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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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lucelic Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student 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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Catch-Me-If-Ya-Can Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Super easy, but naturally he'll need attention and prefers to play and talk rather than sit and stare. I always found birds to be more friendly when they are not caged so keep the cage door open or if you can, give him a perch instead. That way they feel part of the family and can approach you when he's bored rather than wait for you. But trim their wings first or he'll fly everywhere. Soon, they'll trust you and become really loyal pets. I've had a group of parakeets who I used to leave in my yard on a tree and they'd always come to me when I called. But I don't recommend to keep them like that if you have predators, a hawk wandered in one day and bad stuff happened to my birds :( Bottom line is birds don't like to be treated as pets but rather family members. If one thing i do not recommend if you really want to play and become friends with the bird it would be to buy another bird. Once that happens they will replace you and parakeets being less social than other birds tend to do this very easily.

Hope you enjoy the experience :3
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generatingchunks Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
First of all, Griffy, I've been a big fan of yours for a long time, and I am so excited you are getting a parakeet!
I'm a parakeet owner also so I would like to say that, for the most part, taking care of one is pretty easy. Sure, you have to clean their cage every week, and you have to give them food and water every other day, but other than that they're the more easier breed of bird to take care for. But they need a lot of love, or else they won't attach to you. But who doesn't? :)
One thing I must warn you about: Mirrors. Do not put any bird toys containing mirrors! It will make your parakeet attach themselves to the bird in the mirror, and not to you. Also, in some cases, it makes them crazy.
But best of all when you are taking care of a parakeet you can teach them words. That's right, they're a species of bird that have the capability to copy sounds, words, etc. I've already taught my little parakeet to say the word "chirp", and "kiwi".
I hope it all goes well with you, Griffy! Can't wait to hear your experiences with your new pet, and I hope I helped!
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Blindseer95 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
They are simple- You may clip their wings or leave them un clipped, but spend lots of time around the cage and talking to them actively and letting them take treats from you and sniffing your hands before you try opening the cage for anything but replacing food and water and sand for about a week and a half. Cover their cage at a designated 'bed time'. They don't need much, just attention and mild maintenance. In the summer they like being taken out once a week and set somewhere to have the cage hosed down (some like being showered themselves!!) they're really fun.
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Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
TEACH IT HOW TO SPEAK
I know nothing about birds.
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Orceh Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I don't have a parakeet, I have a cockatoo. But I work for a parrot rescue, so I can tell you about parrots in general (and a few parakeet things I know).

You can tell the gender of your budgie by it's ceres (the skin above it's beak where it's nostrils are). In general, blue = boy, pink=girl!

Be sure to feed it some fresh fruits and veggies (you won't need too much because it's just a budgie) in the morning for breakfast, and for supper. c: They'll also need a basic parakeet diet. Parakeets eat mostly seeds, so if you want to try growing some sprouts, they'll probably like that.

You can feed them pretty much anything, but oatmeal & eggs are an easy favorite (at least for my cockatoo)! You CANNOT feed them avocados & chocolate, as they cannot digest it and since budgies are small, they'll probably not stand a chance and die. Onions are on the line, since a lot of people say it can be bad, but there isn't really any solid evidence to support it. But when there is so many choices, why take the chance?

TEFLON PANS are dangerous to birds. The adhesive used to stick non-stick to the pan can emit a carcinogen that is a nerve toxin when heated, and will kill your bird. So for the safety of yer parakeet, I suggest switching to stainless or cast iron, or anything not non-stick.

I know larger birds can be trained for flight (regardless of what people will say as I've seen it), but I'm not sure about budgies. You should do more research, as I believe a flighted, trained bird is a happier bird- much like if you train your dog with commands so it is less likely to run away. A good flier does not, if rarely, crash into things. If you don't want to teach your bird to fly, or don't have time, you'll have to clip its wings. Clip the first 8-10 from the outside in. Those are the primaries and are used for lift. NEVER clip the inside ones, or only one side! The inside ones are the secondary feathers and are used for landing, and clipping only one side makes them unstable and they will just crash (like an airplane without one wing). Not being able to land is dangerous to your bird, and can hurt them. A budgie lost outside will die, if not from starvation, loneliness, or the weather- from native wildlife for sure. They don't like foreign animals.

You do NOT need to purchase another parakeet to keep him/her happy. Parrots are very social, and live in large flocks, but they usually have one mate/best friend and they stick with them for life. If you buy another parakeet and keep them together, there is a chance your parakeets may reject you and not want you to handle them. You only need another parakeet if you do not have the time to handle them every day, or if you just want something to look at (in which case, I would suggest some fish. But I assume you are a good pet owner and are looking to spend time with your parakeet c: ).

