Parakeets for Sale
Parakeets, or Budgies which is short for Budgerigar, the name they were dubbed with by the aboriginal Australians, have many colorful varieties! All of these birds exhibit the traits and behaviors associated with parrots including the strongly curved or hooked bill, bright and colorful plumage along with toes arranged in zygodactyl fashion. This means that two of the toes curve forward and two curve back to facilitate climbing or walking. The arrangement of the toes also enables the parrots to use the foot as we and many other mammals use our hands to carry food to the mouth, which none of the other birds do. They can live to be 7 years or up to 10 or more years old with proper care. The vocalizations are sweet and charming, unlike the ear-splitting screeches of their larger cousins. They chortle and warble, make soft harmonic sounds, and even whistle.
In addition to seeds and pellets, a variety of other foods such as fruits and vegetables can and should be offered regularly to round out the bird's diet. Sun-dried millet is a highly relished favorite of these birds. Whole grains provide many essential nutrients and are also an excellent source of fiber and carbohydrates, which serve as a source of energy for active metabolisms. The rest of the diet should consist of a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables including dark leafy greens and the occasional offering of some cooked legumes (beans). Avocado should be avoided entirely as it is toxic to birds.
Minimum cage size for parakeets is 18x18x18" approximately. Parakeets can acclimate well to average household temperatures, as long as they do not to drop below 65°F or to exceed 80°F. They may also be kept in pairs or alone for bonding purposes. Provide an assortment of perches at a variety of widths and heights and do not place them above food or water bowls. They also appreciate a good bath and will frolic about in standing water to aid in grooming and keep their skin in good condition. Since birds don't perspire and can't regulate their temperature that way, the main source of heat exchange occurs during respiration. One can easily see why it is so important to provide the right environment for any bird, not just parakeets, keeping their enclosures clean and well ventilated. Be sure to provide plenty of toys at all times, a hiding place or hut, T-stand or playpen for out of the cage play time, and the occasional birdbath using either a mist or warm water bath. Cover cage at night for sleeping and to avoid drafts.
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The most distinctive Budgie sound is a "fweep fweep", kind of sound like a baby chicken makes but a little stronger in volume, which can be very endearing! Attempts at mimicry are often garbled, but with training, some of the more talented birds may pick up a few words or phrases. Parakeets love to be held and interact with their caretakers as much as possible, with at least 30 minutes to an hour of interaction per day. These birds are very active and will love spending a lot of time outside their enclosure with their families. They are friendly and can be quite loving and personable companions. Please call ahead to the store location you are planning on visiting to confirm that parakeets for sale will be available.
At Uncle Bill’s Pet Center, we not only offer Parakeets for sale, we also employ a highly trained staff that can assist you in building an appropriate habitat for your new pet, and educate you on the proper care of the animal—making sure you get the most out of your pet ownership adventure!