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How to Take Care of Parakeets

Parakeets are known to be intelligent and beautiful pets. One must acquire knowledge on how to take care of a parakeet before buying to make sure that the bird will live long and be happy.

First, you need to get the right cage for your parakeet or budgies. Parakeet cage size are designed for small to medium type of birds and the gaps between the bars are narrow.The cage must be large enough that can allow the parakeet to open its wings totally. There are decorative bird cages which have two perches and a swing. A parakeet needs its beak trimmed so it is best to add a cuttlebone in the cage. There are cheap decorative bird cages available in bird shops that you can invest into if you are on a tight budget.

It is better that the bottom of the cage has a pull-out drawer to easily keep the floor clean. Insert newspapers or any sort for absorption of droppings or dirt. Some parakeet cages have grates that keep the bottom of the cage clean also. Make sure to position the bird cage at a draft-free location or to be safe, cover parts of it with cloth.
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You must keep your parakeet’s food and water new every day. Buy premium seeds that are specifically for parakeets and give them also vitamins as extra supplement in their diet and bird gravel for easy digestion of seeds, Take caution when you open the cage because parakeets can escape quickly, and keep other household pets, like cats and dogs, away when you open it.
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A parakeet can get scared easily, so try not to make abrupt movements or loud noises. Try to be gentle and slowly take your time going around them as you bit by bit gain its trust. Make them get used to your hand by putting a hand in the cage and leave it for about 10 minutes. Form the bond more with the parakeet by talking softly or make soothing sounds to it, with your hand still in its cage. After some time, continue building the trust by placing your forefinger underneath the bird’s chest to signal it to sit on the finger and then let it stay there for a while.

Keep your parakeet healthy at all cost by allowing it to fly freely every day and avoid it from getting weak. You can begin letting it fly in a bathroom or small-spaced room to avoid it from getting behind bookcases. After it gets accustomed flying in the area for a week, continue to let it exercise in a bigger room.

Parakeets also have other health issues that can be fatal such as diarrhea. Gradually check its stools which should be solid and round, and not runny. Avoid giving the parakeet table food or other leafy vegetables as these may probably cause diarrhea and just stick to the bird’s regular diet. Call a veterinarian immediately in case you notice changes of your parakeet’s stool as there are medicines readily available designed for them.

Parakeets will live longer if you take really good care and show affection to it every day.