How do you take care of a parakeet?
Topic: How do you take care of a parakeet?
June 16, 2019 / By Alysia Question:
So I just bought my Parakeet from Petco, and I bought some necessities, for example the cage, toys and other items. However I do not know how to actually tame and entertain it. I believe he is too young to actually determine his gender. At the moment he seems very nervous. He's not at the bottom of the cage, but is perched on a rod. Are there any ways I can keep him calm and relaxed? If possible can someone provide me with some information I should know about parakeets?
Best Answers: How do you take care of a parakeet?
Victor | 9 days ago
I think Wolf means kids aren't very good with parakeets? Parakeets need people to be kind and patient with them and learn how to interact with them over time... and kids just want to try and MAKE them do stuff by grabbing or poking etc., which is very frightening to a little parakeet.
Yes, it is difficult to know gender until a parakeet has reached sexual maturity (anywhere from 6-9 months). When the cere (thing that looks like nostrils) is pink or brown, it is a female. When they are blue, it is a male. My keet's nares were bright blue until she reached sexual maturity at about 9 months of age, so it can be deceiving when they are young!
*i'm going to refer to your parakeet as a "she" to make it simple
As for how to care for a parakeet… a keet from Petco will be difficult to tame, especially without prior experience. It is possible, but difficult. Hand-raised birds are very easy to tame, since they are weaned away from their parents and fed by the human hand a week or two after hatching. I would still encourage you to try to bond with your parakeet. Once you have bonded (or if you ever "give up"), please do get her a companion so she isn't so lonely. If you bond with her and can spend a considerable amount of time with her, you may not need to get her a companion.
Cage should be as large as you can afford/place in your home. Birds are winged animals. They are born to fly, or at the very least "flutter" if you choose to clip her wings (a practice I don't like but that can be helpful during taming period). If she can't fly out of her cage throughout the day, do make sure she has plenty of room to fly/climb/hop around in her cage, along with plenty of toys! I leave my keet's cage open all day and she still has a big cage with lots of toys!
Wean your keet off of a seed-based diet as soon as you can. You want her to eat a good quality pellet diet (such as Zupreem) and ideally fruits/vegetables as well. You need to look this up online. There are many things that are toxic/poisonous to birds that you wouldn't think of. Also, proportion of pellets to vegetables (and other foods) is something you need to research online if that is the route you go.
There is so much to tell you about how to care for a parakeet. Before getting my parakeet, I read several books on how to care for her in addition to blogs and websites. The books aren't usually very long. Do buy yourself a few… you can look for recommended books on websites and there is a wealth of information online as well. If you have any specific questions, I would love to help you answer them.
P.S. I forgot to answer your question about how to calm/comfort her...
You can put a little chamomile in her water to calm her if she seems agitated. Don't put the flakes in there- she'll avoid her water… you can brew she tea and put a little of it in her water. Make sure it is organic (has no other chemicals or herbs that could be toxic to her).
Make sure her cage is against a wall, preferably in a corner. You don't want it to be covered with direct sunlight either. You also want it to be in a place where there is the most traffic (where she will be around people the most during the day) and where she can see what's going on in the room & other rooms if possible. Don't put her cage where someone might pop out from behind her and startle her or something.
At night, make sure you cover her cage with a special cage cover, sheet or blanket. This keeps drafts out of the cage and makes her feel more secure when it's dark.
While she gets used to being in your home during the day, you can fold the blanket and place it on top of her cage to provide her with more security (some places in the cage will be darker and might help her relax to go there).
Talk sweetly to her and sing to her. You can read from a book or put some calming music on. You can put the radio on a low volume too if you like when you're away. Don't take her out of her cage right away… allow 2-3 days for her to adjust to the new environment first.
Again, read read read! There is a wealth of information out there!
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Originally Answered: How to take care of a Parakeet?
The color of the parakeet you buy is your own personal preference. Parakeets with different colors don't have different personalities. Parakeets are all very unique, whether they are the more common or rare mutations.
