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kayla - 2013-02-03
When I let my parakeet out to fly around my room/house, will it leave a lot of droppings on the carpet, couch, bed, and ME? I can clean up some droppings but I live in an apartment and can't have my parakeet pooping a lot every time I take it out of the cage. Thanks!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-04
    I wouldn't say they will poop a lot necessarily. If you only take him/her out for relatively short periods of time you will probably only have to clean up a couple droppings. I wouldn't leave them out all day long though. That could be unsanitary. Some people are also able to train their birds to poop on command and they have them poop in their cage before they take them out.
  • Justin Aside - 2013-02-11
    approx 2 or 3 per hour. if your keet will stay on a play stand (wings clipped) then you will have an easier time cleaning up after it.
Barbara - 2003-08-17
i have two parakeets. one has a blue nose the other has purple. are they male and female. thank you

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  • Justin Aside - 2013-02-11
    not all females will have the tan colored 'cere'.. look for 'rings' around the nostrils when in doubt.. if you see them then it's a girl :) I have a female that looks male on it's cere too.
samuel - 2012-08-09
okay...the person who i bougth my parakeets from said one was a male and the other was a female. yet when i looked at them they both had a purple nose. i want to identify the gender

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  • Tj Nguyen - 2012-09-30
    I am not sure how it look purple nose, But if they are both have 'blue like' then they are definitely boys. Because girl has yellow or tan color.
  • Justin Aside - 2013-02-11
    Not all females will have the tan colored 'cere'.. look for 'rings' around the nostrils when in doubt.. if you see them then it's a girl :) I have a female that looks male on it's cere too.
laura - 2012-10-02
I had two parakeets that I bought at the pet store. I had them for a one or a week in half . One morning I found that one was dead. We thought that our son did something to it, so we went and bought another bird and the next morning the other bird was dead. So we assumed that the bird killed them is there andy reason why it did this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-03
    I wouldn't assume that the other bird did it.  Did you see any scratches or signs of a fight?  It is pretty rare that birds get into that kind of fight.  I would assume that the birds are ill or for some odd reason became quite frightened and flew into the side of the cage and broke their neck. 
  • Justin Aside - 2013-02-11
    some birds DON'T want company and I have known a female keet to kill any other keet you put in her cage. so yes, they CAN kill the others. did you feel the birds to see if their neck was snapped? look under the feathers to see condition of the birds? did you have a night light to cut down on night fright (yes I've had birds die from getting night fright/scared and crash into the cage.. another broke it's wing).
kayla - 2013-02-02
I am thinking about getting a parakeet or a lovebird. I live in an apartment and won't be able to get a bird that is very loud. Which one (parakeet or lovebird) makes lees noise? I can stand a little bit of chatter but not a very high noise level. I go to high school and will be gone about six hours a day except for weekends and want to get only one bird so it can bond with me. Will it get lonely when I'm at school? Which one will get less lonely? Which one is better for beginner bird owners? (this will be my first bird) Please help me! Thanks!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-03
    I would recommend starting out with a parakeet. They do better singly than lovebirds do and they are great birds for beginners. Lovebirds do best when they are kept as pairs, however a parakeet will be fine having only you as a companion. Parakeets also tend to not shriek as loud. A parakeet should be fine while you are at school - they may chatter a bit, but shouldn't cause any major noise problems. Lovebirds make good pets too, they just need a lot more social interaction, do better living in pairs, and can be louder.
  • kayla - 2013-02-03
    thanks!!! this helped me alot!
alisa - 2012-10-08
Ive had my parakeets a month now. Both are males. The one is taming down a bit. He will let me hold him and pet his head and belly while only nipping occasionally. But the other one is down right mean and does not just nip he down right bites till I bleed. Any ideas.

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  • kayla - 2013-02-02
    If your bird is still biting you.. I'm guessing it is not yet tamed? Your bird is most likely biting you because he is afraid of you and doesn't know if you are a threat to him or not. The first thing you should try is teaching it to 'step up' . Put a perch in front of its belly and push gently. If your bird steps up onto the perch...great! If your bird flies away, don't worry, this is normal for an untamed bird. Be patient with your bird and try doing this several times a day. Every time your bird steps up onto the perch say 'step up' and move your finger on the percch closer and closer to the end every time, leaving the bird with less and less perch to step onto every time. Your bird will get more used to your hands and will not be as afraid. Eventually you will run out of perch for the bird to step on so now you can just use your finger! Hopefully this has gained the birds trust for you and it will be easier to teach him other tricks. And every time you want your bird to step up onto the perch, your bird will reconize that command and it will make bonding with your bird more enjoyable! Hope this helped!
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.

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.
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.
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.