Animal Stories - Budgerigars - Parakeets


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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!
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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.
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vicki - 2011-02-16
How can I tell if it is a male or female?

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  • David Brough - 2011-02-17
    Until they are 6 to 9 months old it is hard to tell. After that age, the male's cere (the part of the face just above the beak with nostrils) will turn blue. Female's cere will remain pinkish.
  • 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?
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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 now...it'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.
  • alexsi - 2010-05-24
    cool
  • kim - 2010-05-26
    Michelle,

    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.
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Laura Delia - 2010-12-26
Hi about a year ago I was given a pair of keets, about two months ago, I saw they had eggs and started a search on the net, and your page was very helpful, now they have two almost fully feathered keets that will soon leave the nest. The pics I have taken are not really clear. Thanks for your info.

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Joyce Ferringer - 2009-07-18
I just received my parakeet as a gift and have been at the computer for hours trying to find out information on how to take care of it. Thank you so much for all the information you have written, it was the first bit of information I could find on how to take care of my bird. I hope to get many hours of enjoyment out of it.

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  • Charles Swisher - 2010-11-30
    Type in pet bird care on you browser, it will take you to a lot of sites.
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jorge - 2010-11-14
I'm having a hard time with my parakeets. I try to pet them but they always fly away. What is a good way to gain their trust with you? I have two parakeets. Male and female.

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  • Charles Swisher - 2010-11-30
    Give them time, talk to them often I have already held onto their tail and let them crawl onto my finger and talking to them after doing this awhile they will sit on your finger with holding them, also trim their wings just so they can just fly to the floor.
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Travis Huffhines - 2010-11-30
We noticed a Parakeet in our yard last May. It has been eating birdseed all this time with the other birds. Will the bird survive the winter? Our winters are not harsh, but does get into the teens at times. We live in Texas.

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Robyn - 2010-11-16
A beautiful blue male budgie flew into the playground at my school. It is in good shape, very tame, says several words, gives kisses and we love him. We have put adds in the local paper and on the radio trying to find it's family. I have two questions. How far could it have flown (it's wings are not clipped at all)? Is there a way to tell about how old he is? Thanks.

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  • Ken - 2010-11-28
    Enjoy your new pet. Give him all the love you can.
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michelle - 2010-05-20
Hi, My name is Michelle. I recently purchased a budgerigar, my mom once owned one and it chirped all the time, but this one only chirps every now and then. If he hears other birds or sometimes when you pick him up. So far he seems to be doing good, he gets on your finger to get out of cage and eats well. Doesn't seem to drink much though. Was just wondering if the lack of chirping was normal? thanks

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  • Heather - 2010-05-24
    A single parakeet doesn't always make a lot of noise. When I had one parakeet by his lonesome, he had a couple of hours a day when he would make some noise, other that that, he was pretty quiet. I have 5 now and unless the cage is covered, they are never quiet. A group of them can get noisy.

    As long as your budgie isn't exhibiting other symptoms of being ill (check this link - http://budgieplace.com/faq_illness.html), I would say he is fine. Since he is on his own though, make sure you give him plenty of attention. Budgies are social birds and when not in a flock, they need a lot of love from you.
  • Deanna - 2010-11-05
    I find that when I have my radio or CD's playing pleasant music (not hard rock), my parakeet chirps a lot more. I often leave music on for him when I need to leave the house for a length of time. Give this a try.
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