adopted ringneck parakeet information

by julia

we rescued a rose-ringed parakeet from someone that couldn't take care of it anymore. it's a 17 year old male and it's pretty much all we know about him. we would like to have more information about these kind of birds in order to be able to take care of him. should we let him out of the cage at least once a day? what exactly should we feed him? does he need any kind of toys? helps us please!

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Feb 06, 2011
Adopted Ringneck parakeet
by: Linda

Julia, there is no way we can tell you everything you need to know about bird care in a few words. To help get you started on your study, here is a link I went out on the internet and found:

It is a comprehensive overview of the care, feeding, housing and toys for your bird.

The other issue that you must immediately take care of is a trip to the Avian Vet to have your bird checked out for infection, inside/outside parasites. Birds who have been outside will contract infections from other birds and/or the environment and will also usually have a variety of parasites, some outside and some inside like worms. ONLY AN AVIAN VET needs to examine, diagnose and treat your bird. Dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in the treatment of birds and will either do nothing or kill bird with overdoses of various drugs.

Food should be organic pellets like Harrisons which is carried here. Get the grind suitable for your size bird. It takes time to change seed eating birds over to pellets so here is article by Avian Vet on how to do the change. Bird MUST be seen by Avian Vet BEFORE any changes in diet or training can begin:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

As for the rest of your learning, you can read the information I provided in the link and use the internet for more information. A good book on the care, housing and other issues would also be good to have. Learning about birds takes a long time, and even after a lifetime, I learn something new all the time, so it is an ongoing experience.

To recap, take your bird to an Avian Vet, get it some decent food to eat, make sure cage is large enough and provide safe, natural branch wood perches and safe wooden toys to chew on for your size bird. Do no give your bird toys for small birds because some of the small parts can be choked on. Always make sure toys are large enough for your size bird. Branch perches can be purchased online and in some pet stores with the hardware already on them. Use inside cage dimensions to get a correct length.

Thanks for writing, and thank you for giving this bird a home in the face of you don't know what to do with him. You will learn, and you will have a friend for life, so take good care of him.


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