Animal Stories - Budgerigars - Parakeets

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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?
Michelle - 2010-05-06
i have a female budgerigar Tweety and male Lemon. I haven't had them long like three to four weeks. But they never let us near them they have a routine of whenever I open the cage they fly to the top of the little house in their cage and stay there until I close it.

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  • Aurora - 2010-05-12
    I have had several and they just take time to figure out how to get out of the cage and wether they should or not. They will get it and then your problem will not be getting them out but getting them back in :0)
  • Kimberly - 2010-05-24
    Mine are the same way and I have had mine for over a year's almost annoying because you want to bond with them and I personally think a year is long enough...we're fixing to get their wings clipped because I think that has a lot to do with why they won't let us near them and hold them or touch them, much less when I put my hand in the cage to change their food and water out every day they fly around like I'm gonna attack them. I would think they should be used to me by now myself. But they use their wings as a defense and without them they will soon learn to realize we can't depend on anyone but the human now ha...good luck with your birdies.
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  • kim - 2010-05-26

    Try taking their food out of the cage for a couple of hours. It won't hurt them. Then very slowly put your hand in the cage with some bird seed and just be very still until they come to you and get on your hand to eat. Do this every day until they trust you and feel confortable with your presense. Also, go and sit by the cage and calmly talk to them so they get comfortable with your voice. They will soon learn that you are ok to be around. Also try fresh fruit and veg pieces such as apples, grapes, carrots as a treat when they come to you. Be patient and move slowly and they will learn to trust you.
  • Bzesweety - 2010-09-04
    Put millets in the palm of your hand. At first they will not come but after a few days they will trust you enough to sit in your hand and eat the millets.
  • jen - 2010-09-09
    Hi there Michelle. I have 5 budgies and when we first got them we would always let them out and they would go to the top of the cage where we had a play yard for them. After everyday of opening the door to let them out they finally got really curious about the area and then they would be all over the house exploring. But sometimes they are very content being on the cage. Just talk to them everyday and slowly try to get them on your finger. They will get used to it and keep coming up.
  • Rose Mary - 2010-09-21
    Tweety and Lemon (and all budgerigar) see people as predators, this is why parakeets have survived since pre-historic times. They are also very curious once they realize you are not a threat they will grow to love you and let you protect them. This takes time. When you open the cage leave your hand in the cage but let them come to you. Millet (A very special treat) is a good way to entice them also talk to them they love this. It took a lot of patience but 8 years later I can tell you it was worth every minute. My bird Marky says at least 80 words including I'm a talka talka bird and Chirp Chirp Chirp, that's birdy talk. I am his favorite toy, he runs up and down my leg jumps up and down on my computer keys, stops everything and flies over to me every time he hears me laugh. He also runs up and sits on my glasses when he is afraid (he knows I will protect him).
  • Zak - 2010-10-15
    As a pair, they are bonded to one another, and you are not part of their flock -- yet. It's possible that over time and patience, they will learn to trust you and include you in their flock. Be sure to give them a good diet that is not an all-seed diet. My birds love organic parsley, spinach, fennel, dandelion greens, carrot tops to name a few that are safe - hang them on a wooden clothes pin from the cage top and they'll go after them. Be sure to wash the greens very well before serving each and every time. Good luck and enjoy, Budgies are AWESOME.
  • Holden - 2010-10-22
    Hi Michelle what I have researched was instead of forcing them on your hand just stick your hand in there until they get used to it. Do this about once a day for a couple of days and if they haven't gotten friendlier by then just do it again and eventually they will get used to your hand. After that just progress do the "step up process" this is when you get them to step on your hand good luck and have fun with your birds. And once when you tame them if you don't let them out of their cage try that I bet that they would appreciate it.
  • Charles Swisher - 2010-11-30
    I have 8 parakeets 3- 12yrs. old and 5- 9 month old don't chase them give them a chance to get use to you, get close to the cage and talk to them often and say good morning and good night they will know it is time to start the day and end the day, they have little holes behind their eyes under their feathers to hear with, give them time they are smart little birds. Have A Great Day, Chuck.
  • Alina - 2010-12-30
    Well, did you buy them together? If you did that might be the reason that they won't come out of the cage. You see, if you buy two parakeets together they will only be attached to each other and not you because of how they bond. I have two parakeets and they are male and female but they let me take them out of the cage because I have had the female (Tikki) for two years and the male (Charlie) for only a couple months. Tikki still goes in and out of her nest box. But anyways, if you only want to breed them, you buy them together. For now, leave them be unless you want to try putting them in separate cages; but next to each other so they can still interact. Try taking them out together for 30 minutes, and an 1 hour or less just with you and the bird.
  • sergio - 2011-02-05
    They will get used to you but one of them must be the leader, either the female or male that tries to get away and then the other does the same thing. If this continues I would suggest for you to try and catch them, that way try to touch them and you will see they will get used to you.