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Transcript of Parakeets
Presented By: Sabrina Brainard
Housing & Equipment
Diseases & Ailments
INTERESTING FACTS :)
Originate in Australia
Alexander the Great brought back these birds to Europe from India from his invasion of that country
Began to be bred (captivity) in the 1960's (US)
lead to the domestication of them as pets
Breeding exercises happened in the early 1800's
Deforestation threatened the extinction of these birds, breeding prevented it
Bond easily with humans
Can be trained to do tricks
Make a lot of noise (very vocal)
Cages should be large enough for them to fly around in
Require toys, for proper stimulation
Give them cuttlebone (made from the insides of cuttlefish shells)
for beak exercise and as an excellent source of calcium
Wire cages should be small enough so that they can't escape
Toys/edges should be checked to make sure that they are not sharp
Household temperatures of 70-80°F (21-27°C)
( healthy birds can tolerate hot and cold temperatures )
chocolate, avocados, alcohol or caffeine, asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, iceberg lettuce, raw potatoes and dairy products.
black on the back of its heads and body with plain yellow feathers on the forehead and throat.
A row of black dots across the throat
greenish-yellow feathers are found on the underside.
The two basic types
English “budgie”, a show bird with a bigger head and chest
American “budgie” a more active bird with a shorter tail.
Numerous mutant color varieties have been bred into the captive population.
Budgerigar parakeets are sexually
blue in males
pink or brown in females,
pearlescent in juveniles.
Handle your parakeet early so they are used to it
Allow for flight time whenever possible
Love to fly around house
Make sure windows/doors are shut
If trained, parakeets can perch on your fingers
A parakeet can be restrained by cupping your hands around their back, and holding gently to keep the wings from moving
If needed to ensure comfort, a blanket or towel can be used to cover the bird's face
Parakeet females lay eggs
they become sexually mature between 5 and 36 months
She will usually lay between four to twelve eggs
which she will incubate (usually starting after laying her 2nd or 3rd) for about 19 days each.
Depending on the clutch size and the beginning of incubation, there can be anywhere from 5 to 15 day age difference between the first and last hatchlings.
Unsanitary conditions lead to illnesses
Signs of illness include:
lethargy, loose stools, a head tucked under their wing, poor appetite, weight loss and discharge from eyes or nose.
**Any signs of illness require immediate attention from your avian veterinarian.**
Common illnesses include Aspergillosis, Candidiasis, diarrhea,thyroid gland enlargement, Pacheco’s Disease and psittacosis.
If a parakeet throws up at you, it means that he/she considers you a family member and is trying to feed you.
Parakeets have two toes that face forward and two toes that face backward.
The collective name for a group is a flock, company or chatter.
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