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Jim - 2012-05-18
Our parakeets were given to us and they do not fly around. We've tried to be patient and all but after the one guy actually bit my finger while I was trying to put him in his cage they don't want to go out of their cage(s). They LOVE celery and the younger ones love the leafy part while the older one loves the stalk.
Every time I reach in slowly to change their food/water they fly around like like I'm going to grab them. I do not want then to have a heart attack.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-19
    You can get them a small flight cage where you change the food and water from the outside.
  • Jim - 2012-05-19
    I was looking at small flight cages and saw they were 24 X16 X16 and the cage we have is 18 X16 X16 and didn't want to handle the birds to change cages because of fear of them having some heart attack.
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haleybug - 2012-05-06
Can anyone help me my female budgie is trying to mate with my male but he won't. Then a couple of weeks ago they were doing a mating dance and if I put her in the nesting box or a nice space she will sit in the corner and if I try to get close to she will attack me! Will anyone help me

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-06
    He will mate when he is ready - as will she. They go through a few practice runs and trial and errors but eventually they get it right. When you place the female in her nest box or she is just in it - it is her territory and she knows it. She will protect it and pretty much attack whatever comes near it. Mom instincts there.
  • Steven Bradley - 2012-05-12
    It isn't necessary to put your parakeet in the nest box. If it is attached to the outside of the cage, or correctly placed inside the cage, she should immediately become curious, and in my experience, will enter it within a few minutes. Expect to be scolded and even attacked when you peek inside, or try to handle her while she is in the nest.

    As to breeding, that MUST be left to the birds. They may never breed. Occasionally they just don't like one another, and nothing will happen.
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gms - 2012-05-10
Letting a young budgie out of the cage within a day or so of getting it wasn't wise. The best thing you can do is ensure the bird is safe and leave the cage open and free to get to with clean food and water. Nature will take its course. (as was mentioned)

As for parakeet behaviour if this is persistent they may be being traumatised by anything from cats, rats, dogs, kids and other birds with access to the cages make sure this is not happening, if they cant feel secure in their own home it may be time to have a look at something. Pretty much all creatures respond to baby talk well as it is none threatening and easer to convey intent. Birds are very small and you are very large so when approaching its always good to talk and in an none threatening way. Doorways and other locations where people and pets suddenly appear out of nowhere are not good locations for birds in a new environment or in general. If these dont help then take your bird to the vet. If it is healthy you might just have to settle with your pet not being as friendly as you would like. Be patient they will come around if you do often and in a talkative non threatening way.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-11
    All things need a safe place to be - pets, children included.
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Rose - 2012-05-05
I'm new to parakeets. Have no experience with them whatsoever. So I wonder if I'm going about it wrong. I took in two from the Humane Society in Feb and its now May and they haven't warmed up to me yet. I have been letting them out to fly during the day and maybe making a mistake?? Saw this and am now wondering...'Haven't had him out of his cage because he is not yet finger trained'. as seen post. ..Would value your comments and expertise.

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  • haleybug - 2012-05-06
    oh I have two budgies iceburg and aurora. They are the best if you need any help email me at haleybug19n01@gmail.com and ill help you all I can :)
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Barbara - 2012-04-24
I have 2 parakeets. Max and Ruby. I have had them for about a month now and Love them to death! They are playful and noisy but they are a joy. My question is Max is mostly blue in color. The base of his beak is like a purpleish color. He chirps alot. Ruby is yellow and sort of like an aquamarine color. The base of the beak is also a purpleish color. Ruby tends to squawk. What is the difference in these birds? How do you tell if one is male or female. They tend to show affection towards each other, play and feed each other. Any answers would be appreciated!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-24
    You have to wait till they get their adult coloring in but the male cere (right above the beak between the eyes) takes on a definite bluish color. The cere on the female will be a yellowish -tan color.
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catherine - 2012-04-23
I just have my new parakeets, and ever since I got them they are extremely quiet. I already put a swing and a ladder, together with their houses but until now they don't use any of them. I am new to this pet, and I'm worried about it. Can anyone give advices?thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-23
    Let us suppose that you have to go into this absolutely enormous room where you don't know anyone. There is no one to ask for directions. There is no one to talk to and you have no idea where you are. There are strange sounds coming from everywhere. There are strange colors and these big things are walking around. That is how your little guys feel right now. They are in a strange big place. They don't hear the regular sounds they were used to but new sounds from a family and a television. They see big humans walking around and coming over to them and looking at them. They are new and scared and leery. You need to talk to them softly, let them get used to their new place and new toys and all will be well.
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Seth King - 2012-04-21
I just bought my first budgie yesterday. It's still pretty young so we're not sure of the sex yet. It does not want to eat or drink anything, and it is being extremely quite. Every now and then it will let out a small chirp but that's it, and all he wants to do is sit in the same place all day never moves. I have a bar for him to peck so his beak doesn't get too long, and a mirror with beads attached. He is already OK with us putting our hands in the cage and he even gets on my finger. Is his lack of movement and noise OK?

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  • Brenda Rhine - 2012-04-21
    I have same problem as Seth King. I have 2 parakeets. They eat well but don't want to play or talk much.
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Rosemary - 2012-04-17
I have apple trees in my yard will they be okay as perches in my parakeet cage?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-17
    Yes, the apple tree branches would make excellent perches.
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Candy - 2012-04-01
I have my 1st parakeet (I think it's a 'Budgie'). Still a youngster so I'm not sure of the gender. I remember seeing a nature film that showed the animals in the wild living in holes in trees and cliffsides and thought a paper-towel tube attached to the side of the cage might be nice as a place of quiet and solitude. I have seen the bird eating the edges of the paper and became concerned that it might cause harm. Are there any lists of materials and/or foods to avoid?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-01
    They are little (I forget the name) but little birdie bundles that are made out of soft cloth that either attach to the side of the cage or hang from the cage that are specifically for a hidey/sleepy hole for little birds. There are also bird nest boxes which you can purchase. My guess is that the little one would just eatr the paper towel roll cuz that is what they do. Obviously, they shouldn't get into anything toxic. Some plants are, glue, paint, regular stuff that you can not eat either. Food - they can eat pretty much anything nutricious you can eat except no chocolate, sugar isn't great, preferably not salt and avocados are toxic to them. I am sure if you Bing.com toxic foods for parrots there is a huge list but this is pretty much the basics. No alchohol.
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Renee - 2012-03-28
Hi! My daughter and I purchased a parakeet about 3 months ago, that is only around 4 inches long from nose to tail tip. He shivers whenever we approach the cage. We have tried taking it slowly but he just cowers in the back of the cage. He won't eat people food - only seed. Also, he cannot fly more than 1 to 2 feet and not very high. I thought his wings had been clipped but now I'm not sure why he doesn't fly. Any ideas?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-28
    Possibly he does not fly because his muscles never developed in order to alow him to fly. Possibly he was just always cooped up in a cage. Possibly, because he has never seen anyone fly - he doesn't know to. Just keep letting him out of the cage and go over and sit by him. Try and gently toss fruit loops by him and let him eat them. If you eat - see if he will jopin you in eating. Sounds like he was just cage bound and you have to start from the beginning. Very beginning.
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