Parakeets are great pets for people who want to try having birds as pets for the first time. As with any pet, you should consider how long a parakeet will live before bringing one home. Parakeets are friendly and exciting birds but need a lot of care.
The budgerigar also called a “budgie,” is the most common parakeet kept as a pet. Budgies can live between 7 and 15 years if kept as pets. This is almost twice as long as a wild budgie would live. Budgies can live between 4 and 6 years in the wild because they can be eaten.
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What Makes Some Parakeets Live Longer Than Others?
Many things can affect how long a parakeet can live. Reasonable care is essential because if a parakeet doesn’t get good care, its life span can be cut in half or more.
Another important thing is nutrition. There are many different diets for parakeets, and your budgie needs a well-balanced one to live a whole life.
The disease also affects how long a parakeet will live. Most of the time, parakeets have:
- Scaly legs or face (Knemokotopes mites)
- Chronic egg laying
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Granivores are animals that only eat grains and seeds. In captivity, grain and seeds are not eaten the same way as in the wild. Most of the time, wild parakeets eat grass seeds, chenopod seeds, and grain crops. Even though parakeets can quickly get all kinds of food sources, many don’t have enough protein, vitamins, and minerals to help them live longer lives.
When their diets aren’t balanced, parakeets can get several diseases. There isn’t enough calcium and vitamin A in many seed diets. To avoid nutritional diseases, it’s best to eat a balanced diet of pellets. Seeds and millet can be used to encourage animals to graze as a form of behavioral enrichment.
Parakeet Habitat Recommendations
Parakeets should have the most significant space possible to live in. The length and width of the cage should be at least 18 inches. A cell with a lot of floor space is more critical for parakeets. This will make it easier for animals to do things like foraging. The distance between the bars of a cage should be about 3/8 inches.
Parakeets should have various perches of different sizes and face different directions to help them feel more at home. The nest size should be between 3/8 and 3/4 of an inch. Other soft or smooth materials can be used to make perches. If the perches are made of rough materials, the bird’s feet could get hurt, so check each before putting it in the cage.
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