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Jul. 16th, 2015

16th-Jul-2015 02:05 am - Parakeet Gender
Hi everyone,

This year we added a parakeet to our family. When we brought it home with us we thought it might be a female because it has a light brownish cere and it wasn't very talkative. We also have "Pajareeta", a female lutino cockatiel. After quarantining our new parakeet and seeing that it got along with our 'tiel we put them in the same cage together. Everything was great, however, just recently the two of them have started to mate :eek: is this okay or do I need to separate them so my 'tiel doesn't start laying infertile eggs?

Btw, we have dna sexed the 'tiel and we are sure she's female. But we haven't had the chance to do the same for our Parakeet. Can anyone tell from looking at these pictures what gender it might be?



Jun. 28th, 2015

28th-Jun-2015 04:54 pm - Infertile eggs - how long to leave
I have a question regarding the time span infertile eggs should be kept in a disinterested cockatiels' cage. Xposted to cockatiels.

Info here.Collapse )

Jun. 26th, 2015

26th-Jun-2015 02:47 pm - Goodbye Sydney

I've been posting to this community for years, so I figured I should say this. I had to put my lovebird Sydney down last week. He was almost 19 years old. I think I gave him a pretty good life. He was an amazing flyer, and had a great little personality. It was hard deciding how much suffering was too much for him, but it finally got to that point. I'm really struggling with him not snuggling in my neck right now. The picture above is the last picture taken of him.

Thanks to everyone here that gave advice over the years. I was twelve when I got him, so I was clueless. People here have been very helpful.

Jun. 19th, 2015

19th-Jun-2015 06:51 am - The Secret Life of Pets
I hope there's a lot more of the budgie than in the trailer! Would love for some budgie toys too :-) The trailer is here.

May. 31st, 2015

31st-May-2015 09:27 am - Cockatiel Art
birds, peaceful
Hey peeps, just wanted to share a 5x7" papercut that I made for an online friend. I think it's my best to date...and definitely one of my favourites too! I draw the picture on the back in reverse and cut out a silhouette.

Hello Polly

May. 24th, 2015

Apr. 25th, 2015

Azret Botashev
Hi. Want to start my parrot breeding in Russia.
But there is no too many experienced people in this. Want to breed amazons, african grays and macaws. Could someone give some guidance?

Apr. 21st, 2015

21st-Apr-2015 10:45 pm - Found Bird
My friend found a parrot in Mission Veijo (of course, this means little, since parrots can really get around @_@).
It's very people-friendly, but may be sick/injured since it was sitting in the middle of the road and being attacked by a crow.

I've told her to check craigslist, forums, and exotic/bird vets. Any other suggestions to try to find the owner? Maybe by some sort of serendipity one of you guys is missing this precious baby...

Identification would be helpful too!

Thank you all :3

Apr. 16th, 2015

16th-Apr-2015 05:56 pm - "tiny amazon parakeets"
Mazz - glow
*edit the Lutino is an Indian Ring Neck so disregard my worries of needing the right mix for it. I can handle this easier. Similar to my parrots yus.

So I had 2 birds dumped on me cause locals know I have birds.
when I went to get them I was told "tiny amazon parakeets" so obviously I had no idea what I was going to end up with and try to find homes for.
Turned out to be a Sun Conure and a Lutino Scaly-breasted Lorikeet IRN. Housed together on seed diets.
I have a friend who loves conures taking that one amd will be changing it's diet.
this Lorikeet is not tame and uhm... seeds?
please share your fave Lorikeet diet/home made mix and tips on getting this nector eater off seeds.

Apr. 4th, 2015

4th-Apr-2015 04:56 pm - Cage bar spacing ???
Ozwald -wet burb
I was just given a cage, it has a 3/4inch bar spacing. Would that be too wide for budgies?

Mar. 14th, 2015

14th-Mar-2015 07:03 am - Old drawing of Muffin
Muffin Buffin
This is from 2011...I spent ten years part time at art college :-D

The Two Muffins by calzephyr on DeviantArt

Mar. 12th, 2015

12th-Mar-2015 11:49 am - Regarding my budgie's mental health..
So I finally got my budgie back 3-4 days ago from my cousin... the retrieval got delayed because of various trips I had to take till now. However, I am worried about his mental health... He just keeps running back and forth across one side of cage... It reminds me of prison inmates, how they would pace the jail if kept inside too long. Am I over-reacting or what? He was kept inside all the time at my cousins place in their balcony.
He has forgotten whatever training progress we had made and now I am having to train him again( he is my rescue budgie and seems like has had no training before). I have also kept the cage door open so that he may fly out if he wants to but he hasn't yet. Also he is pooping very little.
Should I get him another budgie company? I was delaying it because I wanted him to atleast start perching on my hand/paintbrush so that I could put him back in the cage for night.

Any suggestions? Thanks...

Feb. 11th, 2015

Jan. 30th, 2015

30th-Jan-2015 09:30 am - Holiday cards and such
birds, peaceful
I made a bunch of handmade cards for my friends this year (I am never on time for Christmas!) and this one was really inspired, featuring my little flock.

Jan. 26th, 2015

I have a cage my budgies live in, it -could- be bigger since I want to even out the odd 3 to an even 4 and I was given a second cage that's almost the same size but lacks a base. I noticed the one cage fits on top of the other but leaves a small gap on 2 sides the budgies could fit through.

if I were to want to turn both cages into one to make it bigger and add more play room what do you suggest I use to cover that gap??

small gauge chickenwire would be my first guess (sharp edges filed down of course). What else would you suggest I use? I don't when them to be able to chew through and get out without supervision.

