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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.

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.
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 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. 
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.
max crumrine - 2012-09-12
Would sand be ok to use on the bottom of a parakeet cage

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-12
    No, I wouldn't use sand.  They could eat it, heavy, holds bacteria from droppings etc.  You can use paper towel, Carefresh - I like those cage papers that you canpurchase at dr.s foster and Smith - sorta like tissue paper but youjust pull them out to clean cage.  Work good and really no mess.  Not sand though.
  • Tj Nguyen - 2012-09-29
    I use paper towel, changing daily, cleanest way. Well, It's up to you, :) I just suggest what I feel clean and easy.
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 ;)
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
Anny Moctezuma - 2012-09-12
I love my Budgie Parakeets.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-13
    Good - they are cute.
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?
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.