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nwinberry - 2012-01-09
I have a male and a female parakeet that we bought for our son for christmas. I've done a lot of reading and learning on how to take care of them. I have noticed in a lot of websites that you should let them out of the cage and fly around a bit everyday. My question is if we let them out will they go back into the cage or will they fly around crazily?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-09
    You can't just let them out of the cage to fly around. They could fly into a wall, a door, a mirror and the impact would probably break their neck. It is great/wonderful/good to let them out but you have to show them safety. Example close the drapes/blinds or whatever in a small room and let them out but dit them on the bed. Let them venture but pick them up and show them HARD WALLS - cover mirrors. Show them soft landings by just sorta gently plopping them on the bed. Do this slowly throughout the home (or wherever they would venture) over many days. Hold them and knock on the walls and knock on the windows - let them feel the walls and windows with their beak so they realize not air. You can't just let them out you have to teach them.
  • Joe H - 2012-01-16
    It depends how trained your birds are. If they are hand trained and happy to step up to you then let them out. I have never known a bird to fly into a wall unless they are having a night fright, which is rare anyway, and mine tend to sleep in their cage anyway, further reducing the chances of this. You do have to be careful of windows and mirrors, net curtains are brilliant but mirrors do have to be covered, you'd think the idea of another budgie flying at them would be enough incentive to not go there but it's not. It looks clear so they go for it. Watch things like electrics, any open water (kitchens tend to be a bad place in general, unhygenic for one, but cookers and water and kettles and whatnot) all that sort of thing but most birds are very sensible. Don't let them out until they feel safe in their cage, and always keep an eye on them, they are happy to get into mischeif if they can (one of my new ones last year decided to crawl underneath my bed and refused to come out for three hours). Check your house plants aren't poisonous cause they're happy to eat them, and just generally use your common sense. Many people don't let theirs out during christmas for example because of the additional lights etc, but as long as you are watching them and they have things they are allowed to chew they are unlikely to. Mine love the Christmas tree and decorations because it's new places to land on and explore! Do be careful with any plants you bring in, especially Christmas trees, that they have not been treated in such a way it will harm your birds, I know someone whose conure lost a large amount of its feathers as they did not know it had been treated (they came through later fine). The best advice is once mirrors and windows are sorted, as long as they're tame just keep an eye on them! They tend to look after themselves and love coming down to see what you're doing! (So prepare for many interruptions and poo everywhere, but don't worry, it's easy to clear up). Mine now live in an aviary, but for several years they never had their cage door shut when I was in. Even at night they would always go in and stay in until I told them they were allowed out ('Bedtime' and 'morning' took a LONG time to train) so shutting it then was pointless.
  • Joe H - 2012-01-16
    And just one more thing! As it's a boy and a girl do make sure you watch them ALL the time. Once you know your budgies behaviour you will recognise when she is starting to feel broody, and a room has plenty of little hidey holes for nests. When this starts to happen best to let them have a nest box in their cage, and if you don't want youngsters, replace her eggs as she lays them with china ones, cheap and easy to buy, and she can sit and incubate until she's over the broodiness. Saves clutches being raised on top of wardrobes! (Again, someone I know had that, her birds were free to fly around all the time, and she saw her male sitting on the edge of the wardrobe a lot. Female was on top incubating and then rearing, a lot of mess and even more noise than normal! She's not made that mistake since and always offers a nestbox when she reckons she's broody, and uses the china eggs!)
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rosa - 2012-01-10
I have a parakeet that is white with pinkish eyes. I'm not sure if it's female or male but it is very active. How do you tell if female or male? I've been calling her a heather, I talk to her and it's like she knows what Im saying. I'll ask her if she has a good girl while I'm at school, she will bob her head yes. I've never had one before but its great. I also have a jack russell dog that is glued to her at all times with her plastic bone in her mouth. It sounds like sometimes they are talking to each other, is that possible. If anyone can help me on this sure would appriecate it. You can e mail me it would be great to hear comments. Thanks Rosa

