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coree - 2011-06-08
I'm going to buy another parakeet. So my parakeet (Polly) can have a friend. Since the weather is warm hear in Croton-Hardy dam Michigan I take his cage outside to talk other birds wich he does all the time.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-08
    Good for you. They will both love you and they will have someone to play with when you aren't there. They are very social creatures and don't much like being on their own. Lots of fun with them.
Audrey - 2011-06-01
I want to know how long till parakeets lay eggs! Also I want to know what makes parakeets happy and get used to humans?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    Parakeets reach sexual maturity sometime between 6 - 12 months. So sometime in their the female would be able to lay eggs. If there is a male, possibly those eggs would be fertile but don't be too disspointed if they are not. Sometimes it takes a pair a couple of clutches to catch on to having babies and feeding them.
    Parakeets get used to humans based on the amount of time you spend with them. Talk to them, hold them, play with them. However, if you are interested in them breeding, then they are probably going to want more privacy at times. You would be able to talk to them but not necessarily hold them.
michael - 2011-05-18
Hi. I just want to know the complete list of bird toys? I need help on how to make parakeets nest? I also just want to know how long does it take to train a parakeet? Thanks a lot

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-19
    There couldn't be a complete list of parakeet bird toys. The list would be enormous and wouldn't even have any new ones that people think up. Birds in the wild spend most of their time looking for food. Anytime they have left over, they play. You are feeding your birds so they don't have to look for food, so they will want and desire to play. They are a gillion parakeet bird toys. They seem to like bells, need stuff to chew on such as wooden toys. They like swings (most of the time). They like things that hang down that they can push. You can clean off pinecones and put them in the microwave for 30 seconds and you have a toy. You can put a little peanut butter in the bottom of a dixie cup and you will have a toy. Just start and your parakeets will train you as to what they like. There are nest boxes (usually around 7 x 7 x 8) that can be found in the pet stores and attached to the cage. You don't need to put nesting materials in the box. They feed their babies laying on their back so many times nesting materials will suffocate the babies. You can put some twigs, branches, kleenex, maybe a little carefresh on the bottom of the cage and if the parents wish to use it, they can. They usually use their feathers though. Train - depends on what you want to train them to do. Birds, parakeets are as different as children. Some learn quicker than others. Some just aren't interested. Have fun and good luck.
  • posypanda - 2011-05-31
    About the training(and toys), there is an OVERFLOWING list of ideas. training usually takes one to two weeks, depending on your bird. as for toys, just put a swing with a bell or two, or just put some ladders. that usually occupies my budgie.
    good luck!!!:)
angel - 2010-10-12
Hello well I have two parakeets for about two years now and now I got a new parakeet and put him in their cage do you think this was smart or not do you think they will like each other soon and my two year olds are a female and male and I got a new male and the female gets in fight with both but most with the new one why is that?

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  • jake - 2010-10-17
    Hi what does it mean if my male budgie gets on top of the female in the breeding box?
  • Holden - 2010-10-22
    They are doing it probably mainly for dominance. But if it looks like they are biting each others beak then they are probably giving a love nudge.
  • Josie - 2011-05-31
    I have read that parakeets choose a mate for life, unless something happens to one. Putting another male in the picture probably isn't going to work out. Try getting the male a female friend.
michael - 2011-05-15
Hi! I have two parakeets and I just asked them from a friend. I would just like to ask tips on how to make them happy and to take care of them? Thanks a lot..

