Parakeets

There are lots of different varieties of parakeet. A parakeet is a North American term for any one of a large number of unrelated small to medium sized parrot species that generally have long-tail feathers.
Parakeets are intelligent, good natured and fascinating birds. With the right attention and time spent with them, they can learn to talk, making them enormously entertaining pets. Read on for more interesting advice on keeping a parakeet.

Housing

A large cage is required, something suitable for a cockatiel or small parrot make good homes for pet parakeets. Buy the biggest cage you can afford - something that allows the bird plenty of room to stretch its wings. It is worth remembering that if you require keeping this bird in an outdoor aviary it can be prone to frostbite, so some form of heating will be required.

As with most of the parrot family, a selection of toys will be required to keep the bird happy and stimulated. Change the toys every couple of weeks to prevent your birds getting bored.

Feeding

A good quality parrot food, cereals, fruit and green food are required. If you feed your parakeets a varied diet you should have no need to worry about vitamin and mineral deficiencies, but extra of these may be required when the bird is moulting, laying or rearing young. You can provide these in powdered of liquid form, but keeping a mineral block and cuttlefish constantly in your birds cage is generally a good idea. Also provide either bird sand or gravel in a spare pot as these also contain important minerals. Change food each morning adding any fresh food. Remove any uneaten fresh food in the afternoon. Plenty of clean fresh water should constantly be available (more frequently in warm weather) and changed twice daily. Never feed any parrots chocolate, avocado, coffee, alcohol, or salt. These are poison to a parrot or parakeet.

Offer treats like millet sprigs or "sprays" which are a favorite treat for parakeets. Just remember not to feed them too much of it (about 1/2" per day), as it is fattening like junk food.

General

The average life span of a ring neck is approximately 15 years. The male of the species will develop the characteristic black and white ring round the neck, but this doesn’t start to appear till the bird is about 18months old. The female does not have the ring. The average bird reaches a length of about 16”. They are fairly easy to tame and they can with patience also be taught to talk. When your bird has become tame with lots of patience and sympathetic handling it can be allowed out of its cage under supervision. But remember - your parakeet is a bird. And birds fly out of windows. So always ensure that you keep doors and windows shut.

Oh, and remember to talk to your parakeet. Parakeets are very social and on their own can get a little lonely. So having a chat with them is often a good way to get them happy again. Even playing them music (on a soothing volume) is good for them.

Tip:
Never allow your bird to see out a window. It could fly into it and injure itself.

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