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Parakeets Make Great Pets

By Cathy Doggins

Budgies or Parakeets are the most common type of domesticated bird. They can be found in pet stores internationally. They are easy to take care of and are full of vitality and spirit. Budgies are social creatures that like to play with toys, chat and engage with their owners and as social animals, other birds. In reality, it is estimated that there are more than 5,000,000 birds found in natural settings in nations such as Japan, Brazil, Florida and Columbia.

When adopting a parakeet or budgie look for a young bird. Look for indications such as black eyes, and stripes just behind the bare skin around the birds nostrils. In older birds, the stripes lead from the eyes across the head and the eyes are white. Parakeets consistently chat and can talk if taught when young. ‘

The birds can be found in various shades. Parakeets are well known for having a green body and a face that is yellow. Other coloring includes black edged feathers and a blue spot on the cheek. The top of the budgies beak is brown. The birds are good at grooming theselves. Breeders have mixed parakeets to create a rainbow of colors. This includes colors such as yellow, blue, white, gray and spots of lighter colours. The most healthy parakeets are green.

Younger birds can be trained. The wings of young birds can be clipped for easier handling and to avoid injury if the bird falls out of your hands. Birds are first taught how to leap on a finger. Say a command that the bird will associate with the stepping action. Once the bird makes the association, she or he will step on a finger each time the parakeet recognizes the word. Training sessions should happen each day until the response becomes second nature.

Introduce your budgie to an array of foods when young. This will make a familiarity with foods that will be used across the birds life. Parakeets eat a mix of seeds. The primary seed is white millet. To make sure that the bird stays in good health, this may be mixed with fortified seeds. The diet should also be comprised of dark green plants, and fruit slices like apple or grapes. If an owner intends to breed a bird, or when the bird is young, also include an boiled egg or supplement. Rather than vitamin enriched food, an owner can feed the parakeet a liquid supplement in a water bottle.

These steps and a clean hygienic bird cage will result in a lasting relationship between you and your parakeet.

Cathy Doggins is the publisher of many featured articles on pet care and pet well being. Also she is the publisher of many parakeet and bird websites. When not writing about pets, Cathy can be discovered playing with her cats, dogs, and naturally parakeets. Also she is a volunteer at her local pet shelter and is a typical speaker on pet care issues.

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