Sprocket is changing colour 😁

Captain

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Hi everyine
I just thought I would update everyone on Sprckets progress. He is well into getting his new feathers now and they are coming through with a lovely satiny yellow shade. His cinnamon grey bits are also changing and becoming a bit more blue. He still looks a bit like a little Stilton cheese but at least the washed out grey white colour has gone now. I just wish his tail feathers would come through. The ones he has are awful. I will try to get a picture for you x k
 

Michael Reynolds

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its good to get an update on your stilton cheese sprocket, I will love to see a photo of your Kakariki now as he sounds gorgeous
 

Captain

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Hi Everyone
Sprocket is back from his holiday with my friend. He enjoyed being in her house as it is full of children dogs and neighbours always coming and going so he had constant company and entertainment. He has also settled into his new indoor aviary which is big enough for him to fly around in. He seems very happy. I am considering enquiring if the local parrot rescue have any kaks needing re homing so he can have a little friend. Does anyone know if kakarikis make friends readily or if they are particular about choosing a friend and cage companion
 

Michael Reynolds

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like humans not every bird will like another, but i would not put two females together as serious problems of fighting may happen.
 

DizzyBlue

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I have kaks as well as budgies and cockatiels living together rather than risk two kaks being same sex and having arguments or a pair breeding how about a cockatiel?
RSPCA often have strays for rehoming on their website.
 

Captain

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It's a good idea but I shared a flat many years ago with a girl who had two cocktails George and Mildred and they would wake up every morning at the crack of dawn screeching and bawling their heads off so I am a bit wary of cockatiels. I know they are lovely birds but I just don't think i could cope with the racket 😊
 

Captain

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Good idea I have had budgies before and they are lovely. If I could find a rescue I would definately get one. I just hope he wouldn't bully it he is a characterful chap. Thanks for the suggestion.
 

Captain

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Hi everyone hope everything is well in the bird world. Sprocket is working his way through a big moult and is as grumpy as he can be. I have some plumage spray with tea tree oil but am a bit reluctant to use it in case he preens it off and damages his tummy. I have been misting him and offering him lots of baths which he seems to enjoy. He even got quite cross when I was cleaning his cage out and tried to bite me. I had to distract him with a dried chilli while I got the cage finished.
I have been looking into getting a budgie and have found a bird rescue in Blackpool who have lots of budgies needing fostering. I am just waiting for sprocket to go back to his usual non aggressive mood before I try to introduce another flock member.
One question I had if anyone would be kind enough to advise me is I was always told to restrict the amount of fresh food budgies get as it can cause diarrhoea but if the budgie is sharing a cage with sprocket who has a bowl of fresh food every day how do i reconcile the different feeding regimes?
 

Michael Reynolds

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when you say fresh food so much depends on what food, grasses, dandelion and some other plants taken from your garden away from traffic is far better for a budgie than foods bought , there are many safe plants like chick weed or clover leaf you can use. my budgies just love the fresh feed i give them, even things like millet can be sprouted and is a great treat, Ok giving fresh feed can make a budgies poop a little wetter but should not make it much different than its currant poop.
 

Captain

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That's good to know I have always been told to restrict budgies fresh food so it's great that I don't have to worry about it. Thanks for the advice k
 
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