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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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Gabriel - 2012-03-26
One of my parakeets just died. I'm not sure what happened to him. I'm not an expert on parakeets so I need some info.

He had 3 other parakeets in the cage with him. Food was replaced daily along with Fresh water too. I had him for less then a week a total of 5 days. Found him in the corner of the cage and on the bottom of the cage had poo piles like diarrhea. I was gone for the day and when I came home that night he was dead.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-26
    I have no way to know what happened to your little guy but I would sure throughly clean and disinfect the cage/toys etc. My concern is you just bought the parakeet from a pet store and what happens if the parakeety was ill and/or contacious? On the bottom of the cage with diarrhead could be any number of things but my concern is to protect the ones you have left. Clean everything extremely throughly with bleach water solution or Novalsan. Unless the parakeet ater something toxic, I'd say you bought a sick bird. You might want to talk to a vet.
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Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-25
ok how do you tell if your parakeets is pregnant because she is fatter than the male.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-25
    If you think she is pregnant, she probably is. Get a nest box ready and wait for the eggs. Females are usually fatter than the male but when obvious, probably pregnant and eggs soon.
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Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-03
Now my parakeets are throwing seeds what do I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-03
    That is what they do. All parrots throw seed - I call it 'food fight' but actually they are just throwing the seed they don't much care for to get to the good stuff. Birds throw seed, kick seed out of bowls and will even pick up a mouth full and throw it at their human. It is funny. It is normal. Nothing you can do.
  • rick - 2012-03-22
    I keep my parrots and parakeet in glass aquariums with metal screen tops; like for reptiles. The pet stores like Pet Smart carries corn cobb or bird crushed walnut liter; this can be cleaned by sifting with a poop scooper also for reptiles at most pet stores and clean the glass with vinegar and water solution it is nontoxic and bugs and such do not like vinegar. Pet Smart also carries perches which set on the floor of the tank and with the metal reptile tops you can hang perches or toys! It keeps the mess down and my birds are quite happy! Of course I let them out every day as well! Also Pet Supplies Plus delivered my forty gallon tank and stand, for free!

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Mary Stewart - 2012-03-11
My male parakeet started a couple days ago sitting in his cage with his feathers ruffled could there be something wrong with him

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-11
    Usually if a parrot is just sitting there - especially on the bottom of the cage or in a bowl - but just sitting with the feathers fluffed up - they are very ill. I would get the little fella to the vet immediately. They do their best to hide illness but just sitting and fluffed (not just for a few minutes) but extended tim frame - he is sick. You would need meds.
  • rick - 2012-03-22
    There is a varity of bird powder medicines available at all pet stores and you add the powder to the water. I have nursed my birds back to health. I also suggest you use a water bottle like for a hamster; they have some for birds, my birds drink from theirs easily! And a good heat light would help your bird heal! Keep birds away from nonstick pans smells it can kill them! I have a grey parrot, an amazon and a small blue and black parakeet and they're a joy!
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Cindy - 2012-03-21
I just bought a female indian ringneck. I have had 1 week today. The breeder I bought her from said I need to hold her and rub her neck at least 2 times a day or more if allowed. I have been able to hold her 2 times in a week, for about 10 to 15 mintues. She will not let me touch her. Those 2 times I did I had to use a glove to get her. When I do get her she will step up from the hand with the glove to the hand without the glove, about 4 times then she flies off. I want to be able to hold her and her ride on my shoulder. But I feel chasing her around to catch is not good. Please tell me what to do. Thank you Cindy

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-21
    I am sorta surpirsed the little gal didn't freak out just with the glove. It would scare most birds. Chasing it is just not a good idea - again you will frighten it. You have only had it a week - give her more time. She needs to get used to your voice, the sounds of the home, TV etc. Right now, everything is new and scary to her. You need to just let her out of her cage and let her come to you. Use treats to feed her with your hand or let her out on the table when you eat. She doesn't have to walk in the food - just give her a little plate with some of what you eat on it. You are her flock and security. She will come to you. When she flies down - which she will - pick her up and say 'UP'. Then put her anywhere you are comfortable. Then do 'up' again. Practice 'up' on the bed. Just lay down on the bed and let her come to you. Go slow and wait till both you and she are comfortable and not nervous.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-22
    OK she is being stubborn for sure. Let's try putting her food right outside the cage door. At least put treats and a small something to play with outside the cage door. Millet - they seem to know what it is and they love it. Ritz cracker, cracked walnut, cheerios or fruit loops - set it just outside the cage door and then slowly move it an inch or so further out every few days. Make a perch for her out of tree branches and put her on the cage with a food and water bowl.
  • Cindy - 2012-03-22
    Thank you for your reply. I always keep the cage door open during the day. I close it if I am going to be out of the room for more than a couple of minutes. But most of the time it is open, she never comes out. Maybe one day soon she will come out on her own.
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VictoRiia Lopez - 2012-03-21
I have two parakeets blue and yellow. The blue one has brown on its nose and the yellow one has super light blue (almost reaching to white). How can you tell the difference between which is a boy and girl?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-21
    The males cere (nose) is usually blue and the females nose (cere) is a tan or yellowish tan.
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