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karen - 2011-10-04
My parakeets beak is getting too long what can I do about it?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-05
    You can file it or have the vet file it. Now easier way and before I would try this - get one of those concrete perches and place it at the highest level in the cage that they can perch on. They will usually file their own beaks and nails using the perch. A lava rockk on a chian (bird toy) is good but the perch works the best. They do not like their beaks filed so best to get the perch.
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teresa - 2011-09-24
I have had one parakeet for almost 5 years , I thought about getting another one to keep mine company. would mine like it or is that a bad idea after so much time..?
and another question my birds foot seems to be hurt? he seems to not use it whenhe climbs up on the cage..
Thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-24
    You can add another budgie - no problem. I would not put themin the same cage. Let the new one have it's own cage and just place them side by side. If they want to get to be freinds - which I can't imagine them not doing - they will have someone to play with when you are not there. His food - check his foot real throughly to make sure no cuts/bumps or splinters. Feel his foot and toes to make sure smooth without any prickles from splinters. Then check the one foot against the other. Also check the ankles and see if any reaction of pulling. I don't know whether his anckle or his foot could be hurt - also strange enough birds do get arthritis - but first feel really good. Let me know. He could have sprined his leg also -
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Dennis Roberto Vasquez - 2011-08-11
My parakeets are about 2 and a half years old (Male and Female) and the female hasn't laid eggs yet. Why is that?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-11
    Just because two birds are sexually mature - it doesn't mean they are ready to do "IT" You just have to be patient and when they are ready they will go through courtship and mating. It doesn't work on a humans time table just on their time table. I have had birds that were sexually mature but didn't actually mate for another 5 years. I have also had birds that I thought were no where near old enough that did mate. It is strictly on their time table.
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-02
    Because they face problem, you can change one of them.
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Tina Petersen - 2011-08-24
ok I have 3 parakeets. I believe two are male and the other is female. Are you able to age them by there markings. I would really like to know how old they are. Thanks for any help in this matter

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-24
    The cere - the area directly above the top of the upper beak and below the eyes will take on a bluish color for the male and a tanish color for the femlae when they reach sexual maturity.
    That's around 6 - 12 months. I don't know of any other specific way on a parakeet. Birds age (obviously) and if the facial patch (such as on a macaw) is bare, the do show wrinkles. The feet on an older bird shows age just like on the hands of humans but you have to be around them a lot to really notice unless someone can point it out. Sorry
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orlene - 2011-08-15
i got 4 parakeet two males and two females the two females are rare. I was wondering when they start breeding,

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-15
    Parakeets reach sexual maturity between 6 months and 1 year of age. As to when they start breeding - that depends on them. You possibly can do things that may help. About a year old - gives them lots of nutricious and soft foods, vegetables fruits etc. You can try and lengthen their day via a UV light. Nesting materials or things they can chew up like twigs. Line the nest box and give them a perch by the nest box for easy access into and out - so they won't hit the box on a full run and break the eggs. Also, easier for them to guard their home. Patience .....
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Sherry Gooch Pruitt - 2011-07-27
How can I tell if my parakeet is male or female?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    Right above the upper part of the beak (little lower than inbetween the eyes) is called the cere. The male parakeets cere is blue and the female cere looks more tan or a light yellow.
  • coconut - 2011-08-10
    You can tell by looking were their nose is. If it's blue or whiteish it's a boy. You can only really tell by this if its mature or like 6 months old
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Hilda - 2011-08-04
Hi,,,,I have a pair of parakeets for 3 months,,,they dont mate....why?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-05
    It takes awhile for any pair of birds to acclimate to a new enviornment. Until they are relaxed, feel at home and at ease, they usually do not breed. Breeding season is pretty much year round so you just have to be patient. Also, you are sure you have a boy and a girl - right. Boy has blue cere - coloring above upper mandible (beak) and girl is usually a tannish color. Good luck but just be patient.
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annie - 2010-04-04
I just got a new Budgerigar, will it eat oranges?

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  • Kristen - 2010-04-27
    It is best you probably don't give them oranges because of they acids in the fruit. Also don't give them avocados.
  • Steve - 2010-05-03
    Our 1st Budgie, Caruso, wouldn't eat oranges or fruit w/ pulp until he saw me eat it, then he would eat it like it was going out of style. I read somewhere that it's not recommended for them, but it never hurt him. Actually, if he wouldn't eat something we tried to feed him, all I had to do was eat it or pretend to eat it in front of him showing him it was ok to eat it. Never, Never, Never give them chocolate...it's poisonous to a budgie. Have fun!
  • Anonymous - 2011-07-14
    LOL!!!
  • tania - 2011-08-01
    You can give your budgerigar fruit that's very sweet.They like to eat this that are...but never give them cherries. There's two type of cherries that's is harmfull to parakeets.
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tina haller - 2011-07-11
Why does my male budgey parakeet hump his toys is he lonely?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    Males - especially the smaller birds do this. Sometimes male puppies do it also. It's nature. I am sure your little budgey would like a partner but it isn't necesary. That depends on whether you want baby budgies. You could also get a second male and therefore he would have the company - but no babies. The hump is nature at work.
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coree - 2011-06-09
When I got my parakeet for Christmas last year, my cousin thought its beak was was broken. Since the birds in Michigan have beaks that sticks out and a parakeet doesn't stick out. Even they have small beaks they can bite that feels like hurtful pinch or a bee sting.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-09
    Anything will bite sometimes - even humans. Yeah a little parakeet - they don't have a huge bite but it will get your attention. Right?
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