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Dot McGlynn - 2013-01-28
I have two keets... a male I named Peter 2, and a female I named Penny. Peter 2 was a gift from my son, but Peter looked sad. He actually is my second parakeet who I had named Peter....but he died and I was so sad. Peter loved to talk and had a marvelous vocabulary... kept me company and I loved him as a friend. But the second Peter 2, is different. He probably was older and when I bought another keet (turned out to be a female) he was ecstatic. But this pair then became bonded and then left me out. This happens. Keets are a community bird and thrive (in the wild they live in flocks) but aren't interested in having a human bond. That's sad for me, but I realized Peter 2 wasn't interested in anything until he had company. Watching their togetherness is a learning experience but I enjoy them and I talk to them all the time... even sing to them. Often when singing I notice that the male begins to do his 'chattering' along with me. Lots of fun having them.

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Kay - 2013-01-15
Our female budgie just died very quickly. One day she was fine and the next day she seemed to deteriate and die within 2 hours. She had been nesting for the past month, but no eggs. Is it possible her eggs would not pass resulting in her death. We are very sad and her mate is very sad also.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    So sorry to hear about your loss, its so sad.. And yeah, they can have egg binding problems.
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Naqib - 2013-01-02
Well i had 6 budgie but three of them flew away. now i have three. I thing i have been wondering if its a disease. the thing is the colour of the cere of all of my budgies were bright when i bought them but after 2-3 months i notices the colour of the cere of my budgies became very light and the females went from tan to white. pls help me cause i need the solution desperately

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  • Naqib - 2013-01-03
    Someone pls reply fast
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-04
    you should take it to the vet
  • haley sitzlar - 2013-01-12
    I read on another site that said when they get older they are supposed to change color so you can tell which one is a boy or a girl.
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Danielle - 2013-01-11
We have had our budgie for almost 5 years now. We found her starving and cold on the street and took her home. She seems very happy and content. However, she has layed 2 eggs in 2 weeks!! Is this normal? I read that it's like having her menstrual cycle and that they aren't fertilized. How many eggs do budgie's lay in their lifetime? What else should we do to make sure she remains healthy during this time.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-11
    Its natural for birds to go through a cycle similar to a menstral cycle and some will lay eggs even if there's no male. Usually they do this when they are young, though older birds sometimes do too. A parakeet can lay between 4 - 9 eggs about 3 times a year, usually one every other day per laying. The biggest challenge is to make sure she gets enough calcium during this time. You can provide extra calcium with crushed eggs shells or egg food, usually available at pet stores. Make sure she gets enough sunlight for vitimin D so that she can absorb the calcium. This is a more stressful time on their body, so keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn't start having any problems, like egg binding. You can remove the eggs, but if she's interested in the eggs and maybe sitting on them, you can replace them with artificial eggs.
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Karla - 2013-01-10
I rescued an older parakeet (male) in May of 2012. He at one point had a partner but has been by himself for quite some time now. (Im guessing a few years) Should I get another one? Will the age difference matter? He is skittish but has been warming up to me :) I just want him to be happy

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-11
    Birds are very social creatures and a companion could be a good thing. The only detriment is that he may decide he likes the new bird better than people, so may not be as warm with you, though with budgies once a friendship is established they usually stay friendly. His age shouldn't matter, but because he has been alone you want to be somewhat careful in introducing a new bird. The cage is the bird's domain and its risky to put another in until you have determined they both get along. Having a separate cage for each bird in the same room is a good idea initially until they warm up to each other.
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Naqib - 2013-01-09
I have been keeping my budgies in my room and I am having problem with house mice. I just want to see if it possesses any danger to my birds. Please reply fast. Waiting for your reply and thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-09
    My first thought is that there is most likely no immediate danger. Are your birds kept in a cage high off the ground? If they are it is unlikely the mice could get into the cage. I am not sure if they would present a danger as far as airborne diseases go, however. Are you working on getting rid of the mice? If you are then I wouldn't worry too much. Just focus on getting rid of the mice.  I would caution you to not use chemicals in the same room as your birds though. Many birds have fragile respiratory systems and many household chemicals can cause them severe distress. If you do need to use any chemical treatments in the room they are in, move them to a separate room and don't put them back in for at least 3 days. Opening up windows would help clear the chemicals from the air too.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-09
    Mint works amazing and none toxic. Mice hate the scent.  Mint tea bags in areas they go and planted outside will help drive them out.
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Beth Coleman - 2012-02-02
Hi. I was just woundering what kind of parakeet I got. They said it was a girl. But I think it is to young to tell because where the holes are it is pink in color. She is sold yellow with red/pink eyes. She is very small in size.Thanks for any feed back. This is my first bird.

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  • annonymous - 2013-01-02
    well i think it is a lutino male
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Christine - 2012-11-06
My white male parakeet loves green stuff...salad leaves, chard leaves, beet greens, parsley and especially cilantro. He looks hilarious sometimes, with a green face! It all has to be organic, though, they can't handle pesticides, etc. Have a healthy bird!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-27
    Try giving him about a 2 inch piece of speghetti with the sauce on it.  That is hysterical.
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Billie - 2012-11-12
I have parakeets in an outdoor large cage 3' x 4' x 6' tall. I have a couple of houses in the cage and they do use them to breed. I usually give the young birds to a local feed store to sell (friends). I only keep one male and a couple of females as my regulars. This year I have had three born with duck bills. The bills do not point down like a normal parakeet. It sticks out straight and is kind of flat. One of birds bill is kind of crooked/bent funny. They are happy go lucky, eat well and don't show any signs of having other problems. Could this be a symptom of in-breeding or is it a throwback to some other kind of budgie/parakeet? Just wondering.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-12
    I don't know but could be in breeding if done over several generations.  I am not exactly sure what you mean by duck bill - if you mean flat like a duck - then my guess would be calcium deficiency or in bredding.  If you mean sorta crooked - possibly the mom is over zealous in her feeding.  Is it a new mom? 
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Scott - 2012-11-04
Okay, so I am thinking about getting some 'keets' for my family, but our bird cage is out doors. We live in South Florida, and it can get down into the 40's at night in the winter time. I saw that the birds survived in Chicago which is a lot colder. Do you think they will be okay outside or will I have to bring them in on those nights that it gets cold?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-04
    They should be fine.  You would need a nest box and fill it with an inch of sand and then some carefresh.  They can go in the est box to stay warm.  Also, if there is going to be frost you really should shine a light on 1/2 the cage for warmth.
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