Did you know parakeets are also referred to as Budgies? The small, colorful birds are native to Australia and can live roughly seven to 15 years. With their talkative and outgoing personalities, parakeets can make a great companion for any pet owner.
Since parakeets are one of the most common bird pets out there, we thought it would be helpful to go over a few basic facts about caring for a pet parakeet. If you’re considering getting one, stick along for the ride as we uncover fun facts and quick tips to help you care for your new pet or determine if a parakeet is the right pet for you.
Are Parakeets Social?
Yes. Parakeets actually thrive in social settings and don’t do well in isolation. If you work long hours and are gone most of the day, buying a companion bird is probably the best solution.
However, parakeets don’t just bond with other birds; they can bond with their owners, too. PetSmart suggests handling your bird for at least half an hour a day. Despite any misconceptions out there, parakeets can actually be hand-tamed, and once they learn to trust you, they will feel free to perch on your hand or shoulder and keep you company.
Do Parakeets Only Eat Seeds?
Not necessarily. A diet of only seeds may not contain the proper nutrition to maintain your parakeet’s health. A typical diet for your pet parakeet should include pellets or a pellet and seed mixture, vegetables and some fruit.
While the main portion of your bird’s diet (roughly 75 percent) will come from his pellet and seed food blend, adding vegetables, such as dark leafy greens, every other day is also acceptable. PetSmart suggests feeding your new companion fruit, such as apples, melons or bananas, one a week.
Don’t forget to clean out the water dish and provide fresh water for your parakeet every day.
Since Parakeets Are Small, Is A Small Cage OK?
Your parakeet’s cage should actually be rather roomy. In other words, the bigger the better. A cage should be no smaller than 16 inches by 14 inches by 18 inches, but even something larger, such as 40 inches by 20 inches by 32 inches, is preferred. Make sure to purchase a rectangular cage instead of a round one so parakeets can find a haven near the back wall.
Cages that have horizontal bars are also a good option, as they give your bird the opportunity to climb. Feel free to use recycled paper, aspen wood pellets or cage liners at the bottom of the cage. Weekly spot cleaning are a good idea, and the whole cage should be cleaned once a month.
Can My Parakeet Be Hand-Tamed?
Yes. First and foremost, if you are trying to hand-tame your parakeet, be aware that it may take some time for your parakeet to learn to trust you.
Avoid handling your parakeet for the first three or four days you have him so that he can become acclimated to his new surroundings. After that, if your new companion is still extremely timid of you, try approaching the cage and feeding him treats through the wire for a while. As he slowly becomes accustomed to this and realizes you are not going to hurt him, he will become more easily trusting of you and will feel comfortable sitting on your hand.
Do Parakeets Need Exercise?
Yes. Parakeets certainly need exercise and mental stimulation. Boredom is good for no one. Add toys in your parakeet’s cage and switch them out once every month to keep your bird entertained and happy.
To allow your bird exercise time, it is recommended that you have a bird safe room, where your bird can fly around for even several hours a day to expend energy and be out of the cage. One bird care guide even suggests purchasing a bird safe houseplant and putting it across from the cage, so your bird can fly back and forth.
We hope you enjoyed learning a few quick tips about caring for your pet parakeet, and if you are looking for a new friend, we hope this has helped you determine whether or not a parakeet is the right pet for you.
Thanks for stopping by. We hope you enjoyed our article, and we encourage you to share it with your friends.