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I'm interested in buying a parakeet. I don't know whether to get a male or female. I have a few more questions. Should I get two parakeets? Are parakeets easy to train? Are they loud? Are they usually aggressive? Please let me know if you have anything that can help!
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Are you at home a lot? Do you have time to play with a parakeet a lot? Parakeets live in big flocks and need friends. If you are not going to be there a lot, I would suggest getting two. Everyone I know has 2 or more. Also, if you want to train a parakeet it would be harder with 2 but still pretty easy. Take training slow. Some parakeets are loud, others are quieter. They will be louder if there are two, but by not a lot. They are not very aggressive.
AJAY KAUL -
Hi, I can help you identifying the gender; check the upper part of their beak - right in the center. The male and female will have different colours on the center of their beaks - right on top. Not sure which colour is male / female; but you can be sure once the colours are different. Yes, you should never get a single Parakeet; get atleast 2 / 3 pairs. They are very social by nature. Yes, they keep making sounds all the time; but they are not loud like normal Parrots. They are not aggressive; they are shy. I have around 7 pairs, but have just read that they can be trained. You should give them big space with small pots to breed in.
Plz any one would like to help me I am trying to breed my budgies but they are not breeding my blue male feeds my female budgie but she is not going into nesting box I have bought them one month ago and breeding season is started in asian countries where I live although she takes interest in male plz plz help me.
I have a 10 year old buggie male, this is my 3rd one in my 51 yrs of life. I got to tell anyone that just got a buggie, don't ever give up. Just when you are about to quit... they start talking! Spend as much time as you can with them. Have them on your finger and talk very slowly to them, repeating over and over to them. Pronounce the words, buggies will pick up certain letters in a word. They talk very fast, eventually it will slow down. They are more friendly to you if they don't have another bird with them. They are very social but you have to give them a lot of attention. They will back off at first, but have a routine with them, and don't give up! It took me 6 months with Tigger, now he talks all the time. He does forget some sentences. He use to say "here kitty ,kitty kitty" and "hi sweetie". His w's are not pronounced very well but his r's are overexagerated! We keep the cage open when we are home. He gets depressed and quiet if he is caged when we are home. He loves all human food except sweets except for fruits, although he wants some of yours, he won't eat it in his cage only if it is greens. He loves Cherrios, the pet store told me that was a great treat! When I am not at home I put on the radio for him. If not he gets sad, and yes, you can tell their moods. He loves to be kissed on the beek and the louder and funnier you talk to him he will get very excited and want to play. His favorite toy besides mirrors is a cat buzz ball. He will knock it down to the floor and play soccer with it and do a little dance thingy that cracks everybody up! He loves to sit on your shoulder and just hang out! He LOVES jewelery! They were thieves years ago when they lived on islands... so they are mischievous! He is the love of my life and loves to play with my two dogs too! I also had 2 cats that he loved to tease, he dive bombed them a lot. Eventually the cats just left him alone or just would lay and watch him play soccer on the floor. He is still very healthy. I guess I feel it is because we give him a lot of fresh food, good healthy stuff, although he will fight with you for your spagetti! A very simple toy is a spoon... they love their reflection. He talks to shiny pans and windows a lot, he has quite the character! My advice is just spend a lot of time with them. Make sure you have them in a room where you are mostly in and away from doors and drafts! This little $14 bird has been the joy in my life!
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Back in '97 or '98 my wife bought me a budgie for my birthday. I was disappointed since I really wanted a larger bird. I acted excited and appreciative thinking to myself that the dumb think probably wouldn't even whistle or talk. In fact, I named him Caruso in a sarcastic twist because I thought he'd never talk. Boy I couldn't have been more mistaken! We got so attached and talk?...he talked up a storm. I too taught him to say "Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty". There's not enough room or time to print all his words/phrases. I used to get home from work around 5p daily and he would get on the back of my dinning rm. chair and whistle, watching for me to come home and eat. He would fly into the kitchen, land on top of the fridge and chirp loudly..he knew that's where the food came from at dinner time. If he saw me eat it, he would eat it, we shared everything (except choc. of course). He was a Christian bird, saying: Praise the Lord, Glory to God, Thank You Jesus, Pray for me and many other sayings. He counted to 7 and knew his alphabet up "P". He had so many diff. melodious whistles. He saw me typing on my keyboard so he thought he should try it and hopped down on the keyboard and started to peck away. He loved to ride on the back of my hand when I ran the vac. He would ask, "How ya doin' buddy?" and "Are you ok?" One time he did something bad and I said "You're in trouble"...well, it wasn't long til' he told me "You're in trouble". He loved to ride in the car in his cage when we would go on long trips...singing and chattering as he swung on his swing. He was the best. Unfortunately, we didn't know he had a huge tumor growing on his right side. One day he started to limp unable to use his right leg..we took him to a vet who wrapped him up like a mummy in athletic tape. I was so furious when I got home and saw what that vet did. After 2-3 vets, one had the sense to x-ray him and discovered the tumor...we had him for about 6yrs. When we got home from burying him in my in-law's rock/flower garden, I sat down on my easy chair and bawled my eyes out. We tried other budgies, but none have been as smart as Caruso. We inherited "Amigo" from my sis-in-law who had to sell her house and go into an assisted living facility. After closer examination, I found that Amigo is actually an Amiga..she is very active and quisitive...(spell?). More so than the last 2, Buddy & Bubba. We've have had her for about a mo. or 2 and she is making sounds like she's trying to talk...we'll see. There will never be another Caruso...to this day, I miss him so much...
william odell -
Margie, thanks for a great explanation of you and your best friend. I was thinking of getting a conure(green cheek) but after reading what you wrote and also finding out that parakeets are just small parrots, I am seriuosly thinking of getting one. I did not know that they are the best talkers of the bird family. What a surprise. Thanks again. take care, William Odell
I recently got 2 parakeets. I have never had a bird before. Someone told me to pull down the shades on the windows and cover any mirrors before letting them out of the cage. Will they fly into the windows or mirrors?
