Monday, August 6th, 2012

Making a Parakeet Paradise – Caring for Your Pet Parakeets

Parakeet is a name given to a wide variety of species of parrot typically smaller in size.  The term also applies to Australian rosellas and even budgerigars of “budgies.” They are an extremely popular pet as they are small in size, are on the whole friendly and of course, have bright coloured plumage. If you want to keep parakeets however, there a number of factors you should consider.

Housing your parakeet

It goes without saying that you should get the largest cage you can afford. Parakeets are active animals, flying from perch to perch and as such your cage should be big enough to accommodate comfortable movement. You will also want to have enough space for toys, food and water dishes. If you are interested in a cage for your parakeet, we have a wide range of bird cages ideal for small birds.

Feeding you parakeet

Parakeets will eat a wide range of grains and seeds, many of which are available from Seapets. Remember that parakeets will frequently ‘shell’ their seeds, leaving the husks behind so even when it looks like your birds may have plenty of food; it is always worth checking whether fresh seed is available. As well as bird seed there are also specialist foods for breeding and rearing.

Entertaining you parakeet

The last thing you want is a bored parakeet which is why treats and toys should definitely be used. Toys can range from swinging balls to ladders and of course the ubiquitous mirror and if you are looking for treats, there are a full range of budgie treats here, ranging from seed bells, hone bars and fruity sticks.  You may also want to consider fresh fruit and vegetables as the occasional treat, try experimenting with broccoli, shredded carrots, peas, slices of apples and pears to see what they like the most.

Cuttlebone

It is the mainstay of many a budgie cage but cuttlebone is always a worthwhile purchase for your pet birds. Cuttlebone has one side soft and one side hard. By chewing the soft side of the cuttlebone your parakeet increases intake of calcium and iodine, essential to build strong bones and prevent goiter.

Spotting whether your parakeet is ill

No matter how hard you try your parakeet may become ill at some point in its life. There are however some important signs to look out for to spot any illnesses.

  • Wet droppings can be caused by a bacterial infection although equally by stress and change in diet.
  • Sneezing and laboured breathing can indicate a respiratory infection or even a common cold. If this occurs, make sure the area you are keeping your pet is clean and away from drafts.
  • Being ‘puffed out’ (when the bird puffs its feathers out) shows that your bird is cold. To remedy this move the bird cage to someone warmer.
  • Sunken eyes can be sign of dehydration.
  • Scaly face mites manifest themselves as growths on the feet, nostrils or beak. There are over the counter treatments available for this.
  • A clicking that occurs as your bird breathes can be a sign of iodine deficiency; cuttlebone can be a good remedy for this.

Naturally if your bird is suffering with a serious medical complaint then your best advice is to visit the vet. However for a wide range of mild maladies, you can obtain bird treatments relatively easily.

Whether you are first time keeper of parakeets or highly experienced Seapets is the ideal place to find a wide range of bird cages and accessories, we also have a fantastic range of birds in store, including budgies, parrots and rosellas.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=223301952 Vikki Baker

    A good little introductory guide. I think the most important thing before deciding to buy a parakeet is to do a lot of research and make sure you can offer it a good quality of life. Pick a bird that will fit in to your lifestyle, as some birds like Conures, for example, require a lot of attention and time to keep them happy.