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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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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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