I took a pair of budgies but they die with in one month. Now I have a male budgie so how should I treat with it and I am having central ac system in my home so I want to know how you maintain temperature for them. I really love my budgie to talk with me ...............
I had 2 parakeets for about 3 years, one just died last week, a male, I went to get another one and it would not accept him. What is it that I should do? I took it back and now she is alone and chirping all the time. Is she lonely or is this ok? I would like to have two. I was told at PetsMart that the territorial cage when a new one comes in is not good for the one that has been there first. Is this true? Please advise me on this and what I should do, thank you shirley
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Hi Shirley, what Petsmart says is true and if you want another parakeet then what you can do is buy another small cage for the new bird. It doesn't need to be a lot of money because it will only be temporary. Put the two cages side by side so the two birds can get used to each other without getting territorial. Wait a day or two then after they get used to each other let them both out of their cages so they can fly around together. If this all goes good and they like each other then you can move the new bird into the bigger cage with the girl you already have and just make sure you have different food and water dishes so they don't have to fight over it. Another tip is to try and get a bird about the same age as the bird you have now because that way they are more likely to get along. Hope this helps!
I've had my budgie Evanna for almost two years and never tried training her but now I am trying really hard to train her and nothing is working. I've tried so many things and it has been over a month of me trying to train her and nothing has really improved. Is this normal? And do you guys have any ideas or techniques I can use for having her trust me or that can help me train her? Please!
I have 3 parakeets named say say and lilkim ,daddy tee. I found out later that lil kim was a boy because the cere change from pink to blue its not dark blue but you can kinda see blue mixed with pink. So my question is if lil kim is really a girl how come she didn't mate with say say or daddy tee yet? I had them for a year in a couple of months ..... please tell me why they aren't mating yet?
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It is not like your budgie is just going to breed with whoever you choose! I had 2 budgies for a year and they would not mate! I have Palm, like lil kim, who had a blue beak then a crusty brown. I have a yellow budgie named Aphrodite, who mated with my first bird, a beautiful aqua, Atlantis. I had to put Palm in a separate cage to do that. Signs of mating include: male hopping on female's back, feeding each other seed. You can actually see the seed going back and forth. Hope I helped!
Hi .. my cock is cracking his eggs.. I took him out .. the hen has 2 eggs she is also sitting on them .. what to do?
A little yellow Parakeet has turned up in my backyard. We feed the wild birds with a pole feeder and several suet stations. I tried to catch the bird during the night as it roosted in my Crepe Myrtle tree, but could not manage to get it. I've put a bottomless bird cage in my back yard propped up with a stick with a pull string, but there are so many White Winged Doves feeding, the little one can't seem to get through the crowd and under the cage. Anyone out there have any suggestions on how I can capture this little cutie? It's eating OK, but I'm afraid it won't survive long when cold weather comes in a few months, so would like to catch it and give it a good home.
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Jordan Wilby -
You can throw bird food on the ground and throw a big net over top of the parakeet and if you caught any doves let them free.
Hello, I live in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley in California--I have a large variety of wild birds that frequent our bird seed area and one day last March, 2010 a beautiful blue parakeet started showing up, it has a chartruese band across its head and we really enjoy watching it fly in with sparrows, juncos,finches, mocking birds, scrub jays, etc. and then suddenly a few weeks ago (late in May), another parakeet showed up-different color blue and white headed. Very curious--I talk to them, but should I be doing anything to assure their existence? How far do you think they fly to get here, maybe they live and escape an aviary near-by? Makes us wonder, in the meantime, I take pictures and the neighbors and I marvel at them everyday..Any advice?
I have a pair of budgerigars for about three years now and they are not producing anything yet, I have a large cage everything is ok in terms of food, housing, fun, toys etc.....so why i'm i not having babies.....but I am seeing on one has very long toe nails what is that?
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Are they bonded to each other? Do they preen each other, feed each other, sing to each other? Sometimes you can have a pair that just don't bond. If they aren't bonded, they won't mate. I have a 4 and 5 year old male/female pair that were cage mates for 4 years and never bonded, but when my 4 year old male was introduced to my 6 month old female (I have 5 budgies), those 2 instantly bonded. They are always together, they preen each other, my male is always bringing my female food, they love each other. While Penelope was with Lucky for years they were friends but not a bonded pair. (Also, you probably know this, but make sure they are a male/female pair. Males usually have the bright blue cere and a female who is in breeding condition will have a scaly/crusty looking brown cere.)
If they have very long nails, I would change your perches, get a cement perch that is bigger in diameter than their feet are. Those naturally trim their nails. Stores also cell other perches that are specifically for grooming their nails and beaks. Make sure you don't just have the wooden dowel perches. Offer different perches in different textures in different sizes. I have 5 different perches in our cage, plus their rope. Never use those sand paper covers or sand perches. They are bad for birds.
Here's a video on how to trim budgie nails that I found. This lady has a lot of informative videos that I really have liked. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sdM5qfrT8g
If you decide to trim them yourself, make sure you have quick stop or corn starch on hand just in case you trim to closely. If your not comfortable doing it yourself, take the bird to an avian vet and they can do it for you.
After that, just make sure you have the different size/texture perches in the cage and it should take care of the nails for you.
The long toe nails is probably a good sign because females need calcium to lay eggs, seeing as nails are made from calcium, the one lacking in nails may be pregnant, just be sure to get her to eat more calcium.