Parakeets: Delightful and Playful Birds

Parakeets, also known as Budgies, are colorful birds with sweet and charming vocalizations. They chortle and warble, make soft harmonic sounds, and even whistle. These birds are easier to care for – and quieter – than some of their larger relatives, which makes them popular pets.

Please call us to ask about our available Parakeets for sale, as animal selection may vary by store. The friendly and knowledgeable Uncle Bill’s team is happy to answer any questions you may have about caring for pet Parakeets.

Parakeet Habitat

Parakeets need a bird cage that is 18" x 18" x 18" (or larger, if housing two or more Parakeets). Parakeets acclimate well to average household temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Keep the cage away from drafts, heat vents, or direct sunlight, to maintain a consistent and tolerable temperature for Parakeets. Parakeets may be frightened of loud noises and unfamiliar sights (such as images on a television screen), so while they like to be in an area that allows them to see their caretakers, too much stimulation may be stressful for them.

Parakeets need an assortment of perches at a variety of widths and heights (do not place perches above food or water bowls). Provide plenty of toys at all times, a hiding place or hut, a T-stand or playpen for out of the cage play time, and the occasional birdbath using either a mist or warm water bath. Parakeets will frolic about in standing water, which helps keep their skin and feathers in good condition; a bottle affixed to the cage should be used for drinking water. Cover the cage at night to help Parakeets avoid drafts and feel secure.

Parakeet Diet

In addition to everyday bird food such as 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 popular treat for 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 an occasional serving of cooked unseasoned beans. Avocado is toxic to birds and should be avoided.

Is a Parakeet Right for Me?

Budgies aren’t loud, but they do chatter throughout the day, making soft beeps, chirps, and whistles. With training, they may be able to mimic a few words or specific whistles. Parakeets crave interaction with their caretakers – at least 30 minutes a day, ideally – so these pets may not be the best for people who are rarely at home. They are friendly and can be quite loving and personable companions.  They also enjoy being outside of their cage daily.

With proper care and daily mental stimulation, a Parakeet may live 10 years. If you’re interested in adopting a Parakeet, please call Uncle Bill’s to confirm the availability of Parakeets for sale. Uncle Bill’s Pet Center is committed to helping our customers understand and care for their animals throughout their lives.

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