Yesterday we found a parakeet in our rose bush, he had managed to attract a lot of attention from the dogs. I ended up catching him when i places a pitcher of wild bird food on the ground, he flew right to the pitcher and hopped in! I know wild bird food is not good for them, but it was all I had at the time. I have bought some grocery store bird food and if we end up keeping him I'll invest in the more expensive petstore stuff. That being said, I am currently housing him in my verticle 10 gallon tank with a screen lid cover ( I was intending to eventually buy a gecko and had the tank set up). I read online though that parakeets like horizontal tanks more than verticle so Ill turn it on its side soon. I have a magnetic gecko ledge in the tank along with a twisted vine and leaves. Does anyone have any suggestions for me as to care? Ive never owned a bird before. We have posted to try to find the owner, we found one who thought it might be hers but she lost hers months ago and had already replaced him. He seems really weak and tired. He seemed to be pooping normally yesterday, but today it looks like there may be poop dried or stuck around the vent. There is water in the cage but I havent seen him drink yet, only eat. Ill attatch pictures.
Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G920A using Tapatalk
Last edited by aluz; 08-23-2016 at 04:33 PM.
Reason: Removing photo
I'm glad you have managed to rescue this budgie. By looking at her, I can tell you that she's an adult female.
It's good that you are trying to find the owner, besides using social medial to advertise the found budgie, you can also place fliers around your neighbourhood and nearby vets and pet stores. It would also be a good idea to contact the local animal shelter.
Thank you! She seems really stressed out from all the change. I still havent managed to get the wild birdseed out of the cage because shes alwayson the bottom and i dont want to stress her more. Bu the end of the day, Im going to try to get that out and turn the cage on its side. I may go ahead and invest in the travel cage tomarrow or the day after. We live out in the country so I have no idea where she came from. The closest pet store to us is 30 minutes away 😂. If we do end up keeping her, we will for sure get a bigger cage, they seem relatively easy to take care of from what I read.
You can have some music on for her, this will likely be helpful in terms of reducing her stress levels.
The sooner you get the cage, the better as chances are high that she's not used to being used on a tank and having her in a more familiar cage would also help her in the settling in process.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
Got it. Im sure shes super confused by the cage. Ill try to grab one tonight if I get off work in time to drive up there. We managed to turn the cage on its side this morning and get the birdfood out. One of us had to hold her (which I know she is supposed to be left alone until she trusts us but she was slaming all into the sides of the cage and we thought it would be best if she was secured so she didnt injure herself). Ill try to play music while im gone today and ill try to get that cage. We may have to wrap the outside in chicken wire though. We have cats in the house and if they sneak into the room I want to make sure they dont do any harm, usually they just watch though. We have a chinchilla also and thats how we had to secjre his cage
Got it! Ill be sure to go through those tonight. She is away from the cats now, Im just worried about them slipping in at some point. If we wrap the cage though shell be fine. We are also thinking about getting a hanging cage so its out of the cats eyesight where they to ever get in by accident. Ill be sure to keep youll posted and ask if I cant gind the answer to any questions 😄
Hanging cages generally aren't the best--since the bird is exposed on all sides it makes them insecure. Since the recommended width between wire on the cage is 1/2", it will be safe from cats if they manage to break into her room.
I have found Native American Indian flute music to be among the most soothing for stressed birds. Cover the cage on three sides with a towel for a while to make her feel safer--that's in the stickies, but I know it's a lot of reading to get through all at once.
The pet store will have a certain percent of bird supplies...that are no longer recommended for birds. Bizarre, I know, but the case.... Don't let them sell you a lot of supplies until you figure out what's what!