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Next week, I will be adopting a young Parakeet/budgie from a family member who is no longer able to take care of it. And now that I have a lot more free time, this is something I can and want to do.

I have never owned a bird, Ive did some birdsitting( xD lol that term)  now and then many years ago, but thats not even the same( I have however owned..a lot of diffrent kinds of pets in the past xD )

. I have a week to read and get to know this bird species, and ive seen some pretty informative videos already! Both the pros and cons. And now I want to hear your stories, :D and ofcourse if you have a picture of your bird, I would love to see that aswell ^^

How do you care for your bird, and what have you experienced that is both good and bad? Do you have some helpfull tips to share, post it all ^^

Not sure what the one I will be adopting looks like, or what gender it is, but I will find out next week. But I am hyped for a noisy companion <3



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Yoyorahrah123 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Congratulations! From the picture you posted on your profile, the budgie is a boy :D
If he has dark colored eyes, he's about 1-3 months, brown-ish eyes, 4-8 months, and anything lighter is 8 months and older :D
budgies love millet, company and flying around. Budgies show their affection if they start grooming your hair, it's called mutual preening. Budgies live about 10- 15 years. A budgie is usually hyper, curious, and fun loving; if there is and sudden change in personality or weight or change in general, make sure you go to the vet :D
CAREFUL WITH THE POOP!
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FreeFlightCanvas Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure if you're still looking for advice, though, I will just leave this here, just in case. XD

How to tell gender:
Blue or purple cere= Male
Pink or brown cere= Female

I own six parakeets for a few years already. (One of them years ago when he was still a baby: [link], his cere was pinkish, but I knew he was a guy in the beginning. My family doubted me.) They all LOVE millet, which they should only eat during training. Every now and then, they would get some broccoli as a treat too. Parakeets love noise, so when you leave your budgie home alone, try leaving the TV on or play some music for to listen to. (Some budgies can be picky about the music and shows they watch on TV, it's pretty hilarious. Then again, my parakeets all seem to be picky about everything. XD) Always keep them away from salt, galvanized metal, and zinc in general, those are poisonous to birds.

My birds are free-flight, my family leaves their cage door open 24/7 unless there's a blackout. They can cause quite a mess when they fly around and get themselves stuck, so it's helpful that you get your parakeet used to humans and would willingly perch on your hand if you would like them to fly around, so when they ever get stuck somewhere they shouldn't be (on top of the ceiling fan, shelf, etc.) you can get them down safely. Make sure the area the bird is going to fly in is safe, no heaters or fans on, nothing sharp laying around, etc. Flying is the best exercise available.
Other information:
-I heard that parakeets tend to live longer if they have another budgie friend, however, they would be harder to train.
-When a happy, active parakeet suddenly starts sitting around at the bottom of the cage and not as happy or active as before, it's a sign that they are possibly ill. Other signs of illness or liquid-y droppings.
-You must have a cuttle-bone for your parakeet, otherwise their beak would overgrow. Talons must also be kept short, there are videos on YouTube that shows how to clip them.
-Let them listen to birds chirping by playing videos for them, their reactions are adorable, but don't do it too much. They'll discover it's a video and won't fall for it. D8
-Decorate the outside of the cage with a few perches ad toys so they feel that the area outside the cage isn't so scary.
-Sing or read to them once in a while, that would help build your friendship.
-Bells. My parakeets love bells. Try to give them toys with bells.
*got lazy at the end so she listed* XD
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
8D thank you!
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SHlR0l Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student General Artist
One phrase: Birds need lots of calcium!

Make sure you buy cuttlebones and such to make sure he grows up strong. :3 /currently owns a cockatiel and a parakeet/.
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woospuss Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I have a white budgie who I found on the side of a foot path when i was out walking last year. She loves her mirror and never stops chirping ( unless u take the mirrors away ). She has managed to impersonate the call of a Rosella...

If ur bird likes sound maybe play music for it when ur out, and a few times a day get him/her onto your finger otherwise it will loose the finger training. And what u can do to bath him/her ( this is what i do ) is take everything out of the cage but leave the perches and the bird, place the cage on ur back yard lawn ( if u have one ) in the sun, get the hose and put it on a light shower setting and hold it far back ( u dont want to blast the budgie away ) and let it spray into one side of the cage so the bird can come in and out as they please. Then place the cage in a safe place to dry in the shade and put to food and water back into the cage. Only do this on hot days as a budgie can catch a cold. And dont leave the bird in the sun for too long. Hope that helps :)
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BubbleChii Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I know this is late, but I own a cockatiel (which was abused, so I took it in). He loves a lot of attention and some really good treats for birds that are healthy are fruit bars and millet seed. Make sure their food is always full, and that the water is always filled up high and never grimy on the bottom. And during the winter time (if you live up north) you would want to get a small amount of a winter molting coat seeds and put a little bit in their dish when they eat. Hope this helped!
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gnarsly Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh goody you're getting a parakeet! :dummy:
I got my little budgie last summer, and she's already got a special place in my heart :heart:
If you're getting it from a family member it may already be tame, so I don't think you'll have too many problems with that. However, what I do know is that different birds like different toys. Mine is OBSESSED with bells, others like to chew more, so try stuff out :meow: To get a bird to love you back, you have to be very patient (this was the hardest part for me), and you have to spend time with them everyday, even if it's just drawing or doing homework next to their cage. Eventually, they will get used to you cleaning their cage, feeding them, etc. Also, to teach them to talk, you should say certain words to them at certain times of the day. For example, when I leave for school in the morning, I always Sa "Bye, bye," and she chirps back. Eventually, those chirps will turn into words, but you have to listen carefully because their voices are really small. Oh, and be careful with their diet!

Hope this helps! :la:

By the way, you can tell a female apart from a male because of the color of it's "nose", or cere. A female's will be white (or brown if she's ready to breed), and a male's will be blue.

Whew, I am waaay to obsessed with birds :dummy:
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TheLovelyChemist Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I own a conure atm, but we have owned a parakeet before. He ended up dying because we were unaware that birds have sensetive respiratory systems. So no burning scented candles, potpourri, incense, etc. etc. Anything about their care, you can find online or ask their previous owner. :3
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Para-boo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I have 4 parakeets. One word for you, Griff --

NOISY.
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Diamondfeathers Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
feeding: seed mixes are OK but eventually can make the parakeet obese. Pellets, colored pellets, or pellets mixed with seeds are best, really. Fresh fruits and veggies are a good treat.

Parakeets LOVE millet. Keep it seldom in its diet; millet to birds=cookies to humans. Just put a branch on your hand, stick your hand in the cage,and your budgie should be chowing down between 2 seconds and a few minutes, depending on how well it knows you ;)

care: change his/her water every day. Budgies are more sensitive to such things.
-try to avoid using/spraying chemicals near it. Clorox used in the same room=almost instant death/damage to its lungs. Nail polish and cooking sprays are also bad. (sorry if this is lengthy. I just had to do a report on parrots for school xD)

Give him/her some chewies! I've noticed the females like cuttlebone more than the males. For instance, I once had this one girl with 2 boys. For a few months there wasn't any cutlebone in the cage, and the day after I added a new one, HALF of it was gone, and the female was chomping away. o3o
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