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I inherited a rosey bourke male
I have been raising animals for over 40 years and never owned a bourke. I've bread dogs, cats, hyacin mccaws, tiels, all the african parrots but have to admit, besides making spelling errors, lol, I am learning about the smaller birds.
I am presently breeding finches, zebras and societies. My male bourke named rockie is beautiful. No matter what bird store you go to you get that may different answers as to what to feed them to if they like toys.
With regular parakeets, you just enjoyed watching and some interacting. With Rockie, he has his good days and bad days. I have a large play gym for him to play on and seems happy, I think. Are they birds that shouldn't be allow? Do they need human attention? I have the time to do whatever is needed. I just need some guidance regarding food and playtime.
When he first came to my house, the lady down the street gave me tiel food for him. He didn't eat the big pieces. Then I got a different food, mostly seeds and different millets. Went to the local canary shop and she told me I was basically feeding him junk. She mixes her own and Rockie loves it. Would love to hear what others are feeding their birds.
Do your bourkes like to take baths? Mine doesn't so I spray him every other day to keep him clean. Any suggestions would be appreciated.