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ARI - 2010-05-05
Hi
i am from south africa and looking for quaker mutations to import.

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Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-02-26
Ok I got a parakeet, right, but they are very scared of people so sometimes I put my hand on the cage to fix it. Everytime they fly. What do I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    Putting your hand on or in the cage to those little parakeets would be like KING KONG or some alien being putting their hand above your head while you were in bed. Scares them. You have two parakeets, so chances are they are going to bond with each other - and not necessarily with a human. If you want to try, then start by talking to them or singing or whateverr and giving them small tidbits of treats, cheerios, cracker with almond buttter, pieces of toast etc with your hand. But open the cage door and let them take it from your hand. Go slow and talk so they can see you and get used to you. The first few times, maybe all you can do is just put the treat in the food bowl and go from there. You can probably have them not afraid but I don't know they will ever be tame - being they are not at this age - probably not hand fed or handled and there are two of them so no need for human companion.
  • Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-03
    Thank you it's working.
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Tracy Hefner Hardesty - 2012-03-02
Also, they look young, so how can they tell already what they are?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-02
    You really can't tell what the sex is untill they are about 6 months old. The males cere - right between - slightly above the nostrils will be a color usually a bluish. The females cere will be a creme color or very pale looking yellow/beige.
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Tracy Hefner Hardesty - 2012-03-02
I just got 2 parakeets 1 yellow 1 white w/pale yellow. The yellow one is on the side of the cage at top and won't move. Is something wrong? He looks so scared..and the pet store told me they are both female. I dont want babies and so hope they were right!..

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-02
    It takes a few days for a bird to settle in to the new enviornment. They are scared and they will usually snuggle up to the cage side and sit at the very top - almost cramped up. Scared. That does not mean that you can't talk softly or sing or laugh around him - you should. Let him get used to the noises in the home and your voice and Television sounds. There also isn't any reason for you not to pick him up, hold him close to your chest, talk softly and pet the top of his head. You want them to get used to you and if you show that you are not nervous and afraid - they have a tendency to relate to the flock leader - that's you.
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Kristi - 2012-02-26
We just got a parakeet. He's so cool! What type cage would you recommend? And what about toys?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    Scroll up and look under housing in this Animal World article for recommendations on caging. Get rid of the doll rods that come with the cage. Birds really can't hold on to those smooth surfaces and their feet will cripple or hurt - just like a human trying to hang onto a broom stick or balance onone. You can purchase cholla brances or just use branches from a fruit tree - or sanded manzanita. Put a concrete perch as the highest perch in the cage for sleeping and that way his nails and beak will stay trimmed cuz he will do it himself. Toys - all sorts of toys for your little one are avialbe at pet stores but you can make them too. A real small dixie cup - they find fun. A popsicle stick. A toilet paper roll, a piece of paper towel - especially if you hold it and play peek. Just have fun and enjoy
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Rhondalove - 2012-02-22
Why is my budgies shedding?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-22
    Even when housed inside, birds get a heavy white down undercoat to keep them warm for the winter. When spring is about here, they SHED the down - all those little white feathers - that they don't need as warmer weather is coming.
  • Rhondalove - 2012-02-22
    Thanks, I thought they were sick.
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Roberta - 2012-02-19
How do you know where a parakeet is looking? When he is looking straight ahead is he looking at me or at my husband who would be to his right?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-20
    I don't know what the peripheral vision of a parrot is but when I call my bird(s) they look at me. If they look out the window and see a strange car - they make a big racket. It seems they look at where their head is facing but I think they have better peripheral vision that humans do.
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Angie - 2012-02-16
I have a pair of Indian Ring Necks that had a clutch of 5 eggs, only 1 was fertile and hatched, but died because the mom didn't feed it. Now I have 3 fertile eggs and I am afraid that the mom won't feed them again. I bought them from a lady that said she didn't want any babies, so when the pair would have eggs she would take them out and throw them away(cruel). Do you think the female will feed them this time, or should I plan on taking them out? How do I take them out if they hatch every other day? As they hatch? Will she hurt the others if I do pull them one by one? I have never done this before, but I don't want the babies to die. Please help. Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-16
    They say and I have found the first couple of clutches are free. It takes a clutch or two for mom to learn to incubate (actually sit the eggs) and it takes time for mom torealize that she has to feed them. With that women throwing the eggs out, mom never learned. They are not in the wild where they see other memembers of the flock, breeding, incubating andfeeding. If you see mom is not feeding the babies and it is day 1, I would just use a pipette and give the baby a drop of Pedialyte (warmed from grocery store) You can do this by placing the Pedialyte water on the top of their beark (toward the end) and they will catch it as it falls. Day two - if she still isn't feeding them - do the same thing but use Pedialyte and mix it will formula for birds per instructions on back. Day 3 = if still not feeding you followinstructions and by this time the second egg (if fertile will be hatched). If you don't let mom learn to fee, she never will. Pull the babies if she harms one and feed them but give her another chance with the next litter. Shorter version - if she doesn't attempt to feed them, you are going to try and show her to feed them. OK? Good luck love birds are tiny.
  • Angie - 2012-02-16
    I understand what you are saying about putting it on the babyies beak so it will have something, but how am I gonna show mom how to feed? If I stick my hand in there where she can see me or get a hold of me, she will tear me up..?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-16
    WOW not tame huh? Sorry about that, I just in error assumed they were tame as my bird parents always were. You can't then. If you can close off the entrance to the nest box to prevent mom from ripping you up, you can try and just feed them in the box. If not then, yes, you would have to pull them as they hatch and place them in a brooder or start them at a 95 degree temperature somehow. Feeding Indian Ringnecks from day 1 - is no way going to be an easy task. Maybe that is why the woman threw the eggs out. I have hand fed from the egg for many years with many different parrots and no way would I be enthusiastic about this task. I would do everything I could to have mom feed the eggs. I don't think you'd be able to close off the nest box and actually help to the extent the babies would live. I don't think - unless you are a really experienced hand feeder that you would be able to feed these guys and have them live. Best chance is with mom and letting her learn. Hopefully that works. I wouldn't want to feed Indian Ring Necks before the age of about 10 days - so the oldest would be about 15 days and the youngest 10 days. I'd pull them all at one time.
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coree - 2011-04-18
I have a Budgie parakeet name Polly. I'm getting another one soon. I'm naming it Penny or Perry. Polly is under 1 year old and he likes to talk to other birds outside. We call him vampire because he likes to swing upside down. He's an active bird and I love him very much.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-19
    Sounds like you are enjoying. I am glad and keep us up to date on your new adddition.
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amal - 2012-02-07
thanks for the tips earlier but the nuts for the birds must be raw or toasted...and one more thing i jus caught them mating i left the room while they're out for less than five min to come back and see this shall i put them in the same cage but i can't have them having babies my parents were not happy about them from the beginig what shall I do ??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-07
    If you didn't want babies, then you should have gotten just one or two of the same sex. It is probably to late to do anything now.
  • tre - 2012-02-10
    You have to keep them in the same cage
  • amal - 2012-02-10
    The problem is when I got them they were little baby birds and I didn't know their sex !
    So I don't know what just happened and I love them so much I won't be able to give any of them away
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