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Budgerigars as Pets
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Budgie Parakeets as Pet Birds
Parakeets are commonly called budgerigars or budgies in
most parts of the world. They are noted for their ability
to talk, but because of their small voice level, it's often difficult
to hear them.
Parakeets love to be stroked and held and want to interact with
their human companions as much as possible. They require at
least 30 minutes or more of daily interaction.
Parakeets are a fairly smart bird and can be taught
Their friendly, loving personalities make parakeets the most
popular pet bird.
Facts about Pet Parakeets
A Parakeet's lifespan is approximately 15-25 years
They are about 7" in length
Budgerigars originate from Australia
Breeders have developed more than 50 color blends from
the original green and yellow.
Two varieties of parakeets are available: the English
and the American English, which are larger and calmer.
Parakeets much prefer a companion than to live as a single pet.
Minimum cage size is 14"W x 16"L x 16"H
Perches of different widths, diameters and textures to help
keep her feet healthy.
Put a parakeet's cage away from drafts, open windows and the
kitchen. Parakeets are sensitive to smoke and strong odors.
Cover the cage at night to prevent drafts.
Parakeets enjoy a couple of toys to play with.
Parakeets are good mimickers
What to Feed Pet Parakeets
Pet Parakeets need 1-2 teaspoons per day of a pellet or seed-based,
fortified parakeet diet.
About 5-10% of a parakeet's diet should be bite-sized fruits and
veggies like apples, grapes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach,
mustard greens and shredded carrots. Offer daily or every 2-3
Keep a cuttle bone in your parakeet's cage at all times.
Parakeets should always have access to clean, fresh water in a
bowl. Don't use tap water. We recommend Steam Distilled water
for it's purity.
Signs a Pet Parakeet is Healthy
Clear, bright eyes
Clean, smooth feathers
Eats throughout the day
Normal droppings that are not runny for more than a couple of days
Signs a Pet Parakeet may be getting sick
Change in droppings in excess of two days
Decreased appetite; weight loss
Decreased activity and grooming behavior
Discharge from nose or mouth; sneezing
Feathers fluffed for prolonged periods of time
Sitting at the bottom of cage
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