What Species of Parrots Make the Best Pets?

Let’s start with parrots falling under a definite no. 

Kea for one. The New Zealand Alpine parrot lives in the snowy mountains and is really smart but extremely destructive.
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How Do I Care for the Special Needs of an Older Budgie?

Debra C. wants to know how to care for the special needs of an older budgie,

I love all of the wonderful info about taking better care of my birds that I am able to take away from your newsletters.

But I am especially wanting more info on how to meet all the needs of my precious 9-year-old Goofus.

She still gets around in her cage pretty well most of the time by climbing, She is a fast climber. Sometimes she flies, I have added extra perches across the length of the cage so she doesn’t have to fly far.

She seems to have her good days and her not-so-good ones. But she seems happy. She and my much younger male budgie Lavender have fallen in love and are mostly inseparable.

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Have You Ever Experienced a Bird With “Bumblefoot”?

Karen C. asks,

 

Have you ever experienced dealing with a bird that has developed what they are calling “bumblefoot”?

 

I have a parakeet that has a sore spot on the bottom of one of its feet.

 

When I looked it up on the internet it didn’t seem like much could be done and this little guy isn’t finger trained.

 

He was a rescue along with 3 other birds.

 

It’s quite a feat to catch him at all and I don’t want to stress him out anymore than the poor thing already is.

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Why Are My Darling Birdling Female Parakeets Not Getting Along?

Barbara T. writes

 

My darling birdlings, parakeets, happen to both be female.

 

One, MoonShadow, is approx 7 years old…a rescue.

 

When her partner passed last year, after the funeral, MoonBirdy was sooo lonely, depressed, inactive.

 

We, in mid pandemic, bought a pet shop friend for her. Of course, the pet shop attendant assured my husband Mercury was Male.
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How Can I Get My New Budgie to Cohabitate With My Old Budgie?

Barbara T. wants to know

 

My darling birdlings, parakeets, happen to both be female. One, Moonshadow, is approx 7 years old…a rescue.

 

When her partner passed last year, after the funeral, Moonbirdy was sooo lonely, depressed, inactive.

 

We, in mid pandemic, bought a pet shop friend for her. Of course, the pet shop attendant assured my husband Mercury was Male.

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How Can I Help My Budgie Stop Laying Eggs?
Budgerigar in cage

How Can I Help My Budgie Stop Laying Eggs?

Kristy L. asks,

 

How can I help my budgie stop laying eggs?

 

We have allowed her to have two clutches and I can’t have any more babies.

 

Our vet wanted a depo shot which we did once with the vet’s advice and I don’t like what it did to her personality.

 

It’s been three months and now she has laid 2 eggs.

 

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Should I Remove a Budgie With Splayed Legs From the Nest Box?

Kyndra B.  relates,   

     

One of my baby budgies (about 2-3 weeks old) has splayed legs but is still in the nest box and being fed and cared for by the mom. 

 

Is it okay for me to remove the baby to put bands on the legs and then place it back in the nest box?

 

I don’t want the mother to stop feeding/caring for it because I handled it.

 

I also don’t want the splayed legs to go untreated for too long.

 

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