They need sunlight every day to keep their bones and mind strong. They'll need the UV, so putting them near a window will just make them warm, as most modern windows have a UV protective layer to block it out.

Taking your bird out for walks helps strengthen the bond between you and your parakeet. It also makes them more social, and more well-mannered (and they get the UV!). I take my cockatoo out to Starbucks and sit outside for a couple of hours. People like to pet him and hold him, so it keeps him tame and handleable by strangers. (and that he's gorgeous, so I look pimp'n.)

You do not need to cover your bird, unless it is loud at night. Parakeets are usually pretty good at shutting up when it's dark, and even if they are noisy, most birds generally quiet down after they realize it's time for bed and nobody is going to give them attention anymore (kind of like kids).

Since you have a small bird, getting a big, affordable cage will be easy! Get the biggest cage you can get, so your parakeet will have lots of room (because why not?). Level the perches in its cage so it can climb around all over the place, and be sure to put toys in there. You don't need a whole bunch of toys, but you will need at least three different types: foraging toys, shredding toys, and preening toys. You can make these easily, or you can go buy them. Make sure it's size appropriate for your bird, so like... pony beads, shoelaces, yarn, bells, mirrors, and cuddly fuzzies are easy to obtain.

Do not put your parakeets cage near a door, window, or in an area of the house not frequented often. Sometimes, putting birds near a door where things come in and out can stress them out- same with the window as they can see possible predators like neighborhood cats or anything else that may seem scary to them. Since parrots are social, being alone makes them unhappy, and unhappy parrots show aggressive behavior, are more noisy, and can mutilate themselves by plucking off their feathers or even chewing wounds into their skin. Smaller parrots tend to get along alone for longer periods of time then larger parrots do, but if there are people in your house all the time, your parakeet won't be lonely! Giving it things to keep itself occupied also keeps it busy. Radio music helps as well.

And... that's my long list of things. Most of it is general parrot stuff, so it should apply to your parakeet as well (and anybody else who has/thinking about getting a parrot too).
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UncreativeUsername7 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Oh! I love parakeets. I had one when I was little, they're not hard to take care of at all. They can be pretty noisy sometimes, but I never minded it. Mine loved to perch on my hand and have its feathers stroked. It may take a while to get used to you, but if you spend the time to let it get to know you I'm sure it will be a wonderful pet. They can get scared easily though.
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UncreativeUsername7 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Oh! I love parakeets. I had one when I was little, they're not hard to take care of at all. They can be pretty noisy sometimes, but I never minded it. Mine loved to perch on my hand and have its feathers stroked. It may take a while to get used to you, but if you spend the time to let it get to know you I'm sure it will be a wonderful pet. They can get scared easily though.
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
I'd like to submit this to my animal group if you'd allow. I can't help other then that so good luck!
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Sure ^^
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Okay. :D
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Kara-Kiwi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Also have you seen these [link] [link] I love birds they are so adorable and incredibly smart, your gonna love yours!
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
xD OH god yes! they are so adorable I want to squeek
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Kara-Kiwi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Kara-Kiwi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would suggest harrisons fine bird food. I went through every bird food and this is deffinatly the best and most healthy. All the other bird foods mine only picked out their favorite colors or seeds and wasted the rest, i do occasionally buy a big bag of seeds and put it in a separate bowl for them to forage in wich is good for them too!
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
:D allright ill try look for that
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Clockwork-Condor Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Oh, and I don't know if anybody's mentioned it, but vinegar and water is excellent for cleaning the cage, and it's safe.
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Clockwork-Condor Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Most people seem to have addressed the basics, so I'll give you a couple tips I learned from mine.
[link] (beware there is sound for this one -> [link] )

Princess here adores string, yarn, hair, anything she can fray or build a nest out of; we got her from a pet store, so she's pretty timid, but if she gets in your hair, she'll never leave. Males are more likely to talk then females, and if you want them to talk, you have to spend a lot of time talking to them, like with any other parrot. She loves millet and those honey treats you see in stores; [link] but she is pretty flighty, and once she flew behind the stove and nearly gave me a heart attack, especially since we have three dogs. With her wings clipped, it's easier to control her when she gets scared, because she can hurt herself with the way she panics.
She loves grapes, lettuce, french fries and oatmeal. Birds can eat pretty much anything you can, minus a few foods like avocado and the dreaded chocolate that most pets have an intolerance for. A rule of thumb I was taught by was, whatever you eat, let them try. My parents used to do that when they bred birds and they would often steal bites of sandwiches and soup when they weren't looking!
She's 8 now, and not as skittish as before; so long as you spend lots of time with your keet, you should have no problem getting them friendly and bringing out their personalities. Affection is key to any pet.
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
;U; aw she is so cute


