Parakeets need love and attention just like other pets.
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Parakeets should be kept in cages that are long and wide, rather than tall and narrow, because your budgie pal prefers to fly horizontally, rather than vertically. Place several perches, toys, water/feed dishes and a swing or two around the perimeter of her parakeet palace, keeping the center open for flight. Place parakeet gravel paper, shredded newspaper or a picture of your least favorite politician at the bottom of her cage to absorb waste. A varied assortment of cages, toys, feed dishes, perches and gravel paper are available at your favorite pet supply store or online
A well-behaved and sociable pet parakeet can be a pleasure to interact with. An anti-social, territorial bird who dislikes certain members of your family is not as pleasant, however. Before you can think about letting your parakeet out of his cage, you need to make sure he's responsive to you and well socialized. Parakeets can be possessive, territorial and aggressive. When this behavior is being displayed toward humans, it's an indication the bird has not been fully tamed. It's not a good idea to let an untamed or aggressive bird out of the cage because he might attack people in the home; your methods for dealing with the behavior will be limited if your bird is loose in your home.
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Parakeets make for fun and entertaining pets, without requiring a lot of maintenance or cost. Given the proper care, parakeets can live as long as 10 to 14 years--nearly as long as cats and dogs. The folowing ten tips will give you the information you need to raise happy, healthy birds!All in all, parakeets make great pets. They won't cost you a lot of money nor do they require a lot of your time. Just follow the simple steps above for caring for your parakeet and it will live a long and healthful life. These beautiful little additions to your family will bring you joy each day and all they will ask for in return is a little love and caring. *New* I've added a page with further information on parakeets.If you have a single bird, a mirror is practically a must. A lone parakeet will enjoy your company, but a mirror helps them feel less alone when you are not around. You can also buy bird stand-ins from pet stores to give your keet company, but that seems rather silly to me. Consider getting a second bird for ideal level of companionship for your parakeet. However, you may want to keep multiple birds separate when they are young so they will learn to bond with humans rather than just other birds.One striking characteristic of Parakeet behavior is the communal nest building. Parakeets will do poorly when placed together with other species of parrots. To do so would be like a punishment for them. This particular Parakeet behavior is known as solitary keeping which sometimes lead to communication problems and other behavioral problems. Parakeet owners sometimes have to contend with certain peculiarities of pet Parakeets which are easily remedied with the right information.