Jan. 25th, 2015

Gabriel - Sleepy
I just saw that the Northeast USA is preparing for a historic blizzard, and they're expecting massive power outages (wet snow bringing down power cables). Just a reminder to think of your feathered friends in your preparedness, especially since most houses will lose heating ability if they lose electricity (even if your furnace has a pilot light, it'll stop working right if it has an electric thermostat).

My go-to for heat in a power outage is chemical hand warmers, which can be most easily found in winter clothing stores and in sporting good stores, but also sometimes Target and similar places will carry them. If chemical hand warmers are sold out (as they sometimes are before a winter storm), also try looking for chemical muscle warmers in the medicine aisle near ace bandages. If you end up needing to use one to keep your beebs warm, put them in a smaller travel cage if possible, consider wrapping it in a blanket, and put the warmer underneath one side of the cage only, that way they can move to the other side if it gets too warm. Make sure that they can't get at the packet to chew it open.

Best wishes all, and stay warm and safe! :>

Jan. 22nd, 2015

22nd-Jan-2015 01:03 pm - Why is my Quaker acting like this? :
&quot;Paper&quot; Style Kura Icon
I have posted here once or twice before, but I own a male Quaker Parrot and a male Sun Conure. Cody,the sun conure is 5 years old. Midori,the Quaker is about 2 and a half.
Cody has always had his cage in my room while Midori usually was in the Sun room. In September of last year we started having a boarder here who happens to own a dog. Unfortunately this type of dog has a prey drive and I do not feel safe having her around the birds while they are out of their cage.
As such I moved midori into my room. However, he doesn't seem very happy about his new home-although he tolerates it. But this week he began acting strange after I put him back in his cage(after he was out for about an hour).
He won't let me have my fingers exposed to him without him biting me! Not just nipping,actual bites. He sometimes hisses as well. The first day he was lunging at me for being near his cage-up until this point he used to not have a problem with me being near his cage. He was content to be petted in his cage and often tried to hop on my hand to come back out.
I thought maybe he was just being cage aggressive for some reason,but he was just as bitey outside of his cage.  Eventually I just put him back in his cage and tried to leave him alone for the rest of the day,although it hurt my feelings for a normally friendly little bird to suddenly be very aggressive.
The next day he was no longer lunging at the cage bars if I walked near,but I still could not show my hands to him. He would still bite. I tried covering my hand in a towel to perch him-this worked.
But as soon as my fingers show,he bites. Even if I am not trying to pet him or have any contact with him what so ever. He even bit the back of my hand!
The bites don't draw blood but are enough to definitely hurt,and to leave an imprint in my skin. The day after and today he is a little better, but still not normal.
He chirps and chatters and makes friendly noises in his cage,but not outside of it. He used to love to be petted,now he can't be touched at all. He tries to bite if I even try.
I can pet and perch him wearing winter gloves for some reason,but not with my bare fingers. (I used to wear them if I painted my nails as he didn't like the dark colors on my nails for some reason?)
This behavior has been going on for three days now but it still makes me sad. He used to always be petted and would never care if I touched him. I worry he no longer likes me or trusts me. :c
He is usually friendly towards my roomate, and he offered him a chip as a treat and he started eating it out of his hand-only to suddenly bite him just as hard as he bit me.
Midori does not exhibit any warning like Cody does,he just bites.I have him on my arm as I type but I am hiding my hands in long sleeves. I don't trust him anymore. :c
He isn't sick or anything I know,but what do I do? I just want my sweet little bird back.

Jan. 21st, 2015

Hi everyone... a parakeet came to our house 2-3 days ago in the morning. It was obviously someone's pet and since me, my brother and my parents were worried a cat will eat it, we took it in while we searched for its owner. We haven't found him/her yet and I don't want the cute bird to suffer! I already think its my pet..though if the original owner comes I am ready to return it.. but somewhere I hope no one comes -.-

So, obviously I have no idea how to take care of it! Please help! Also I'll be leaving him with a cousin for about 2 weeks in Feb., so I'll only be able to start proper training after I return home, around mid Feb. Any and all help is much appreciated.

Right now he's perching on curtain stands (and anything high to his liking..like tubelight, cupboard/table top) and flying around in my room. I got him a cage last night(borrowed from a cousin who no longer has birds) and managed to catch him and put him in for the night. Then I covered the cage (its cold right now), keeping 1 side open for light (for some reason he gets hyper in full darkness). I kept the cage door open so if he wanted he could get out (which he did early morning) and I also personally want him to fly free and only go to sleep/eat in the cage.
Today, initially, I didn't put food for him outside cage, but he was hungry and pecking on the floor, so I relented by late afternoon and put seeds in steps - to try and lead him to inside the cage. Mr. Smart only ate the easy pickings and didn't go inside :( I think I also scared him a bit by trying to catch him 2-3 times... so as to put him in the cage near food.. would have left the door open again..but he obviously doesn't know that! He's also pretty quite until now... barely hear him once a day.

So how do I take care of this adorable new member? and gain his trust so he can fly freely AND still be with me at the end of the day... I just don't like birds being kept in cages. I also worry that he will die outside...he's too brightly colored compared to the native free birds that populate our garden and area in general.

Jan. 10th, 2015

10th-Jan-2015 12:38 pm - Sugarplum with 'cookie'
For your viewing pleasure, the mad cookie eater or as I call him a little Cookie Monster.


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