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Thinking of buying a Keet :)? #397425 03/21/10 10:38 PM
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Hi!

I'm thinking of buying a keet but there is merely one question I failed to find an answer to on this forum:

How loud are keets and how can you make them quiet down?

I am a very light sleeper and I alredy have a cat who for some reason walks on me and meows in my face at night (thats ok :D) but will the parakeet sleep at night? Just curious because my parents (I'm only 15 what do you expect?) smile won't let me have any unless I can answer that question and prove that parakeets are not demon birds- my dad had two in his childhood and did not have a good experience with them and therefore he is very reluctant to get any after them frown...

P.S. My cat's name is Mashka smile


-Danny
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Re: Thinking of buying a Keet :)? [Re: Katsnkeets] #397427 03/21/10 10:54 PM
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Parakeets are pretty much sunup to sundown critters. Once the sun goes down and the cage area is dark they will go to sleep. For optimum heath and well being they need 12 hours of sleep a day.

Some use a sleep cage or move the cage at sundown if their cage is in an area where the birds can't sleep and move them back in the morning. I used to move mine into a near empty walk in closet at night.

Kudos to you for doing research in advance!!!

Please feel free to ask any questions.

Kathy

ps: please know it is unsafe to use any kind of non-stick pots and pans, oven liners or self cleaning ovens. Someone posted here just this weekend in shock that their 3 keets had suddenly died. Turns out an oven liner was to blame.

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Re: Thinking of buying a Keet :)? [Re: cyberbud] #397446 03/22/10 03:31 AM
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I did a lot of research before I got my first parakeet. : ] If you just get one then they are not that noisy. It is when you have a pair or something is when they sometimes screech at each other. Hehe!




Re: Thinking of buying a Keet :)? [Re: Jessica Cole] #397447 03/22/10 03:43 AM
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Well, they ARE loud and noisy at times! Sometimes I have to turn up the tv, but I love the noises they make. I just wanted you to know that, before you get one. They will talk to the tv, their toys, the birds outside.

Another thing, they will bite at first until you've worked with them. Maybe that's what your Dad is concerned with. The thing you have to do is not flinch or move your hand away if they do bite. You will have to just "take the bite"! When they see that biting is not going to make you leave them alone, it will stop. You have to remember that they are a tiny little thing, getting used to us giant monsters (from their point of view), and biting is their only defense.

But it is all worth it. It's very gratifying to have parakeets. Perhaps it would be best if your Dad not put his hand in the cage at first! LOL.

Generally at night they are not noisy. Just make sure your cats cannot get to them! There is another thread going right now that has very good info about how to deal with that. i think the name of that thread is Parakeet rescue-help.

Good luck and keep us posted!


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Re: Thinking of buying a Keet :)? [Re: tweetymom] #397485 03/22/10 09:50 PM
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Not to make them sound bad whistle ...

1. IF you only have one it may get depressed if you aren't there for quite some time in the day and pluck out it's feathers frown . BUT IF you do get it a buddy it won't do any harm to itself. Just make sure they know each other ex. From the same cage/ pet store.

2. Be ready for any misbehaving behavior. Like biting. crazy

3. Be sure to give it some veggies everyday to keep it healthy grin .

4. These birds of mine(I have four) nowadays usually cost me $16 each time I visit the pet store...they can be very expensive eek .

5.Get a vet bill $$ account set up for unexpected situations. Doesn't matter if it's in a jar or in a bank wink .

6. Find an 24 hour emergency Avian Vet near you close to 10 or 20 minutes away.

7. BEWARE OF BOY AND GIRL 'KEETS TOGETHER. IF you want keet babies... they are very expensive to care for and the mother too.Even BEFORE The mom lays you have to take her and him to the vet and get them checked out.And research about breeding parakeets on Lisa's website shocked .

http://www.lisashea.com/petinfo/articles/bird_breeding.html

BUT usually boy and girl 'keets get along if you buy them together(no mating, just friends). But if you introduce an older parakeet boy to a girl that is old enough to mate ... they probably will.

8. Be sure to get him/her plenty of toys and a spacey cage AND plenty of treats. Not tooooo much though.

9. Get HUMAN nail clippers and clip their nails only when they are sooo long that the bird can't stand on the perch. AND WHEN you cut them ONLY CUT THEM DOWN TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH. If you go a little tooo short just use cornstarch and a little bit of water(to make a thick paste) to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding DOESN'T STOP TAKE YOUR BIRD TO THE VET IMMEDIATELY.

