Categories | Bird Breeders | Parakeet Breeders
If you are after a pet that is short in stature but a giant in personality, a parakeet may be absolutely ideal. Here’s what you need to know.
About the Parakeet
The parakeet is a member of the parrot family and the word parakeet means long tail. The parakeet is a small to medium sized parrot that has long, tapered tail feathers. Types of parakeets include the well known and much loved Budgerigar, the Indian Ringneck, the Princess Parakeet, the Rosella, and the Cockatiel. The parakeet is well known for its beautifully coloured plumage, and their elegant look. Parakeet colours include greens, yellows, oranges, reds, blues, and more.
Because the parakeet is naturally a flock bird, they are very sociable, both with each other and with people. The parakeet is an attention seeker and loves to spend time with its human companion, making it a wonderful pet. The parakeet is also highly trainable, so you can teach them to do tricks, or even to talk. Many parakeets are excellent at mimicry.
Caring for a Parakeet
As the parakeet is a type of parrot, they love to chew. Therefore it is essential that the cage is made from strong materials that will resist the parakeet’s beak. As well, you should provide plenty of untreated timber or natural branches and a cuttlefish for your parakeet to chew on. Your parakeet will also greatly appreciate having a number of different toys to chew on and play with. The cage or aviary should also be an appropriate size. At a minimum, the bird should be able spread its wings and move around. If it cannot fly around in the cage, you will need to let your parakeet out regularly to spread its wings and exercise. Letting your parakeet out will also give it much needed human interaction.
To feed your parakeet, you will need a good quality seed mix, formulated for small parrots, parakeets or for your particular species. You will then need to supplement this mix with fresh fruits and vegetables, leafy greens (not lettuce), millet sprays, mealworms (for some parakeets), and even commercial pellets. As well, you will need to give your parakeet fresh water every day, both to drink and to bath in, if your parakeet likes to have a good bath.
Your parakeet’s food and water dishes should be cleaned daily, perches and toys should be cleaned weekly, as should the base of the cage/aviary, and a full cleaning and disinfecting should be done yearly.
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