Animal Stories - Budgerigars - Parakeets


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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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angie puckett - 2012-10-23
Had my parakeets for two and half years they final Layed egg. The broke it. Going get them right kind of hatching boxes. Love little birds like they are my children Inaner them tebow,star and sunshine. Hopefully havebabies. Question is can parakeets. Have infertile. Eggs like chicken does? Hockeycat76@yahoo.com

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angie puckett - 2012-10-23
Had my parakeets for two and half years they final Layed egg. The broke it. Going get them right kind of hatching boxes. Love little birds like they are my children Inaner them tebow,star and sunshine. Hopefully havebabies. Question is can parakeets. Have infertile. Eggs like chicken does? Hockeycat76@yahoo.com

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lucy - 2012-10-19
i got parakeets for my 21 birthday from my mom and brother , a green one was a boy and a blue one is a girl i think , i named green joltie (cutie pie) and blue one Bella . bella is so stressful and bites , she didnt get used to me and its been like 3 and a half months , green one was very nice , happy and it got used to us , it did bite , and just like the blue one it didnt get used to me , yesterday october 18 joltie died some kind of animal killed it , bella is suffering and lonely . idk what to do .

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-19
    Very sorry for your loss.  I would get her a new friend.  She should snap back.  May take a bit if the cage was attack she is more then likely nervous.  Just make her feel safe.
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Beth Moore - 2012-10-10
i have 2 keets male and female ,i bought them togther, she tamed after 1 day very freindly,working slowly on the male he bites and hangs on yes it hurts . they are great company,they get a new toy every month, and the best seed with pellets.they are just learning about house food,sometimes i look at them and i know there are thinking of what to get into next. ill start letting them flyout of the cage next week,ive only had them 2 weeks and there both about 6 weeks old,their cage is hugh they can fly some in it.i love their chatter,i realize that i go around whistling now,i could not have picked better birds.

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Mala Yancy - 2012-10-07
I came across this website while trying to get information on these birds living in my neighborhood. I live on the southside of Chicago, Illinois. A very urban area and for the past ten years or so I have seen Budgies in my neighborhood. I always assumed they lived in warm climates but they are here all year long. It's fascinating to me. Their nests have been pulled down several times. Right now they have six nests in a cell tower in a vacant lot near 119th and Halsted. For the first time I saw them land on the ground and walk around a little. For the most part I've only seen them flying around the trees.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-08
    Many very domesticated birds are doing quit well in the wild.  Somehow they get loose and somehow they find each other and form flocks.  Quackers are known for it and how they do well in th winter is beyond me but they do.  Now southside Chicago (where I am from too) I really find it hard to believe but I guess they are doing fine.  Facinating.
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Dorothy McGlynn - 2012-10-05
Two years ago I was given a male parakeet. I had already had a pet parakeet years before....and he talked. This bird I have now, Peter I, seemed very lonely the first couple of weeks and I got another bird for him as company. He was delighted. This second parakeet, Penny, turned out to be quite bossy, and I also noticed that although the usual yellow and green with some white feathers (that each had), Penny's eyes were a bit larger but noticeably so, and her feet also were larger than Peter's. Peter's eye were smaller, etc. Otherwise they became friends. However, each had a distinct personality. Penny was more agressive...had a habit of making Peter move away when she wanted him to so that he seemed to be what I would say afraid when she moved by, and at night she liked to make him move off his 'bed' even though she had an identical one. He would yell out. This was done while they had a cover on the cage for the night. Anyway, Penny also was a wood chewer and made trouble on my window frame and the wall above. I brought in some small branches from my tree in the backyard and fastened the pieces around the pole that the cage was clipped. They loved that for their own fun. But now she fell suddenly one day as she flew back to the cage, but I was standing in front, and to avoid bumping into me she nicked herself on the cage hard enough to make her fall to the floor. She then couldn't fly too high and I had some time finding her as she moved fast along the floor, and I'm not too swift anymore. Anyway, I thought she would be okay. It's about one month now, but she has been unable to fly....but otherwise I thought she was fine...ate and moved around the cage very well. But today she again tried to fly out and discovered she still cannot fly up too high. Was it a mistake not to take her to a vet? Actually, she wouldn't let me ever touch her and did give me a hurting nip or two....so I took care that she ate some extra conditioning seed and watched her carefully. I feel now that she is still healing....and maybe will be okay. I don't know how long but I know it was her left wing that was hurt initially and still looks like it needs more feathers. There was never any blood or instance where she was visibly in pain, and acted normally otherwise.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-06
    Possibly she sprained or even broke her wing.  I'd think you would know if she broke her wing so let's assume she sprained it really good.  Takes awahile to heel. 
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kiana - 2012-08-07
I got a budgie three days ago and she doesn't seem to like me. She won't come any where near me and when I open her cage door she flies to the back of the cage and avoids my hand. She won't let me touch her . I dont know what's wrong. She has plenty of food and water she has a cuddle bone and mineral block and plenty of toys and perches! She wont even leave her cage! please help me

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-07
    She is scared.   New place to live, new sounds and all her old friends are gone - so no flock and she hasn't adjusted to you yet.  Use a towel if you have to but just literally take her out of the cage and go into a small room like the bathroom and sit down on the floor and let her walk around on th loor or on the towel. Have treats handy and cheerios work good.  You might have to do this several times.  You can also leave her cage door open and put food just outside the cage door.  You need to get her out and go from there.
  • kiana - 2012-08-08
    She won't let me pick her up. She bit me
  • Andrew - 2012-08-08
    YOU might need to take her to a room and turn out the light so the you can tame her not to be scared good luck
  • Jim - 2012-08-09
    Just one comment. I have read that a parakeet will not actually 'bite.' This is NOT true. Even through a towel they can 'BITE.'
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-10
    Anything will bite - well maybe not a worm but anything else I can think of including humans.  A parakeet will bite because they get frightened and will try to ptotect themselves.  Sometimes they will actually attack if trying to protect their babies.  If you need to pick one up and are not sure just throw a small towel over him and pick up the towel.
  • Tj Nguyen - 2012-09-30
    Yes, it will BITE. Mine tried me. He bit me when he did not want being picked up. He did not act as attack but his way to tell he doesn't like what we did to him. Not hurt though.
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