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suz - 2012-03-29
We adopted a rescued parakeet on Feb. 2nd. A neighbor found it on his roof. It didn't fly well, so he was able to catch it. Temperatures outside were between 30s and 40s! So the bird came to us. At first, we thought it was female because the cere was brown. We kept it in our office and kept the temp in that room at about 85 with a humidifier running. The bird was fluffy and quiet for about a week -- no sneezing or discharges from any ends, few feathers shed, not too much scratching. Nothing out of the ordinary, anyway. A few days ago, the brown fell off of one side of the cere, making it look tranny-like, until the next day, when the other side of the brown on the cere came off, leaving a mostly-white cere, lightly tinged in blue. So what was that brown stuff? A healing injury? The bird has sunny eyes and a solid yellow forehead, so we figure it's about 6-8 months old, but, with a white w/tinges of blue cere, can we also guess it's a male? Or do we have to just wait and see?

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  • suz again - 2012-03-29
    Oh, I forgot to say that after a week of tropical treatment and no respiratory issues, we turned the humidifier off and just make sure the room stays around 70 degrees. Our little birdie is active and playful and has a lot to say -- we just don't understand him yet. Finger training is coming I guess. I can get within an inch before he flees. I keep my finger in the cage as near as I can get to him for 5 minutes 3 times a day.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-29
    They can tolerate temp[eratures between 35 degrees and 95 degrees - preferably somewhere in between is good. Your normal household temperature is fine. You can spritz him with water or aloe bird bath so hhis feathers don't get dry and with a blue cere - yep it is most likely a boy. Females have a yellowish sorta tan cere. He could have flown into something which bruised his cere. Probably healing stuff - as you say. He;d be shedding his winter down a litttle - those little feathers that just sorta fly around.
  • suz - 2012-03-31
    Thanks for your reply! We just weren't sure what kind of shape he was in when we got him, so we put him in little birdy ICU for a week. He lives in his cage in my office about 4 feet away from where I sit. Haven't had him out of his cage because he is not yet finger trained. He is very vocal at times, especially when he gets a little sun from the window in the afternoon or when we play Elton John or The Rolling Stones. I guess I should remove his mirror to have better success in finger training and getting him to talk, but I hate to. He and his mirror are pretty entertaining sometimes.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-31
    You can put a mirror and a screw on type perch on the outside of the cage too. Just a thought. Then he could see you and himself in the mirror. I had one that would sit in front of my mirror and watch me put make up on. It got to I had to put (sorta pretend) makeup on him too.
  • James - 2012-08-30
    No, that's a mature female. When a female is in breeding condition, her cere is brown in color, but when she is coming out of breeding condition, the brown layer usually peels off, revealing a mostly white cere.
  • Julia Stubblefield - 2012-09-19
    Sometimes it can be hard to tell male from female because the cere can be pale blue and be a girl like ours.. or a male like someone else we know. they were sure all the keets they had were female.. then someone hatched some babies! I wasn't sure about mine till it laid an egg ;)
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Anny Moctezuma - 2012-09-12
I just rescued 2 Budgies, and they seem young. One is male and one female. The male budgie has an extended beak, and I am concerned with that being a fatty liver as I read about online. I am looking for a vet that deals with birds, but it is not working too well. His beak is not too long where he can't eat, and I have added things in the cage to help him whittle it down. Can I cut his beak as I have read about online or should I wait and have a vet do it? They are really skittish still, but I have been working with them everyday. They do not like any fresh food at all! I keep trying and love all of your suggestions and ideas. Thank you!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-13
    Easy part, they get used to seed and that is what they wish to eat.  You can try introducing them to fruits/veggies (especially veggies) just whatever is left over from meals.  Dehydated veggies in a seed mix or on their own (without salt) should work and same nutritional value.  File the beak.  Place a concrete perch as the highest perch in the cage and that will keep their nails filed down but they can normally file their own beak on it as well.  Highest spot in the cage but enough room from the top they don't hit their heads.  Try that for a week or so - and then yes, if you feel comfortable filing the beak down - do it.  I womens battery operated manicure kit (they use it to file their nails or buff their nails0 works really good.  Hold the bird in a towel securely and just litterally file the extended porttion of the beak off as you would your fingernail.  They really don't like it but doesn't hurt them.  I would rather take too little off and have to do it twice than take too much off and hit the inside vein, however, if youhit the inside vein quik stop will sork or flour if you don't have quik stop.  It is easy enough to do - but make sure someone is holding the bird securely in a towel.  You don't want him to be able to move and ge hurt.  Wrap a towel around the bird like you would p[ut a baby in a blanket and then hold the bird by the body and also under his chin with the thumb against the bottom of his beak.  Practive on a paper towel roll or small piece of wood first if you are nervous.  OK  good luck.  That way you can see how manicure file works too.
  • Anny Sundly-Moctezuma - 2012-09-13
    Thank you so much for all of your information! I will let you know how it works out. I have experience in raising parakeets and sold quite a few babies to pet stores many years ago. I never thought I would get back into the business again, but here I am with these two cuties! Thank you Charlie, you have been a great help. I have been reading all your posts! Anny
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Anny Moctezuma - 2012-09-12
I love my Budgie Parakeets.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-13
    Good - they are cute.
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Lorraine Sanchez - 2012-08-26
I have had a girl for a while now, so I got a male presently and when I put them to together the male doesn't let her too close to him. How long should it take for him to come around and be. friends. She keeps trying.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-27
    He's just being a little shy.  He will come around and they will bond and all should be well.  Is he really young?
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claire - 2012-08-21
I just recently got 2 budgies, they are starting to calm down after 3 days. They do not like me to pick them up but I can touch them and they seem to like a towel over the cage.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-22
    Going good - takes time.
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Nancy - 2012-08-01
I have had my birds about 4 yrs. My yellow bird is having a problem with her stool. No problem up till now. It is white and very hard. I give them fresh water daily and they have fruit seed and reg seed, plus I give her lettuce, which she loves. Any ideas what is happening to her? Thanks so much for your site. Nancy

