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Question:

December 28, 2018

picking a parakeet


My daughter was given a parakeet for Christmas. He was purchased at a local petstore, and he died two days later.. Is it better to purchase one from a breeder? And, do they have to be young to get them where you can train them to be docile and tame?


Answer:

Hi Kelly,

I’m so sorry to hear about this experience. The holidays are not a good time to get any new pet because of all the activity and extra people who are around. Kids are busy with new things, adults are distracted and a new bird can be very stressed and not eat as a result. The new parakeet may have been sick or simply didn’t eat due to stress and sadly died.

When things are back to normal after the holidays, this is a better time to look for a new pet. Pet stores can have good, healthy birds as well as breeders can, Just like anything, there can be good and bad pet stores or breeders. A young bird is best and ideally you want one that can be handled before you buy it. Some places will sell you a young bird and tell you it will tame down. Some will, some will not. To avoid another negative experience, try to find a store or breeder that has parakeets that are already tame.

Here are some links with articles that will help you get started:

Caring For Your Bird

Budgie (Parakeet)

Happy new year!

Brenda

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