10. You don't have to use fancy seed guard to keep your floors clean. The parakeet will chew on it till it's gone. Just put their food cup near the bottom of their cage and AWAY FROM A PERCH. Or just get covered food and water dishes. DO NOT GET PLASTIC SILOS FOR WATER. They leak out everywhere and you will have to keep refilling them.

11. If you get your bird's wings clipped... they'll just learn how to fly with them clipped. But if you choose to get them clipped learn how from a pet shop keeper or a you tube video.... DON'T HOLD THEM SO TIGHT OR SO HARD THAT YOU WILL HURT THEM. Here's a couple of videos that I learned from.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NftNrmu3LFo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2ogVDBAVsU&NR=1&feature=fvwp

12. Get your budgie to bed for at least 12 hours.

13. DO NOT LET YOUR BIRD OUT OF IT'S CAGE UNTIL IT IS FULLY FINGER TRAINED. It WILL fly away (many experiences).

14. If you want to get another bird later after you get your first bird (I recommend it), read Lisa's page on on introducing a new bird.

http://www.lisashea.com/petinfo/articles/bird_company.html

15. Get grit for you bird with it's food. Put it in a separate cup with their food(helps them digest).

16.There is a way to tell if your bird is a boy or a girl...

http://www.birdtricks.com/Parakeet/parakeet-gender.html

17. There's also a way to tell how old your parakeet is too...

http://www.budgieplace.com/age.html

18. Give your parakeet pellets rather than just seed.

19. BE NICE TO YOUR BIRDIE! Treat it like a human being and like a child. Tell it no and that what it's doing is wrong.

20. HAVE FUN! A budgie companion can be funny to watch and play with grin .

Other useful videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sdM5qfrT8g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl182gun2-c&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLnR-G_z8B0&feature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b93Q7E3oTc&feature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PON-h9ze-0I&feature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmukFManB6c&feature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVRVD5sQkRs&feature=channel

That's all the information I've learned since past September.Hope it helps... and no generally one parakeet is not noisy.


Parakeets are SOOOOOO better. END OF DISCUSSION.
Re: Thinking of buying a Keet :)? [Re: budgielover :)] #397490 03/22/10 10:46 PM
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That is such great information (budgielover, kudos.

I have found that if you cover your keet's cage with a towel, or sheet (i have a solid brown 70" round tablecloth) at night, they are quiet until you uncover them.

I just purchased a keet last week and he has been very very quiet. I have him quarantined right now from my other keet that we have had for 2 years. My older keet seems to chatter and sing mostly in the morning. As is gets darker in the room when the sun goes down he is very quiet. Sometimes when the TV is loud or my husband and I are talking, he decides he wants to squawk and chatter. We love it though. He is just letting us know that he's around and wants to join in.

Keets are such fun, and when you take good care of them can live long happy lives.

Have fun!!!!


Lady Vyz


Re: Thinking of buying a Keet :)? [Re: Lady Vyz] #397494 03/22/10 11:35 PM
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Oh yes ... parakeets ARE demon birds IF SOMEONE NEGLECTS TO TRAIN THEM PROPERLY. Your dad is TOTALLY wrong. And remember ... this isn't the 19th Century.


Parakeets are SOOOOOO better. END OF DISCUSSION.
Re: Thinking of buying a Keet :)? [Re: budgielover :)] #397507 03/23/10 01:07 AM
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Parakeets do not need grit to digest their food. I used to give mine grit also, because the guy at the feed store told me I should. After joining this forum, I learned that they do not need it and it is in fact bad for them.

Grit IS good for other kinds of birds, though.


Dinah, Tweetymom

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Re: Thinking of buying a Keet :)? [Re: tweetymom] #397509 03/23/10 01:10 AM
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Wow, BudgieLover, that is a GREAT post! We should all try to remember where that post is for use in future questions. Awesome.


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Re: Thinking of buying a Keet :)? [Re: jilly] #397542 03/23/10 12:15 PM
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Thanks for all of your help, very much appreciated! smile


-Danny
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Hang in there, Mashka smile
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