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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. 
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. 
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.
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)
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    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.
MAX - 2012-07-17
At what temp do the birds do best at?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-17
    I don't know if there is a BEST temperature but they don't do well in extreme cold or extreme hot.  60's, 70's, 80's   you are fine.  I wouldn't have them out with frost or above 90 degrees.  Don't have them right next to a heater or air conditioner vent or ceiling fans etc. 
joe - 2012-07-12
Hi I just bought one this morning he looks scared and he hasn't eat or drank anything is that normal for his first day? What should I do to make him feel happy

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-12
    He's just scared because it is a brand new place with all new smells and sounds.  Talk to him, sing, laugh.  Let him get used to your voice and the sounds in your home.  He will be fine - he just needs to get used to all the new stuff.  Give it like two days and then pick him up and hold him close to your heart so he can hear your heart beating.  Or you can just put him on a towel in your lap maybe with a little treat like cheerios.
Tonia Yates - 2012-07-07
Can I put pine cones in with my parakeets for them to chew on and play with?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-07
    Yes but I would wash them off really well and then bake them in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 or put them in the microwave for 90 seconds.  You can put a little honey on the tips or almond butter if you want.
coree - 2012-06-27
Do all parakeets like to dump their food out of the food bowl and destroy stuff cuz my do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-27
    Yep, we do.  We just love dumping our bowls of seed over and even our water but especially the seed just after our human sweeeps the floor.  Seriously, birds will rampage through a bowl of food looking for a particular seed they like the best.  They don't think that destruction is destruction but playing.  They tear up paper, toys, toss out seed.  They are just having fun and it is normal. 
Deb - 2012-05-23
Found a budgie this evening picking at seeds in my chicken pen after chickens had gone to roost in barn. She seems healthy and really tame, walked onto my hand for some seeds, and stayed in the pen although she could have flown out. She was still there at dusk, so I set up a perch in a ventilated cat carrier with some seed and water, and brought her into the barn for the night to keep her safe from predators. Called some neighbors to see if anyone lost a budgie but no one knows. So what do I do now? Want to do the right thing by her. Can budgies live in this climate? I'm on Long Island, New York. Any help much appreciated!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-24
    A budgie won't do to well living outside in Long Island as just gets too cold and sometimes too hot in the summer. Of course inside the home the little budgie will do just ine. Possibly this little fella escaped from someone's home bu it is very doubful you would be able to find the owner. If you placed an ad in the paper, you could have 50 responces. Possibly the owner will place and ad under LOST pets and then you can call them. You can keep the budgie and get a cage and bring him inside. You can find a home for the little fella or you can take him to a parrot sanctuary. They are fun, make excellent pets and this one sounds like he likes you pretty well.
  • MARION - 2012-06-22
    Have you found a home for that parakeet you found ? I live in NH wish I were closer. I have one 'Sydney' and he is so happy and much fun as a pet. Wondering how he was doing?