Pet parakeets are some of the cutest pets you can own. They are very friendly and loyal after they get used to you for a while. Pet parakeets are easy to take care of and can live up to 10 years. They offer endless entertainment and are extremely playful pets. If you have decided on buying a pet parakeet for your family, follow these steps to take care of your bird and create a happy, healthy environment for its life.
Purchase your pet parakeet from a pet store. Review many different colors and decide on the colors you want at the store and whether you want a boy or a girl. Boys usually have some blue color on the tops of their beaks. Females have pink.
Buy a large parakeet cage. Do not substitute a smaller canary cage which is taller than it is wide. Parakeets are extremely active birds that need a lot of room to jump from branch to branch and half fly around within their cages. If you constrict a pet parakeet in a small cage he or she will not be able to use their leg and wing muscles properly every day. This will lead to muscle atrophy and the birds will not stay healthy and happy.
Install branches and ledges inside the cage at different height levels within the cage. This is important so the pet parakeet can have some variety in moving around the cage. Also make sure some of the branches are of different widths and diameters. This will stretch the feet of the parakeet so that their claws are not locked in one position all the time.
Get a few different types of toys for the cage as well as a mirror or two. Some popular toys for pet parakeets are multicolored rings and bells. The birds like to chew on and throw around the rings. They also like to hit the bell with their beaks to make noise. Pet parakeets love to play with their mirrors. They usually dance around in front of the mirror and hit the mirror with their beaks. They think that the reflection of themselves in the mirror is actually another bird that they play with.
Fill and change your pet parakeet’s water cup every day. Fresh clean water is necessary to keep your bird healthy.
Keep the parakeet’s feeder full all the time with fresh parakeet seeds. You can buy these at your local pet food store or supermarket. There are different brands but in general most come with 90% seeds and maybe some dried fruit chunks. In addition to seeds you should occasionally feed your parakeet some fruit. They love to eat apple and other fruits. Experiment to see what he or she likes. Parakeets also like to nibble on bread. You will find that they are not too fussy with food, but seeds are the best as their beaks are made to crack apart the seeds.
Change the bottom paper towel liner of the birdcage very often. Several times a week is best. When your pet parakeet goes to the bathroom you do not want it to breathe in the vapors often or it will get sick.
Play with your parakeet often and show him or her affection. Parakeets miss their owners when they are away at work or school and the parakeet is by itself all day long. You can confirm this when if you come home from work and are the first person the bird sees he or she will start chirping loudly. That means they are excited that someone is back home.
Put a small baby blanket over your pet parakeet’s cage at night. This will darken the light in the room and let him or her go to sleep. Remember birds wake up super early in the morning in fact at the crack of dawn and like to go to bed close to when natural sunlight dims just as they would in the wild.
Young untamed pet parakeets bite very strongly with their beaks. They can really hurt your fingers. It takes a good 6 months to 2 years of taming the bird in the cage before its bites decrease in their strength. As the bird domesticates it will lose its aggression and bite strength.
Do not buy two males or two female parakeets for the same page. They will most likely fight each other at some point.