Male parakeets aren't usually as aggressive and nippy as female parakeets.
Some male parakeets can be taught to speak. To encourage your parakeet to speak, start when it's young. Say easy words, such as "pretty boy" and "goodbye". Parakeets tend to learn words with p's, and b's in them very quickly. Reward your parakeet with a treat (like millet) if it starts saying words. Parakeets can take several months to begin saying anything. Be patient and keep training sessions short but frequent.
Parakeets that have been hand-fed and are socialized are much easier to tame than those that haven't been (such as most petstore birds). This means you'll need more time and patience to tame a store bought parakeet.
To keep your parakeet healthy, feed it a well-balanced diet with fruits, veggies, calcium, and protein. Some seeds and millet as a treat or in moderation are okay.
Here are some websites that have good books on parakeet care:
Take your parakeet to an avian vet for exams to make sure it's healthy. If it's not healthy, you want to catch any illness early so it can be treated. Always be on the lookout for signs of illness, such as sleeping too much, runny cere, scaly face/feet, loss of appetite, wheezing, trouble breathing, laying at the bottom of the cage, lethargy, sneezing too much, dirty vent, constipation, diarrhea, and fluffed up appearance (they do this to conserve body heat).
In addition, I recommend getting your parakeets' wings clipped for safety and taming reasons. For safety, your parakeet is much less likely to fly away from you and become lost. Also, it's less likely to fly into objects in your house and become injured. For taming, it's much easier to catch a parakeet that can't fly high.
If you buy only one parakeet, it will most likely bond to you. Two or more parakeets tend to bond closer to one another. Also, taming one parakeet is easier than taming two. The parakeets need to be separated when training so they don't distract one another.
Keep your parakeet or parakeets in a large enough cage so they can exercise and feel comfortable. Place a few toys in the cage, like mirrors, swing, ladders, preen toy, so they will have something to do and stimulate their minds.
He'll get used to you over time. What you need to do is get him used to you. To do this you can just sit by his cage and talk to him softly getting him used to you being so near and your voice.
Open the cage once he is used to you being around and put your hand inside so he can investigate, don't make any sudden movements or it will startle him. Once he stands on your hand, you can teach him to step up. Put your finger in front and push towards him gently on the bottom of his stomach. Say 'up' as he steps onto your finger. You can let him out once he does what you ask.
Budgies love seed, they don't need grit or anything like that with their food. They also need fresh fruit and veg daily, although nothing that will give them the runs. Mine especially loves snow peas.
You need to clean out the cage at least weekly as they go to the bathroom a lot and when they eat, they flick seed around.
Let the bird out for a fly daily, once it is trained, to stretch his wings. Make sure all doors and windows are closed so the bird won't fly away.
You can put a bath in the cage for the bird on warm days and it will decide itself if it wants to have a bath. You can just buy a cheap shallow dish from anywhere.
They can learn to talk if you spend a lot of time teaching. Just pick a word you want the bird to learn and keep repeating it whenever you walk past the bird, don't stand next to him saying the same thing over and over for half an hour though as he will get bored of the word and just ignore you.
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It will take 3 - 6 days for your bird to get used to his new cage, your home, and you.
Approach the cage very slowly for a few weeks, speak softly, try to sit in the same room as your bird everyday for a few hours everyday for about 2 weeks, sit across the room then everyday move your chair closer.
patience, which kids rarely have is absolutely required in bird training, there is just too much for one message, but post more, specific questions when you have them, and you will (that is fine).
There are many wonderful bird training videos on youtube, I really hope you take the time to watch a few, good luck.
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First of all you should not have bought from a pet store. When you were at the store someone should of gone over everything with you instead of you just spending your money and walking out the door. Next time buy from a reputable breeder.
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Prepare the cage. Line the cage with paper towels or copy paper (better choices than newspaper) and change them regularly. Set up the cage with perches, water/food dishes and toys. Bring the bird home to quiet place and play soft music for a few days. •Toys are needed to keep the bird entertained (boredom can cause screaming) and healthy.