thanks ^^
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UneUne Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Ive owned 10 parakeets and one thing you must know before its too late is that as soon as you take the bird out the cage it will poop. every time i take one out they gotta poop. give it like 5 seconds in ur hand and it will crap. alot you gotta clip the feathers i cut the first 7 so they cant fly away hurt there selves or get lost. cutting there nails is hard you need to hold them in a wash cloth to do that. if you put a blanket over the cage they usually calm down and fall asleep
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TwitchyTail Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
bugies like all birds will poop a ton to keep tissues and purell on hand. when you first get em you should leave them be for a while so they can get use to it because moving is a HUGE thing for the birds and they get really stressed out. Play some nice music for them some times classical or calming music is good to help calm them to. Try not to put them near a wall on the outside of your house if possible because of the drafts. Then don't feed them just seeds make sure you give them some veggies or fruits or the pellets to when you can. I love birdies :la:
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Mystery-Hyacinth Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If it's a young budgie you might be able to handle it, but unless it's hand-raised it won't be a 'loveable companion' like most hand raised birds are. Budgies are very small, but they can pack a punch! He'd still be able to draw blood easily. Very fine bird seed is necessary, and limit any kinds of sunflower and safflower seeds as they're high in fat and can give them fatty liver disease easily. Offer him all kinds of fruit and veg, cut up into pieces, the smaller the better!

If he has a blue nose, it's a male, if it's purple/pink, it's a girl. But budgies "change sex" a bit until they reach maturity, so you won't know until it's about a year old. Be sure to teach it tunes or words because they pick it up easily! :D
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Kawaii-Hebi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
budgies are awesome! are you going to teach it to talk?
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
^^ if it ends up talking thats cool, if not thats fine aswell :D I talk sing a lot so it would be fun if it joined in haha xD
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Kawaii-Hebi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
my friend's budgie can talk, he says it takes a little while for them to learn but it sounds really cool when they can talk :D
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Karvan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I used to own two green amazon parrots before, and they squeak! So I'll advice you to put a blanket over its cage when you're going to bed! Switch its water at least one time a day, and give it a flight to get known with the place.
If you want it to get known with your hand and being able to sit on it, just keep it inside the cage, do not make any quick moves. This might take a wek or two, but as longer you keep your hand in the cage, the bird will get used to it!
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Forsaken-Cipher Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
give the parakeet lots of attention and flyspace. Mine loved the flyspace. Eventually parakeets coup up in frustration
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madrigles Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Make sure to give your little budgerigar lots of love and attention.
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Holly--Jolly Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I owned my Gir till he died a couple years later from a tumor. They're not exactly hard to take care of, just tasking.

You need to change the bedding of their cage at least once a week (or when it needs it as I had to do mine twice a week cause my baby like to make a mess with his food). It helps to get a cage with a pull out bottom for this. That way you can just take out the bottom tray, clean it out and put a new thing of newspaper or whatever in there. Also make sure that your little guy/gal gets some sun. They're not lizards but I'd put him by my back door where the sun came in so the cage would be nice and warm. That's really important if you put the cage somewhere where it gets cold easily. Baths aren't hard at all! A lot of them will let you stick them in a shallow thing of water like in the sink though mine was afraid of the sink so just a spray bottle mist is fine too. Also, when you clip their nails, you need to make sure you don't cut too close to the vein. You can sorta see it so cut not too close or they'll bleed; my baby was not a happy birdy when that happened. Same with wings, you got to be careful or you might hurt them.

Wow I typed a lot.

P.S.-- Let him/her ride on your shoulder time to time or just hang out with you in an enclosed area. I'd walk around the house with my baby on my shoulder cause he'd love that. That and I'd let him walk around my room while I did homework (just....didn't let him near my homework cause he ate the top of the paper ;;).
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Tychea Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
birds are ass holes. cute ass holes.
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Lokibuns Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have had several of them from one-on-one and just breeding them.

They are absaloutely adorable. But hers some stuff I can tell you.

If They've been hand tamed from a baby they just need continual human contact to keep them tame. Make sure you know its personality as that helps a lot with how you should approach it.