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-10
    The males cere - the area right above the nostrils and across the eyes is usually a color - blue or sometimes a brighter green. The females cere is usually a yellowish tan color. Yes, as far as I am concerned somehow all the animals can communicate. I have no idea how but they (just like children) will band together frequently to drive humans nuts. I had a bird that would somehow call my dog and chatter back and forth and the dog would open the additional lock I had placed on the bottom and let the parrot out. I had a parrot that would yell 'help ma' whenever the dogs would let the deer out. Many many occurances of incidents liuke this over the years. I am completely convinced they can communicate with each other.
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abid - 2011-10-14
Hi I have baby yellow ring neck. His stomach is so hard. His digestive system not working well?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-15
    I don't know if something similar but a little white belly caique we had, his stomach was like he ate a rock. My human panicked - of course and took it to the vet. The little guy had somehow swallowed a whole almond - shell and all. The vet said it would pass and it did. One time I just decided that I wanted a whole bunch of nuts and ate the bowl and the same thing happened. My human said it felt like I had eaten the stones from the planter but I didn't. Could your little guy have eaten something or just too much? If it lasts longer than a day or two - you might think about a vet.
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Victoria - 2011-11-05
The mother of my 50 day old Indian ringneck chick is sick and won't feed her baby. Will the father ringneck feed and care for the baby without her helping. Or will I have to take over the job until the baby is weaned. They live in a large aviary, There are no other birds in there with them.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-05
    Doubtful the dad would feed the baby. Baby at 50 days old is close to being weaned and you can hand feed but also offer the baby food - cheerios, cracked walnuts, vegetables etc. There is formula at pet store and you can feed with a spoon just follow directions on the formula bag. Good luck and at 50 days old the baby is about ready to leave the nest anyway. They usually leave 6 - 7 weeks.
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Steve and Fran - 2006-09-12
Our lutino male ringneck "Cheech" thinks that he is a human being. He is subservient only to my husband (also Steve, perhaps it is the curse of the Steve!) and the rest of the family have to bare his ire! He doesn't talk, screams whenever he wants to be let out, hates our budgie and african lovebird even though they try to be friendly, does the white eyed thing pretty much constantly and refuses to play with toys, eat anything but fruit and peanuts in the shell and has a terrible death wish to eat an avocado (we know, they are deadly to parrots but he REALLY wants one!) as he knows that we wont let him have one (they must be good!) he has been caught sitting on a packet of frozen pork mince chewing through the wrapper and will sit on hands and shoulders under sufferance however HATES his head being touched let alone scratched (we have never managed to scratch his head) and is very suspicious of humans in general and would rather that they just got him lots of fruit in an endless stream than go anywhere near him. All in all he is a bit of a handful! We wish that he would talk but I think he is probably too old for that now and wouldn't do it anyway if he thought that he wanted us to! Thats about all now as we have to go and get him some more fruit!
Steve, Fran and family

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  • dana - 2011-09-18
    That is very funny :)
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cucuta... - 2011-12-10
female birds are always green or yellow , and male birds are always blue ? , ore that depends on the way they look for example their tail ?

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  • Catalina - 2012-01-03
    Female and male birds can be any color for example I have a blue,female parakeet you can only tell by looking at their beak. Blue beak= Male
    Brown beak= female. :] Your Welcome!!!!
  • Kelly - 2012-01-03
    4 parakeets if the nostrils are blue or purple it's a boy pink or brown means girl
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Confused2011 - 2011-12-27
I recently acquired two Parakeets for my soon to be 4 year old from a friend of my mother. The birds came as a complete surprise and I was completly shocked when she gave them to me. Right now our home is not big enough for the birds, 1 bedroom apt with two adults and a todler. I am a person who has never liked birds being kept as pets and now that I have had them for a couple of days that outlook is changing. In reality it is not fair to the birds to be with us and do not know what else to do with them other than to give them back. If anyone has any suggestions please reply, trying to do what is best for the birds.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-27
    Their heart might have been in the right place but they should have asked. I am sorry. You can advertise the birds on Craigslist or any free paper. You can take them to a rescue (yes they do take birds). You can ask your friends or call a breeder. You can probably take them to a pet store. I think I would just give them back to the woman with thanks for her consideation but explain your concern for the parakeets.
  • Catalina - 2012-01-03
    I think if your uncomfortable you should just try to give them the best freeedom you can like letting them walk on the ground. Just try to make them happy while they are there it might take off the burden:p ur welcome!!
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hend - 2011-12-19
I have just bought a pair of eastern rosella they are still afraid of me i put them in a aviary of height 1m , width 0.5m , length 1m i want to know if it is enough or i should have a bigger one and i want to know about their nest and do they like to eat ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-19
    You would need a larger cage or flight. For a breeding pair you would want something that is minimally 4 feet by 3 feet and 4 feet high with the nest box(es) at the top with a perch (so the male can sit) close by while the female is sitting the eggs. The male will also incubate the eggs. Good idea to put up two next boxes - at least 9 inches in size and let them choose. Nesting material can be sawdust or something like Carefresh. Leave them twigs, wood etc to also 'HELP' build their nest box. They usually nest in hollowed out logs and like to build (chew) a nesting area. As far as I know they eat just about everything. A good seed mix, plus pellets and some vegetables and fruits (occasionally). They like scrambled eggs (and leave the shelss in for calcium) and you can add veggies to the eggs. Fish and chicken works good too.
  • hend - 2011-12-21
    thanks alot
    but they dont want to eat eggs
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Aleisha Sanders - 2011-12-14
I need some advice from veteran parakeet owners. our female just had 2 hatchlings about 6 weeks ago and today my father calls saying that she has laid an egg. so my concern is it okay for the older keets to be mating again not even 3 months afterwards

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-15
    It happens sometimes. I would give her extra calcium - scrabled eggs with the shells in or a cuttlebone but yes it does happen and not uncommon.
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William - 2011-12-13
I love, parakeets. They are vary cute,kind,clean (At, times.) But in all means great pets to have! Not only dogs but, parakeets to are sadly, inbred. We as people commonly don't thank of pet birds, being inbred. Well it is true if you look at it. When you see a blue parakeet, you can't really see it out in the wild. Well that is because you can't! Parakeets such as purple and white and blue and other all sorts are inbred to sell. If you ever see a parakeet with a ankle band on it does not mean its under house protection but it means it was bred to be a bird of show and probably did not win. (Other problems with a inbred bird is... Week bones,Inteligents(at times) and feather loss.) I have a natural un inbred parakeet (Yellow and Green) and his/her name is Ptak Polish for bird and still is to young to have a sex id. But, in other terms parakeets are a great pet to have cheep and loyal to you if you treat it right in any color size and shape they make me happy and I wish they do you to :) ~William Scott

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