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How to Take Care of Your Pet Parakeet

Updated on October 13, 2012
green parakeet
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Parakeets or (Budgies) are delightful little birds. They come in a beautiful variety of colors. Some are baby blue and white like the sky. Others come in vibrant shades of greens and yellows. There scientific name (Melopsittacus) means melodious parrot. This name describes them perfectly. They love chattering and whistling in groups or by themselves. Along with being pleasing to the ear, these birds are intelligent.

Choosing a parakeet in your favorite colors, is a great idea. But it is more important that you choose a healthy bird. Look at his eyes, are they clear and alert? Look for any discharge coming from the nose or mouth. These are signs of a sick bird. Choose a reputable pet store or breeder. Most will not knowingly sell sick birds. But they can miss things, so it’s important for you the buyer to know what to look for.

Some parakeets can learn to talk. They can be taught to respond to simple voice commands such as, “step up”. This will come in handy, when you’re trying to get these little tyrants back in their cage. Don’t be fooled, parakeets can be feisty and their bites can really hurt. Socialization is essential, if you want to make handling a pleasurable experience for you and your pet. Spending at least a half hour with them daily, is essential for their mental health.

Birds are very social animals. Ignoring them or keeping them isolated in a room can be very stressful. In the wild when a bird is shunned by the flock, it is devastating, because the bird is no longer part of the group. These birds usually get sick, and are easy targets for predators. Your pet bird considers you and your family, as members of their flock. So you can see if the bird was suddenly isolated in a room, It would be taken personally. Some bird species acquire anxiety disorders, such as feather plucking, as a result of being neglected.

Make your feathered friend part of the family. Keep their cage in a room where the family likes to hang out. Parakeets love attention, and actually develop affection for their owners Initially, it can take time for your parakeet to trust you. But once they do, they will love you forever.

Parakeets are noisy little creatures. Some owners may find their loud chatter amusing, while others find it downright annoying, especially at night. Covering the cage at night will help them know when to sleep. Be sure to keep it away from drafts. Birds are very sensitive to extreme temperature changes. choose a cage that is wide enough for your bird to stretch out his wings. Include a few toys and perches to keep them occupied. They love looking at themselves in little cage mirrors.

Keep in mind that birds are messy, they love to spit their seed hulls out the side of the cage. It’s a good idea to place the cage over a hard would floor if possible. This way their mess can be easily swept up. You can buy bedding from your local pet store but old newspapers work just as well. Parakeets may be messy but they like to be clean. for a bathe, give them a good misting with warm water once a week .

Commercially prepared diets are necessary for proper nutrition. These diets are where the bird gets a majority of their nutrition. Cuttlebones should always be provided. These are an essential mineral supplement for your bird. Fruits and veggies should be given a few times a week. Treats should be given sparingly. Birds can actually become obese if fed high fat/high calorie diets.

Make sure you bird has access to clean water at all times. Switch out their water daily, and clean the bowl. If you notice droppings in the bowl then replace the water. Also check the food dishes for empty seed hulls. They usually remain at the top. A good way to tell which seed are empty is to blow over the top of the dish. The hulls will fly off leaving the seeds at the bottom. Check the seed levels daily. Birds have very high metabolisms and eat a lot. Monitor your birds droppings at the cage bottom. This is a good way to tell if your bird is eating enough. Look a the consistency of the droppings. They should have a solid green center and a runny white exterior, if this changes consult your vet. The consistency of their droppings is a good indicator of their health. Consult your veterinarian about any other questions you have about the care of your bird.

Parakeets make wonderful pets. They are great for the novice bird owner. They are easy to take care of and very fun little animals. I hope this has helped you get an idea of what it is like caring for a parakeet.

Some warnings:

*keep birds away from rooms with lots of mirrors, they can fly into one and be seriously injured or killed.

*keep birds away from pesticides and heated Teflon pans. The fumes can kill them.

*keep wings clipped for safety reasons (open windows).

*Turn off ceiling fans when bird is out of cage.

*All birds can bite, supervise small children when handling a bird.


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