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I don't know what I am doing wrong for my parakeet #403691 08/03/10 05:15 AM
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We are now on our 3rd one. We bought one for my little one on his b-day, about 3 months later he died. Apparently his location was too close to the windows and the sunlight, so we got another one, and my kids didn't give him enough food. so we got another one and today he died. My kids said that he looked really fat yesterday, and this morning he was gone already. I don't know if we did something wrong, or what. The only thing I can think of was I sprayed that Carpet Fresh on my carpets 2 days ago. I don't know if that would harm him or why he would look so fat all of a sudden. Any help is appreciated.

Re: I don't know what I am doing wrong for my parakeet [Re: minjies] #403694 08/03/10 01:30 PM
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your kids didnt give him enough food...they are kids...you should of been making sure that bird was taken care of...dont know what your doing wrong ...just telling us all your keets keep dying isnt enough of information...and carpet fresh didnt kill the last one but it sure dont help to use any sort of chemicals around the birds or place them in a kitchen or by windows or doors where there is also drafts etc.

Try buying the bird books for some information on how to take care of birds...that be the MINIMUM of information YOU should of first done.

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Re: I don't know what I am doing wrong for my parakeet [Re: illusive Fantasy] #403696 08/03/10 01:53 PM
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How old are your kids?? Regardless of how old they are, they are still kids, and you should be checking on the bird to be sure it is fed and has fresh water. Food and water HAS to be checked and changed twice daily. With the food..sometimes it APPEARS that the seed cup is full, but it's really just empty seed hulls. Dishes also have to be cleaned regularly so they don't get sick from bacteria build up. Same with toys, perches and the cage itself.
For cleaning you can use apple cider vinegar and water or something called GSE-grapefruit seed extract. They are both non toxic and kill bacteria.

Like illusive said, in front of window is no good. Could be too hot from too much sun, and also DRAFTS are especially bad for keets.
Any type of cleaning products or air fresheners can not be used around them! Carpet fresh is a big NO NO. Another thing in case you were unaware is that Non stick cookware is toxic to them.

As for him looking "fat" all of a sudden, he was probably puffed up.feathers puffed up. Which can be a sign of illness.
They will puff up if they are cold, or sometimes when getting ready to nap...but if they are puffed for long time or frequently-it's usually a sing of illness.

I would suggest you do lots of research before getting another keet. And YOU will have to be responsible right along with the kids.
You can learn a lot right here on this forum. Browse around, read different threads..ask any questions you might have.




Re: I don't know what I am doing wrong for my parakeet [Re: kksuns] #403703 08/03/10 07:37 PM
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Kksuns and Illusive are so right! Lots of research is required before purchasing any bird. A lot of people everywhere think that owning a bird will be like owning a hamster or a guinea pig, but the truth is that any bird takes a lot of responsibility. If you take good care of them, they can live to be 15 to 20 years old - parakeets, anyway.

I am sad to hear that your parakeets had to die so young. I am hoping that you can start over with your next one if you decide to do so. Many of us here may seem "crazy", but in all honesty we are just concerned about the bird's safety and health.

Keeping him/her by a window is not good and neither is carpet cleaner or any chemicals around birds. Also, Teflon pans aren't good either if your bird was by the kitchen. Teflon is also bad for humans as well. If your bird was looking "fat", then he was probably very ill. If you didn't know, parakeets require regular avian vet attention just like a cat or a dog. You should look up a local avian vet near you. If you can not find an avian vet, then call around to see if a clinic does birds - it's better than no vet at all, you know. : )

Update us on what you decide and how your research is going! You can educate your kids as well. You never know, it could be fun! Then, you and your kids can properly take care of your bird together. : ) Good luck!




Re: I don't know what I am doing wrong for my parakeet [Re: Jessica Cole] #403833 08/10/10 05:25 PM
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Does puffing up is like when the bird is shakin there feathers or something like that (sorry if i dont find the good words for it Im really french) and if the puff stops then is it okay? I mean if it stays like that for 4/5 seconds? but after they go normal, its not a problem right?


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