Animal Stories - Budgerigars - Parakeets

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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    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?
Catherine Susan Josepayt Daily - 2012-06-06
We had a lovely parakeet for 5 years. On Sunday while the grandchildren were here, they left the door open and he flew out. We are devastated. Is there a chance he could survive? We are 5 miles outside of Philadelphia, the weather that night was rainy and chilly. Anyone have any ideas where he could have flown (lots of trees and woods) and what we could do to find him? Appreciate input. Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-06
    Place the cage outside, higher is better. Turn on some music or any sound and have it play outside and then turn on some sort of light or spotlight by the cage. Frequently they are attracted to the sound and the light as dusk approaches. Most likely she will be fine, however, I don't know if she will come back to your home or fly in someone elses home. Many 'find' parakeets and write in. Look in local newspaper or put a small add in local paper.
mary lou ignasiak - 2012-05-31
I have bought a parakeet she is all white with a little blue on her stomach. I'm having trouble with her she will not eat her food or drink her water she is a very scared bird and hides under her food dish also she does not chirp like other parakeets do. I don't know what I should do about this bird. I'm just wondering if she is scared or lonely. I don't know what else to do can anyone give me some suggestions as to what is wrong with her

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-01
    Give her some time to calm down and get used to your home. She is probably very frightened with all the new sounds and smells. Let her calm down and then leave the door open to her cage so she can come out on her own. Talk to her, sing, laugh, whatever so she gets used to you. Put treats outside the cage door if you need to. Approach her slowly and then just pick her up. If you could hold her in the pet store, you can hold her at home, it will just take her getting used to sites and sounds. If you couldn't hold her in the pet store, you are going to have to tame her.
Ronnie - 2012-05-24
lovely, amazing, fantastic. recreative

She D. Layosa - 2012-05-21
Can some pls help me with my budgie. Everytime she lays her egg she always throw it outside what will i do to stop this. Does my female budgie having a behavioral problem? am so pity with those eggs she lay:(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-21
    She obviously doesn't want kids. Seriously, you don't want her doing that. Next time she lays an egg - remove the egg and put a heavy egg looking object in the nest. They have fake eggs for birds but possibly a hard boiled egg would work. You don't want her to keep laying eggs. Another thought is where is she laying the eggs? She needs a nest box - whether the eggs are furtile or not. Be a lot harder to throw the eggs out that way also. Not a behavioral problem as much as a has no idea what she is doing problem.