Parakeets are very social birds and prefer to be kept in pairs. The genders in a pair can be mixed. If you do not want to breed your birds, it is suggested to keep them in groups of the same gender.
The parakeet is also known as a budgerigar or budgie, originate from the grasslands and of central and southern Australia.
This is the most popular pet bird in the world. This bird is quite friendly and enjoys socializing with other birds, as well as human friends. He also likes to move around his cage freely and will appreciate toys and mirrors spread throughout his home.
Your parakeet has an average life span of 10 to 20 years
They like to be handled for at least half an hour a day. Smart and easily trained, parakeets can be taught basic commands such as “step up” on to your hand and “step down” when putting them back into their cage
With his raspy voice, Your parakeet can sometimes learn to speak. The parakeet is also called a budgie (same bird, different name)
Parakeets in the wild enjoy a range of foods, Such as standard birdseed and pellet blends are the mainstay of their diet, but your parakeet also enjoys veggies and sprouted seeds. Try a little appropriate fruit once a week for a special treat. And don’t forget fresh, clean water every day
Pelleted Food/pellet seed blend - Refresh daily with the bowl always 3/4 full = 75 percent of the diet
Vegetables - Dark leafy greens fed every other day = 20 percent of the diet
Fruits - apple, bananas, melons once a week = 5 percent of the diet
Treats - honey sticks or millet spray once monthly
Water - Change daily and provide at all times
How do I set up my parakeet’s home
For parakeets, the length of the cage is more important than the height. Ideally, cages should be about (minimum 16x14x18") wide. Perches are a necessary addition to any parakeet cage. Remember to use perches that are the correct size for your parakeet’s feet. If they are too large, the bird will not be able to easily grip the perch and could be injured. Providing a variety of shapes and textures of perches will help exercise a parakeet’s feet. The placement of perches is also important. Try to strategically place them so droppings do not contaminate the food or water, and to keep the tail from hanging in the water dish. Toys such as climbing ladders, ropes, and bells can help keep your parakeet entertained.
How can I keep my parakeet healthy?
Wings and nails can be trimmed to ease the taming process. Many veterinary clinics offer this service. Clipping wings and nails should only be attempted after proper instruction provided by your vet. Parakeets, being a smaller bird, have only a small amount of blood in their bodies and can easily bleed to death if a feather or nail is trimmed too close to a vein.