Table Of Contents
- Types of Parakeets
- Where To Get A Parakeet?
- Housing Your Parakeet
- "Taming" Your Parakkeet
- FAQs About Parakeets
- We Thought You Might Want To Know This About Parakeets… 😊
Types of ParakeetsParakeets are a type of parrot that range in size and color, and they are known for their high levels of activity. The budgerigar, sometimes known as a “budgie,” is the species that is kept the most frequently and can have either a green or blue coloring. Other types of parakeets include the Monk parakeet, the Alexandrine parakeet, and the Ring-necked parakeet.
The different varieties range in size, with the Alexanderine being the largest and the Monk being the smallest. Some of them have more vivid coloring than others. For instance, the Ring-necked Pheasant often has an orange head with yellow body feathers, whereas Budgies will typically have a bright green body with black markings on its wings.
Where To Get A Parakeet?Pet shops sell parakeets, and groups that rescue birds also sometimes have them available for adoption. If you choose to buy one from a pet store, take the necessary precautions to ensure that it is healthy before committing to keeping it as a pet. Inquire about its medical history and look for symptoms of illness, such as eye discharge or feather loss.
If you adopt a parrot from a nonprofit organization, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that the bird you took home was previously in good hands and had proper care before being re-homed. In addition, many organizations that help animals in need offer support services, such as veterinary treatment and training advice, when it’s required.
Housing Your ParakeetThe first thing you’ll need to do to take care of your new feathery buddy is to give them a home that’s suitable for them. The enclosure needs to be roomy enough for them to walk around freely without appearing uncomfortable (at least 18 inches square). In addition to swings and ladders, their enclosure ought to feature perches as well. Bird toys, such as those made especially for them, should also be provided.
It is crucial to maintain their living area clean by frequently removing droppings and food debris as this helps prevent infections such as Salmonella infection which could potentially endanger both human members of the household as well as other pets that are in the area.
“Taming” Your ParakkeetAlthough it’s certainly going to take some time before your new companion trusts you entirely, there are a few different approaches that experienced owners take when they first meet their new pets, including the following: Talk quietly near their cage door, provide goodies through the bars of their enclosure using tongs or tweezers (avoid using your hands), and gradually transition to hand feeding them once they are comfortable doing so. Patience is rewarded in this situation. During the handling sessions, you may also want to think about getting some accessories for the cage, such as perch coverings or cage skirts, which assist provide dark hiding spaces where the animals may feel safe.