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-01
    Best place to start is think about what she ate.  Changed food or seed?  However, probably, this bird is ill.  Usually when the poop is white (excess urates) and hard - you have a kidney or liver problem.  I'd take a sample of the poop (just use a q-tip) and pick up a sample and place in plastic bag or saran wrap and take the little guy and the sample to the vet.  It is also possible that your little guy is running a bacterial or fungal infection and is easily remedied with a anti biotic or anti-fungal medication. 
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sharen - 2012-07-28
I have a parakeet and she has been laying eggs there has been four in the past three weeks. She is in a cage alone why is having eggs

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-28
    Females have eggs - think chickens.  The eggs won't be fertile as there is no male but they can lay eggs.  They will normally lay 4 - 6 eggs and then even try and incubate the eggs - they don't know they aren't fertile.  Just put the eggs in a bowl filled with torn up paper towel, or carefresh and let her have the eggs till she gets bored with them or for about 20 days.  If you don't let her have the eggs, she possibly will just keep laying eggs and run into a calcium shortage or become egg bound.  It may happen again - it may never happen again. 
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Jackie - 2012-07-27
I got a bird like two days ago and i want to know if its a male or a female. And at what age do they start breeding?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-27
    A budgie can be sexually mature at a early age - even of three months but usually more toward a year old.  The male will develop a blue 'cere' a color patch right above the beak around 3 months of age.  The females 'cere' will be a tannish/yellowish color.
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Carol - 2012-07-22
I have three birds now, as I had one and my neice wanted me to take hers. As she didn't have the time for them so I did. Well the one I had I thought was a female by the color above her beak. And the two that my neice gave me theirs are very blue so I know their males . At first I thought I could have all three in the same cage. Cause my neice gave me her cage as it's bigger then mine. I couldn't catch mine to put her in their cage. So I put her cage and mine together side by side with the doors open and wired up, so they can come and go to get to know each other. But now that I know their males and mine is a female I'm not sure if that was a good idea . Put now this morning I noticed that the one male came in the cage with my bird. He's staying in there and they seem to be getting to know each other. Now if they breed do I let him stay in there with her? and should I keep the cages together like I have them? or should I make him go back in with the other bird? Plus will the two males fight now? My bird doesn't mind him being with her. In fact they will sit on the same perch together . She will puff up a little and twitch her tail does this mean any thing ? I hope you can help me as I never have had two bird's like these before. I have had a parakeet when I was younger but never did I breed them . Thank Carol

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-22
    The male that came into the cage with your female - they are now a pair.  However they did it, they have chosen each other and formed a pair bond.  I would leave them together in the cage and if they breed, still leave them together.  The male that doesn''t have a mate, I'd move him farthur away from their cage as the male in the cage with your female will see him as a potential threat and it will just be an aggrvation to the 'pair'.  You can purchase another female for the single male or you can keep him as a pet.  The fluffing up and twitching feathers etc, feeding each other is typical pair behavior.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-26
    were fixing to get are parakeets and we need help finding a cage and a good place to buy some parakeets (budgie parakeets by the way)
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MAX - 2012-07-18
I want to build my own cage out of glass and wood and wire but what kind of wire can I use and any idea where to get it

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-18
    You should be able to get all the supplies you need from http://mortonjones.com/.    They have the wire, clips and tool to use the clips.  There are kits, tools, wire, legs, feeding dishes - pretty much everything but I don't think the glass or plexiglass you want.  I think that you can get at home depot and have it cut to size and use hinges.  Easy enough to do.  If you are looking to build something 'special' or innovative then great.  However, if you are looking for a basic cage to make it might be less expensive just to purchase one on eBay.  Good luck.
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