's mostly staying on the bottom of the cage and her feathers are fluffed. What can I do for her???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-27
    Sounds like she is egg bound. You can try and lubricate using some mineral oil on/around the cloaca and then soak her in warm water. Sometimes that helps her pass the egg. If she doesn't pass the egg trying this then get her to the vet right away. Egg binding can result in death. Sounds pretty serious with her being on the bottom of the cage and fluffed so maybe just take her to the vet now.
  • Megan - 2011-11-06
    Get your bird to a vet ASAP.This is called egg binding, and your bird will die if this egg does not pass or is not removed. That is extremely dangerous. Hopefully the vet can remove it, because from the sounds of it she isn't going to do it by herself. Best of luck, Megan.
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