Bourkes as pets?
Posted 11 December 2011 - 05:07 AM
Well I have an opportunity to adopt a young hand-reared bourkes parrot.
I've been searching around the internet but haven't been able to find much infomation that i need.
So I thought I'd post some questions and see if anyone could answer:
1) What type of cage is best? Bar spacings? Size?
2) What type of diet is best for them?
Any help would be appreciated!
Posted 11 December 2011 - 03:38 PM
A good diet would include a "parakeet" seed blend, some pellets, grains, legumes, vegetables, some fruits and sprouted seeds. Pellets should not take up more than 50% of the diet.
I actually feed my bourke a cockatiel seed blend as I have mostly cockatiels. Sometimes I might add in a budgie or finch mix for variety and all of them seem to enjoy it just fine! Current pellets are Harrison's HP Fine, although they've eaten Roudybush, Zupreem and TOP's before. Fresh/cooked foods vary depending on what I have on hand and what I pick up at the store, although I try to do something like 30% grains, 15% legumes, 45% vegetables and 10% fruits.
Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:52 PM
I'm always amazed that Bourkes aren't more popular in the pet world, as they are quiet and (in my experience) affectionate and playful. Sidney loves preening us, and seems to enjoy when we preen him back (rubbing the back of his neck and head with the tip of our nose).
Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:57 PM
Posted 02 January 2012 - 08:51 PM
Posted 05 January 2012 - 12:35 AM
I just realized that you also asked about diet. I feed my Bourke and Cockatiel Roudybush maintenance mini pellets as well as fresh fruit and veggies, cooked food in the morning (we mix it up based on what the bird store has in stock) and pizza crust. We give them very little seed, using it as a treat and/or reward.
I've read quite a lot that small parrots *need* seeds in their diet and that too much pellets are *not* good for the little guys. In fact, I got hounded on a little at my a-vets office for saying I was feeding over 50% pellets (a couple of birds were not feeling well, figured they could do with the extra nutrition!). So, I'm curious, are you feeding sprouted seeds at all for fresh food? Or is all seeds predominantly as treats? And how much of the diet would you say consists of pellets?
Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:04 PM
Posted 05 January 2012 - 08:58 PM
I'd love to know if Sidney is still around in 5 or 10 years! Rarely ever hear of any "old" bourkes!
Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:33 PM
Also, I'm happy to hear your Bourke is 15, and hoping the vet got all of the cancer and she won't need any more surgery. It often amazes me how a 26g bird can put such a tight hold on our hearts.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 09:15 PM
Being that Sidney is already 10 years, you're doing something right! And I think he probably will live a good long life!
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