Animal Stories - Budgerigars - Parakeets

Animal-World Information about: Budgerigars - Parakeets

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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?
Z - 2011-04-15
Hi! I know there are many types of Parakeets, not just Budgies, but what is a "Bernard Parakeet"? Thank you!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-15
    The "Barnard Parakeet" or "Bernard Parakeet" also called the mallee ringneck parakeet are native to Australia. They look similar in body structure to the rinkneck, are about the same size however, they are extremely colorful and mutations are developed. I do believe that Animal World is going to have to write up additional information regarding this parakeet. They are quite beautiful.
christy - 2011-03-22
I have two birds one female and one male should I put a house in the cage and if so what should I put in it?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-24
    You could put in a nesting box if the cage is big enough but it is not really necessary. They are usually wood or metal boxes that you can buy at pet or bird shops.
Peggy - 2011-03-08
This morning one of my budgies was killed by my cat. I have them in a room by themselves with a screen door. The cat got the door open and killed her. Her pal, also female, is ok but I need to get her another friend. How soon after losing her friend should I replace the bird?

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-03-08
    First, sorry to hear about the loss of your budgie. You really shouldn't have to wait, but remember to excersize caution when introducing new birds under any circumstances. Introduce them slowly and observe the reaction they have to each other. In worst cases, if they are extremely irritated, you may have to set up a second cage and put them near each other until they get used to having company. Go slowly throughout the introduction process.
Mohsen - 2010-11-06
I have 20 budgies, and I love them, I create big aviary for them, and they love their place and very very happy, I love birds and budgies.

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  • Rachel - 2010-12-30
    You are lucky.
  • Clara - 2011-02-23
    That's a lot of parakeets!
bridget - 2011-02-22
I need to know how you can tell how old a parakeet is?

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  • Irene Hruby - 2011-02-28
    I have 3 parakeets, 2 females & 1 male. How can I tell when they were born? I would like to know.
vicki - 2011-02-16
How can I tell if it is a male or female?

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  • bridget - 2011-02-22
    I just got my bird and I don't know how old he/she is can you tell me how I can find that out?