We have 2 parakeets. We our new bird owners. What can you tell us to help us take good care of them? We want them to live a full life span. What kinds of toys do they like? Can we make our own handmade toys for them that are safe to play with? Thanks bird lovers!
By Trudy from in the woods, PA
Here are some tips that I learned from my parakeet Periwinkle:
Make sure the cage in not in a draft area. They like to have their food bowl blown out, which means, they will get the food out of it's "hull" and then leave the hull. I don't see this tip in much of the bird literature I read. IF you do not do this they will die of starvation, as they cannot get to the food underneath.
Change the water daily or more often.
Sometimes parakeets won't take a bath in a bath thing. I have a small spritzer I spray upward of them, and it falls down on them like rain. I don't do this a lot, and not on cold days.
My parakeet, who is named Periwinke, likes mirrors all over the cage, and toys I would get them toys from Drsfostersmith. com.
There are toys that stimulate their desire to forage. There is a toy on there where the bird pushes a button and it says a word or a tune. You don't have to buy them toys though, mirrors will make them happiest! Don't forget a trapeze. I have been wondering if mine would like a hanging house in the cage. I doubt it, he is happy with the trapeze and the mirrors all over. <3
Periwinkle loves to have part of his cage covered. Periwinkle is best friends with our Rooster, Phoenix, and his cage is on Phoenix the rooster's living area. They are best friends. I am glad you have two birds, they are so sweet and they love company.
The birds love treats, the ones that are long sprays of millet. This must be Periwinkle's favorite. Don't forget to softly blow on the birds bowl at least once or twice a day, to keep it ready and see how much food is left. :) I usually do it at night but I check on it every so often during the day,
Here are a few places for more information:
Blessings and tell them they are good darlings for me!
Our birds are fond of toys with bells they can ring and things they can easily grab in their beaks. Since you have two birds mirrors may not be the best; they can distract the birds from bonding with each other and may even cause arguments! Speaking of bonding, make sure you check on your birds' gender if you haven't already in case you get any little surprises. :-)
To really be healthy birds need more than just seed in their diet. You can buy vitamin-enriched birdseed or special bird vitamins which will help. Try to encourage them to nibble on fruit if you can. Make sure their cage is of a good enough size to let them spread their wings and get exercise. If it can be done safely letting them out for a couple hours a day is good, too. Having perches of different sizes helps to exercise their feet. Make sure they have a cuttlebone to trim their beaks on as birds like to chew. Have fun with your birds!
Most of our toys for our Parakeet are home made and are the best toys at low cost! We even made her a swing for her from bark and wire. She loves it! We also made her perch from a tree branch in the back yard. She ate all the bark and now it looks store bought! She is also able to jump to diff. branches. We gave her a cat ball w bell in it and she plays w it on the bottom of her cage w her beak. I went to the dollar store and bought X-mas bells and tied it to the side of her cage and she plays w it all the time w her beak. I went to a Craft store and bought a very small wind chime for one dollar and we can hear her every morning playing w it. :O) There are so many toys that you can make if you are creative and research the Internet for ideas... :O)
Lana - Des Plaines, IL
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