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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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MIKE GREENE - 2012-03-27
I GOT A PARAKEET I THOUGHT HE WAS LONEY SO I GOT HIM A FRIEND BUT ALL HE DOES IS PECK AT THE BIRDS HEAD AND BEAK LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE KISSING?????? I HOPE HE IS NOT TRYING TO HURT THE BIRD.HELP !!!!!!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-27
    They are just playing. I think they like to sword fight with their beaks sometimes but I have never had one that hurt another. The pecking at the head - that is probably preening where the one bird removes that waxy type coating off the new feathers coming in. Just affection and attention.
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Kayla - 2012-03-26
I purchased a green parakeet 3 weeks ago an its cere is still white. He is still scared of my hand. He listens and looks at me when I approach the cage, but once he sees my hand aproach that door he flies to the back of the cage, and waits till I take my hand out. Every now an then he will let me pet his chest or he will put one foot on my finger until he notices it's my finger and not the perch. He starts shaking his foot like eew. lol can some one please help me tame him.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-26
    You are doing fine - just keep on doing what you are doing. Let him HOLD your finger, keep on talking to her and remember your hand going into her cage is like King Kong waking you up in the morning. Feed her treats with your hand - try and feed her outside the cage or at least on top of it. She will get used to your hand. Don't forget to talk to her and let her get used to the homes noises.
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Kenneth Christie - 2012-03-26
i purchased a pair of green parakeets from a store. It has been a week now and I'm not sure how to train them. They are a little afraid of me. Any help from anyone please. Any tips on how to solve these problem.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-26
    It takes awahile for new parrots to settle into their enviornment. They are afraid of everything - new noises, location, new sounds and you. You need to just go slow and talk to them, sing, laugh, let them walk around on the floor or bed and just let them come to you. You have two and they will most likely pair bond. You actually have no idea as to how old they are or if they were ever tame. Training - that is going to be not easy with two that will pair bond but you can try just letting them come to you and feeding them treats (cheerios, millet, chicken) with your hand and hopefully they will get used to you. I am truly not overly concerned as you possibly have a male and female and they will mate and you will have a cuddly pet but why would you purchase a bird that can not be handled? Hand fed babies are as cuddly and loverly as you can get and they won't need any training. People wouldn't purchase a puppy that bites or can't be held - why do they purchase a bird that can't be held and cuddled?
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