If its an untamed baby it should be easy to tame, but if its an untamed adult you'll need to put a lot of work into it for it to be tamed, as Adult birds are a lot harder to train, not being reared and all.

I had a Budgie named Jara for the longest time from his teenhood to death, he is probably my best experiance bird. He Never was tame and spent times both alone and with other birds.

Another thing. If a bird loves you they won't want to escape. Make sure you are the only one to feed if if you want it to get to that state though.

I could dotpoint.

-be around it a lot,
-be its only feeder
-Be gentle but persistant.
-Make sure you know its personality.

But you've had other birds haven't you?
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
thanks ^^

this will be my first bird, I did some bird watching when younger, but Ive never owned one xD
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Lokibuns Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ah okay then :D I can tell you more general bird stuff if you want, as I've had over 100 birds as pets. But you must be full of information now :D
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
:D yes that would be great!
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Lokibuns Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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okay! Budgies can learn up to 300 words/sounds :D and they can be very talkative at times.
At night cover the cage with an old sheet or blanket so they feel safe, if its an aviary you have don't worry about it. Make sure if its a cage its away from a cat's reach, otherwise your bird may not have a long life expectancy.

Normal Budgies also live up to 8 years at a complete maximum. Some species I know are able to live more... I think. as far as I am aware, there are two main species of budgies, the buff-headed (as I like to call them) and normal ones. the buff-headed ones are larger than the common ones and can be a little quieter.

Budgies generally just eat seeds and cuttlefish, but they can take a liking towards certain fruits.
they also become accustomed to their name like a cat or dog and know when you are talking to them.

erm.... any questions? XD
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
If I have any ill let you know ^^
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eritnger1000 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My family raises all sorts of birds and animals. The first thing is that Parakeets are an attached-to-one-person type bird. If you want this bird to be yours I would not suggest a Mirror in it's cage (it will love itself and want to stay in it's cage) and I would not suggest a buddy, they will get attached. I don't know if he is a shoulder bird, but if he isn't you can easily train him to be one. First I'd get his wings clipped at a pet store (they can probably teach you if you ask) then you just take him out and keep him on your finger, if he hops off, try again, soon he'll learn to stay. Parakeets are fast learners. Now for feeding, I give my parakeets just normal parakeet seed from my local pet store, sometimes I will guy some millet sticks (Pretty much bird seed still on the vine) and stick one of those in there, but for one tiny parakeet i'd put in a half of one. I'd change his water every few days or whenever it looks really bad. I would also get your bird some chew toys (all my parakeets LOVED swings and small dangley bell type toys, but that just depends on the bird) and a cuttle bone. For cage maintenance, I would clean it out once every few weeks. One tiny bird wont make that much of a mess....
I think that's all I have.... If you need any help, just ask :>
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AliyaBloodHeart Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Firstly congrats ^^
I had a few budgies when i was a kid... my parents use to breed them, and we had the most success with taming our males (not the breeders though).... only disturbing thing is they do...well unmentionable things to round objects XD... and they 'feed' anything that is shiny... we also found that if you give them a mirror or a round hanging object they will pay more attention to them, than they will to their owner... so if its a male and you want him to stay tame and all then yeah avoid those sort of things :)
THE MOST IMPORTANT thing however (i learnt the hard way) Budgies need food all the time, you have to make sure you feed them every single day, they dont last even 12 hours with out food :(.. my parents kept telling me that, and when i was feeding my blue boy budgie he still had lots of seed in the bottom of his feed dish... so i blew off the empty husks and thought he had enough.. he sadly died on me.... so yes make sure you fill that feed bowl up each day... oh and not too much greens like ice burg lettuce that will of course cause the runnies DX
Good luck!!
Budgies make great pets :D
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Lilgreenhorn Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They are very social creatures, but if you plan on getting more than one, be careful about putting two budgies together. Monitor their interactions carefully. I learned the hard way, having a very aggressive female nearly maul a new, younger male. So much for company! I needed to get a separate cage to house the other bird... OTL
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assassinating101 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
oh and do not feed them avocados! avocados are very poisonous! they can eat most human food but if youre not sure check online ^-^ i have owned 5 parrots :>
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DontHappyBeCry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I used to have 2 parakeets, but I had to give it away because I was moving. Parakeets in general are calm birds, they get along with each other as well (male/male, female/felmale etc..) It would be a good idea to clip there wings if you plan to bring them out of the cage. (if they're not already clipped.) Sometimes they chirp and sing, I just put like a sheet or something on there cage to shut them up, lol. Yeah, I don't remember that much about them because my mom would take care of them. I hope I helped a little. xD
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