Let the bird get used to you and the surroundings, doing nothing but maintaining his food/water and cage, before trying to train the bird to perch on your finger.
Seeds are a very common source of bacterial infection, and can easily lower the health and lifespan of your bird. Bacteria can build up and overwhelm your bird over time. Birds adapt to pellets at various rates, and initially may reject them, perhaps vigorously. However, usually 90% of parakeets will convert within two weeks using the following plan: •Leave pellets in a food dish in cage at all time.
•Give birds seed for only one hour in the morning and one hour at night.
•The rest of the time they have to snack on pellets.
•Generally, the 10% of parakeets which don't switch in two weeks will switch after a short period of reverting to a seed diet.
Feed fresh vegetables such as kale, beets, peas, carrots, parsley, cooked yams, sliced apple, mandarin oranges, citrus, and the like. Food can be clipped to the bars of the cage or chopped small in a food processor and put in a bowl.
Millet sprigs or "sprays" are a favorite treat, but don't feed too much of it (about 1/2" per day), as it is fattening like junk food. Avoid sweets or excess oats, both of which are fattening.
Try to interact with your birds daily for at least 30-90 minutes. Without regular and sufficient attention, they will lose interest in human interaction. A pair will tend to bond with one another (regardless of sex) and ignore humans, but through interaction, you can be considered part of the flock. •A way to interact with your bird is to sing together, give it baths and if it seems to be rapidly dropping a mobile toy, pick it up. There is a chance it is trying to play a game with you.
•Talk to it. Sometimes parakeets get lonely. A good way to get them happy again is to talk to them.
•To get them to climb up on your finger, push a little bit on their stomach, and say "Step Up." By continuously saying that, they will start to say it by themselves, and will "Step Up" whenever they say it (which will usually be when they come to a stair/ledge).
Think about how your bird(s) can get exercise. Many people assume they can just leave the birds in a small cage all day, where the birds, which in the wild fly and exercise a lot, otherwise get fatty and fat related illnesses. If trimmed, just have a decently big cage with good toys and give the bird some play time out of a cage every day. Manual exercise can be achieved by a sensitive toss or holding it in your hand and sensitive dragging down until looks tired, shown by heavy breathing..
Parakeets are reall hard to care for most of the time but you will get used to them and they will to you. So no worries. Have fun!
Tips: •Let out your parakeet for up to an hour a day, but make sure it doesn't fly away.
•Clean the cage bars with soap and water regularly, particularly after you've clipped food to the bars.
•Let them play around a bit.
•Parakeets need 10 hours of sleep a day. They get most of it at night, and nap during the day at times. A low TV is okay. Keeping the cage covered helps them feel safe and sleep better.
•Only fill the seed cup just enough to cover the bottom of the cup. This way you can control how much your budgie eats and you won't waste as much food. This also helps by not making the budgie have to dig through the dish and make a mess.
•Never leave a window opened when your parakeet is outside of it's cage it could get out.
•Always make sure the room is at a good temperature, as they can die if it is too hot or too cold.
•Let them climb and play on safe things.
•Don't play loud music around the parakeet or make any sudden movements.
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Originally Answered: Is my parakeet okay?general parakeet questions?(with pictures)?
Looks pretty female to me. I've read that the white around the nostrils and has baby blue on the cere defines a parakeet as female. It would be more of a pinkish purple if she was a boy. She also looks pretty healthy sized to me, just make sure that her diet is well balanced. If you've got her on a seed-based diet like my birds, I'd say it wouldn't hurt to try these multi-drops that you put in their water for extra nutrition on a seed-based diet.
It also depends on the personality on the parakeet on if they want to bathe or not. I tried getting my girl to hop into the sink, she wouldn't go for it at all. But then I decided to just keep her in the bathroom with me to explore on her own while I showered, and she instantly joined me. Bath time with your bird can be an excellent bonding experience. Just let her come into the shower on her own, don't force her in.