Animal Stories - Budgerigars - Parakeets

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and ill help you all I can :)
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.
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.