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Old 06-17-2020, 05:57 PM
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Full disclosure, this is a joint account shared by myself and my son who it the brand new keeper of a young parakeet named Azul. My wife an I bought our son the largest cage we could fit in his bedroom for his birthday some time back and just recently we went to Petco and to investigate getting a bird. While I was busy talking the ear off the poor sales associate (I’m not real bright, I should have done more listening and less talking) my son was very quietly bonding with this beautiful bird in the display. Well that was it, we ended up buying everything, and I mean everything that the sales associate mentioned we might possibly need... except a squirt bottle.. which I should probably go back and get....


I’ve spent enough time on this planet to know that even with the two books and stack of Petco marketing brochures that we are reading through, I have no idea what I am doing. I’m a member of several other online forums, with the same screen name, and I have found the wealth of experience available is invaluable in pursuit of my hobbies and interests.


My intent is for my son to take responsibility for his animal, and Ill keep an eye on him. Not too close but never very far away.

Enough about us, here is Azul:




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Re: New parakeet dad

cute bird! can i see how big the cage is? send a pic
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Re: New parakeet dad

Cage is a good size! Make sure Azul has time outside of its cage, about 2 weeks later. After a week, try putting your hand in the cage, repeat until it isn't scared.

3 toys is a good amount,if you get some make sure to arrange them around every month or so and make sure you have some natural wood perches!

I recommend taking Azul to an avian vet ASAP, you should after getting a bird. Especially if said bird is from a pet store! What things (especially food) did the store employee tell you to buy? Most employees at pet stores are wrong about cage size, food, etc.

Anyways, welcome to the forum, and if you want to learn some common acronyms/abbreviations on here, click this link, it takes you to the thread:

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What does a parakeet diet consists of?
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Here it is.
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Re: New parakeet dad

Hello and welcome to you and your new baby Five.five_six! That's a pretty little birdie you have there

For now I would just feed whatever Azul was eating at the pet shop, there will be plenty of time to adjust to a healthier diet in a few months or so.

I recommend the following link to help you start building a relationship with your new buddy...

Taming and bonding with budgerigars: tips for beginners

It was written by our resident budgie whisperer "reeb" and has lots of helpful info.

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Welcome! Question. Since you got such a large cage for your son, what will you be using for your bird?
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Re: New parakeet dad

Diet should be pellets, vegetables and grains (some are unsafe, so research) and minimal fruit, with a few healthy seeds.

NO garlic, chives, leeks, shallots, onions, scallions, rhubarb, tomato, mushrooms,celery (due to strings), chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, salt (except in very small amounts), avocado, sugar (except in very small amounts), no coffee (even decaf), certain beans are unsafe even when cooked (due to various toxins, including aflatoxins) and no canned beans should be given regularly due to salt and preservative content....no peanuts (due to aflatoxins and aspergillus risk) and no sunflower seeds (except in EXTREME moderation, as treats).
Oh-- and NO apple seeds or fruit pits!
Also- no artificial sweeteners for the most part, although a few aren't deadly, almost all cause digestive upset...


AH- almost forgot-- NO HONEY and limit cirtrus fruit to VERY small amounts if you feed it. For a large cockatoo that weighs over 1lb, the vet said 1 tangerine slice was okay per week. For a smaller bird, it will be much less.

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