Caring For Parakeets
Caring for parakeets is the most important
step in keeping parakeets as pets. Remember their immune
systems can be touchy. This means that at the first
sign of illness, you should contact your veterinarian
immediately. Even a simple virus can turn deadly overnight.
A regular care and checkup of your parakeet can keep
you away from visiting the vet too frequently.
Caring for parakeets means
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- A regular checkup of their plumage - birds keep
their plumage in peak condition by preening. You can
encourage this by occasionally misting it with warm
- Selecting the right cage for your parakeet - choose
a cage that is large
enough to allow it plenty of
exercise. Most cages come with 2 perches. For more
specialized caring for parakeets, you can attach a
cuttlebone to the side of the cage. It will help keep
the bird's beak in good condition and will serve as
a source of calcium and other minerals.
- A proper and adequate diet – this is the single
most notable aspect in shaping the health, vitality,
and permanence of your parakeet. Give them leafy green
vegetables, rice, tofu, some seeds and fruits like
orange and papaya. These would give them all the required
nutrients to keep them healthy.
- Regular bathing of your parakeet – give your
parakeet a regular shower of 5-7 times a week in the
summer and 3-5 times a week during the winter. This
routine will help you keep your parakeet clean and
avoid skin related diseases.
- Proper grooming of your parakeet – proper
and regular trimming of the toenails is very essential.
Consult a veterinarian if you wish to clip its wings.
Lack of parakeet care can result in feather plucking,
moody and ill-trained parakeets at home. It is always
a good idea to know what injuries and what diseases can
affect your parakeet, what is the ideal diet for a parakeet,
how many times a week should you give it a bath. These
would help you undertake foolproof caring for your pet
A healthy parakeet is more likely to be immune to diseases
and can stay around for a long time to make you laugh,
make you entertained and give you a moment to smile…
Author : Nancy
Date Posted : 08 - Feb - 2005
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