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    How to Raise Parakeets

    ArticleParrot AdviceWednesday 06 July 2011
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    Parakeets for sale are the world’s most bought bird and its no surprise. These small parrots are easily tamed as well as being beautiful and sociable. You can even teach some parakeets to talk like parrots. Try to get a hand-raised parakeet for easier training if possible, but raising any type of parakeet is rewarding.


    Buy bird accessories for your parakeet, first and foremost a cage. You will need to completely disinfect all accessories and especially the cage before you move your parakeet in. Line the cage with paper towels but not magazines as the ink can be poisonous to some birds.

    Give your parakeet time to get comfortable once you bring it home. Ease the transition by placing the cage in a quiet spot in your home, however ensuring that the bird can see everything that goes on. Raising your parakeet means helping your bird adjust to your environment and schedule.

    Feed your parakeet an appropriate diet. Feeding a healthy diet ensures that your parakeet will live a long life. Proper diet for a parakeet should include pellets, seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables – but fruits should only form about 10-20% of your parakeets diet or else they can start to reject less tasty, but no less crucial foods such as seeds and pellets.

    Provide your parakeet with toys and other stimulation. Look for toys with knots as parakeets love to work on them. Parakeets also enjoy swings. Give the bird lots of attention and stimulation, especially if you are raising only one parakeet. Talk to your bird often, especially if you would like it to learn to talk. Even if you are in another room, call out to the bird every so often so that it knows that you are around. If you do not socialise with your bird and it becomes bird it could quite easily become depressed and start plucking its feathers, as well as screaming.  

    Exercise your parakeet daily. Your parakeet will need time out of its cage daily, even if you have its wings clipped. Provide a perch outside the cage as a "home base" for your parakeet when it is out of its cage. Try to have your parakeet spend at least two hours a day outside of the cage.

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