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post #1 of 8 Old 05-10-2011, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Any parakeet owners out there?

After researching, setting up the cage, and going to four different pet stores, we bought our first parakeet..... my daughter has wanted one forever, so she saved, did chores, got good grades and earned this little guy.

She and I have been reading and learning about them..... any tips from a more experienced bird owner? What are some other K,B, and T words we can teach him? When he is ready, we will be finger/hand training him. No hurries though.

He is a little pale blue with white wings and the juvenile stripes on his forehead- blue nose band.

So far, he is just perched in one corner of his cage. We move slow and talk to him and are singing twinkle twinkle little star whenever we are in his area.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-12-2011, 02:24 PM
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I love parakeets, they are so awesome. I had 4 so far and they just died of old age and my cats scaring the crap out of them.

I taught my bird how to whistle, say hello, say goodbye, I love you. It takes a lot of time and patience. Parakeets normally don't talk but, they are really smart and love to learn. I used to also get my parakeets wings clipped and opened up the cage door and my guys used to sit ontop of their cage. They loved it and I hand trained them like that.

There are so many cool things you can teach them. I also taught my bird how to dance, it was so funny. You also have to be very repetative with parakeets but, yes there are a lot of words you can teach them.

Have fun :)
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My grandma has always had some (literally for as long as I can remember) however they've always been their to look at and listen to so they've never had a tame one.
My bf and I both have Cocktiels, though. Rotten little things lol. They're a little more people-orientated than parakeets but on the down side tend to be alot grumpier. I've heard they are alot alike as to what they can learn. I've taught mine to wolf-whistle, say "hello", "Whatcha doing?" as well as whistle happy birthday lol.
A good method I found is to look videos up on youtube of cockatiels or parakeets singing and play them over and over again to your bird. Males tend to be better learners/more willing to learn than females, but it's not a rule.

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I am excited to teach him stuff.... Berry, as he was named, escaped twice last night and my cats were right there, ready to snatch him up- I caught him. He is chirping little bits- not the constant chatter that I expected. He chirps once or twice if a song is on he likes (been watching Glee Season 1). He still stares at my hand like I am holy terror, but he does not fly away from it and he did let me touch his belly through his cage bars. I love owning a bird- far different than anyother pet I have had.

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Yup, they are lol. Once he gets used to his surroundings and his people he'll probably get more talkative. My bird was pretty quiet when we brought him home, for the first several weeks actually. It was really neat & fun when he eventually started chattering and then singing. Now it would be nice if he'd shut up every once & awhile! Lol

As for cats, I have 3 and thankfully they all seem rather good with the bird. They hunt plenty outside & will kill wild birds but have never tried anything with Lemon. I can even leave him on the scratch post with them & they don't bother him. The kitten (she's 7 months) is still overly curious so we're teaching her her boundaries with a spray bottle ;)

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We have a rabbit that the cats have been trained "off" of- and in fact the rabbit is in love with one of the cats...... so I am hoping to be able to do the same with Berry (like Blue Berry). He is sitting over there chirping a bit right now.

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Is he a handfed baby? I suggest starting on finger training right away. I had a non hand fed cockatiel that I raised fomr a baby and he was a terror when I first got him but gloves and persistense made him the best pet I ever owned. We were together for 11 years. I miss him so much :( I've had budgies before as well.
My suggestions
Keep his cage away from drafty areas, and heaters.
Feed a pelleted food instead of seeds if he'll eat it, if not keep the seeds but try to introduce him to fruits and veggies.
Don't put mirrors inside the cage.
If you can get him a friend
Goodluck with your new companion!
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I had a parakeet for a short time. I found him outside, where he was panicked and looking for a human to bond to. Must have been lost by someone, but we never found the owner.
He was extremely friendly and I wish he had survived longer but my ignorance killed him. How? I allowed him to nibble at my pencil while I was doing my homework, and the graphite that he accidently consumed poisoned him.
Also, be aware and careful about this:

Don't use teflon pans for coolking if the bird is in the same room. The fumes if the pan burns even a tiny bit are toxic, and birds are vERY sensitive to toxic fumes.
Just a heads up on that.

Love the bird. They are just deligthtful creeatures
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