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-16
    Hi, congratulations on your new additions. A good place to start is to click on the link for Budgies attached to this article and read up on care and feeding for your parakeets. They are fun and funny and you should get a lot of enjoyment from them. Good luck.
  • Kelly Waldrop-Chapman - 2011-05-17
    Just keep reading everything you can on them..the more you know about them the better. I have 12 parakeets in 4 different cages. Food, Water, and clean are the first tasks...I clean and food and water everyday...lots of toys hanging all over the cage..I used all my grandmothers and mothers costume jewelery and made all kinds of SAFE toys and they love to play and play. They are a social bird so having 2 is a good thing because they interact the entire day. good luck and enjoy the beautiful noise they make..even cleaning and caring for them give you so much joy..they are a beautiful loving pet. also I put drift wood for them to climb on and lots of branches for them to hang. I also make hanging rings from old bracelets (used beads to cover the fishing line) just make sure it is safe and not something they will swallow.
  • michael - 2011-05-18
    OK. Thanks a lot. May i ask if how long does it take to train a parakeet? What are the toys for bird? (begginer)
Daisy - 2011-04-30
I just got a parakeet, and named him Speckles (Speck for short). He has a yellow head, green body, and dark blue tail. He has a yellow speck on the back of his head, hence the name. He is my first parakeet, although I have had a dove in th past. I am hoping to train him to mimic. He already loves to ride my shoulder, but doesn't like to be picked up.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-30
    AHHH wonderful. I love birds and parakeets are so sweet. You have fun and enjoy your Speck.
kim bullock - 2011-04-22
I had a parakeet named Ali she was a member of the family. She was 15 when she died. She was one tough bird. She was raised in NY for like 10 yrs after I got her then she went to Florida for another year and was involved in a car accident and got a broken wing. Then she traveled back to NY and lived another 4 yrs. She was one awesome keet. I wanna get my 2 yr old grandaughter a parakeet and name it Birie. That is what she calls birds is biries. I think they are the coolest pets!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-23
    I think you should get yourself another parakeet and name it Birie and when your grandaughter is with you, you have something to share with her. 2 is pretty young to appreciate a bird but she probably loves her grandma and will be facinated spending time with grandma and Birie.
Wyatt Foss - 2011-04-21
I am getting a parakeet but thanks to you guys I showed my mom that parakeets aren't screachy and mean animals. I'm going to name him Bruce.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-21
    I am glad you are getting your parakeet. I know you will love him and Bruce is a terrific name. Lots of luck.
Tina Dickieson - 2011-03-21
My parakeet laid three eggs and was sitting on them until yesterday I found the father dead on the bottom of the cage don't know why he died they were both separated from my other two parakeets. I am noticing that she doesn't sit on the eggs anymore please help me. This is her 2nd batch of eggs. I don't know if I should take the eggs out now that she isn't sitting on them anymore now that her partner passed away it is like she has abandoned them.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-24
    If she hasn't sat on them for a day or two it is probably best to take them out. You could candle the eggs to see if they are fertile in which case you could incubate them yourself but most likely they are not viable.
  • Anonymous - 2011-04-21
    I have a lot of Parakeets.
    Just give her some time and do nothing.
    She will be ok.
Asia sharp - 2010-12-03
I have never had a budgerigar before and I have no clue what I got myself into. My grandma passed away two days ago and she had two budgerigars and no one would take them so I said I would but I have no clue how to take care of them and I need advice so if anyone can help me I would be very happy.

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  • Z - 2011-04-15
    Here are places to get information:
    Birds for Dummies (book)
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-15
    Never fear. Budgies are pretty easy to care for. You will definitely get the hang of it. There is quite a bit of information on care and feeding of budgies on Animal World - so click on the link attached to your question.
    For the initial getting to know each other just give them fresh water daily and a good budgie food from the pet store. Then go slow, ask questions and get comfortable around them and let them see you and be comfortable around you.
    I think the hardest part is setting up the cage. You don't want them sitting on one perch and depositing their fecal matter on another perch. It is a pain to clean. So make sure the perches are not alligned in such a way that they will dirty them. Use a small concrete perch as the top perch in the cage and that way you won't have to trim the nails.
    There is good food for for Budgies at the local pet store. Check the dates on the food packages and stick to the name brands. Table scraps are good so all your left over fruits and vegetables, scrambled eggs etc now have a place to be. No advocado or chocolate. I would use a different bowl for actually food cuz it should be removed from the cage within 2 hours (bacteria).
    The water needs to be changed daily.
    The cage needs to be cleaned probably weekly.
    The actual budgies should be sprayed with warm tap water once or twice a week to keep their feathers from drying out. Watch their poop and it should look pretty much the same. Do not panic if you fed them rasberries and the poop is a little red. OK? Think 1/2 grape to a bird that size is equivalent to you eating 1/2 honey dew melon.
    Let us know how you are doing and watch them and talk to them. They will miss their old home so be patient. Just get to know each other. OK?