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Rescued kakariki, question?

Hi! About a week ago this green little thing came flying into our backyard. We managed to catch it (even though it was quite tame anyhow), and since no owner has called in yet I've decided to give it a home with me.

I have a few questions however... could anyone tell me how old I can estimate for him (I think it's a 'he') to be?




Thus far the birdie is doing quite well, eating, drinking, pooping and sleeping. My female budgie gets along pretty well (ie: they tolerate each other). Is there anything I should know about kakariki's that is completely different from budgie care? :budgie:

Hope to get some answers here!
He's been dubbed 'Houdini', by the way, considering he's quite an escapist...
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Hello and welcome to the forum

I've actually written a blog post about keeping the red fronted Kakariki, it may help you out a little bit ~ http://aviancentral.blogspot.co.uk/2...-kakariki.html

Judging from that little fleck of yellow behind the red on his crown, I'm thinking he may have a bit of hybrid in him, just a little. A lot of people accidentally cross the yellow fronted and red fronted

I personally would not have put him anywhere near your current bird, for quarantine reasons. He could have picked something up while he was outside or he could have already had something, it's not worth the risk. Birds are extremely good at hiding illness and from my experience with kakarikis, I know they're very very good at it. Being such an active bird, even lower energy can still make them appear fine as they're just that bit more hyper than most species

It has also only been a week, somebody may still be looking for him. What methods have you tried to find his owner? There's fliers, newspaper ads, website ads, Facebook posts, asking vets and rescues if anybody has come forward, ParrotAlert etc. I highly recommend ParrotAlert. I have used them before and have found it very useful. Just make sure you don't post a picture of him with any found ads as anybody can claim to be his owner unless he is wearing a ring and they know the ring details

I definitely think he was somebody's companion parrot, as opposed to being an aviary bird. For you to get that close to him without him flying or running away he must be. They are very fast and flighty birds

Judging from the photos I would say he was still a young bird but definitely not a baby. I'm also sure he's male too

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Hi! He has been kept in 'quarantine' for about a week, and he's been signed up for an apt with the vet to be checked out thoroughly. Truthfully, I've been a little hasty and I hope that won't come back to bite me (and my budgie). Thank you for your concern.

I live in the Netherlands which, luckily, has a few very good online mediums when it comes to missing animals. He's been put on the national as well as local 'lost pet' sites, as well as our village's site. It's a small town I live in, so there's little need to put up flyers... all I had to do was walk outside and ask around, and sooner or later the entire town knew I had found a bird, haha. He is kind of shy though and only sticks around when I offer him food in my hand (he is afraid of hands/humans etc), so I'm not sure about him being a companion bird... but hey, who knows.

Thank you! I've just started reading your blog post and am really picking up on some good information. I'll try and see to make things as comfortable for him as I possibly can.

EDIT: Oops, I noticed your blog said they should not be kept with other species of birds... I already own a budgie as stated in the first post and I have their cages open all day long so they can 'avoid' each other if needed. Would that be okay?

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No problem! I've been stung by some very nasty bird illnesses that I always thought were uncommon but honestly, they're far more common than we think. I've lost quite a few birds from not being more careful with disease testing. I always thought that keeping them separate would have been enough but it certainly isn't Just going off my first hand experience, I wouldn't want anybody else to have to deal with it

Kakarikis are definitely not a hands on bird, even when hand raised. They may follow you around a little bit and take food from you but they don't like to be held or cuddled, they're too active for us I think they find us boring because they usually move on to something else quickly It's good that you've been looking around, hopefully word will spread and it may reach the owner but you seem prepared to look after him in the long run anyway, which is good!

As long as you supervise them both you'll be fine. They don't do too good being housed with other parrot species as they can be bullied but if you're just letting them have out of cage time together and you can keep an eye on them then I wouldn't worry

On another note, I visited Amsterdam last year from the UK and I cannot believe how friendly everybody in the Netherlands is I'm going again in October, I fell in love! I would love to explore more of the place and not just Amsterdam but it's hard when you've not got any transport!

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I did not fall off the face of the earth, life has just kept my busy. Sorry!

The ride to the vet was, to me, quite stressful. I had to strap Houdini's cage into my car and whatnot, all the while making sure I didn't break anything or freak him out. He was pretty calm and curious, hopping to the branches in his cage where most sunlight would hit him. Even at the vet's place he was super relaxed. He took some moments to adjust to the new space around him, but he swiftly began making his funny call that drew chuckles and laughs from the nurses :^) what a charmer!

The vet checked him out. Houdini bit him a few times, but nothing too serious (I would bite too if some giant hand would grab onto me and poke me). The vet agreed on the sex, Houdini is indeed a male. He couldn't find anything out of the ordinary, so he just gave me a worm cure (I don't know if that is the right word) to make sure he didn't catch anything while he was flying outside. The vet guessed Houdini is an adult bird, though it's impossible to tell exactly how old. Also, he was supposedly a little on the skinny side, so I've been given permission to bring out the sunflower seeds!

It's been a few weeks and he's completely settled. He's still quite shy around me, but then again I've had to catch him two times in the past weeks to give him his medicine (which was... quite an achievement). He'll go into his cage on his own when it gets dark out, which is convenient. So far he has warmed up considerably to Pacha, my budgie, allowing her closer each time. He does eat from my hand every so often, though he remains suspicious and will only take one bite before shuffling further away (or he will take whatever I'm holding out for him and fly off).

I've tried providing him with a bath each day, which he really enjoys. He's quite picky when it comes to food (I tried offering him millet, but he fully ignores it in favor of mixed parrot seeds), but he'll kill for a grape or a piece of tangerine. Lately he's started being a little pest by flying straight for your face and whizzing over your hair. I swear I can hear him snickering to himself when he's settled on top of my hanging lamp (and out of reach). He's quite a bird alright!

And hey Catalinadee, have you ever been to the Keukenhof? It's a lovely place, though October might be a bit late into the season because most flowers will have blossomed by then... Have a great time exploring the Netherlands!
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No I haven't but I will certainly be doing some googling

It sounds like your trip went quite well, for him at least Sounds like everything is going smoothly to me though

Kakarikis love to whizz around you and they certainly know you can't reach them in certain places. My kakarikis aviary opens up into another aviary, but every single time I open the door to his he has to do a few laps around the other. I used to attempt to catch him, until I realised it was a game He now comes out, rushes back and forth, goes back in once the food is in there and he knows he's got some goodies! Cheeky boy. Yours will start to play you up

My kakarikis have broken ice to have a bath in the winter so if you can give him a nice big bowl I'm sure he will use it all the time, easier than you misting him!

As for the food and being picky, try him on grated vegetables! Also dried chillies. Ralph absolutely loves them! His favourite things are anything orange. I grate him some carrot and he loves me for a while until it wears off and I have to bring him more haha

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I would suggest a much larger cage for him than the one in the picture if you end up keeping him. that one if fine for a sleep cage but if he ever has to spend much time in it while awake it is too small. A general rule of thumb for the minimum size cage needed is four times the length of the bird. I actually learned that the cage was supposed to be twice the wingspan of the bird and I also learned that with most birds their wingspan is twice their length, which is how I arrived at 4 times the length of the bird. I hope that this will help.
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