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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-20-2012, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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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.

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They need plenty of variety in their diet, so as well as the smaller seeds you should be offering all of the things a larger parrot would eat, only chopped up finer. Loads of dark leafy vegetables as well as fruit, grains and pulses etc.

Spraying down your Bourke will be fine providing he enjoys it, don't scare him with it though. If he freaks out just leave it. Birds preen a lot so he will take care of his feathers

Your bird needs handling often in order to keep him tame. If you don't handle him he may become fearful when you come near him because over time they seem to grow out of liking you. As long as they're handled often they remain tame. Handle him for a while at least once a day and while you're in the same room as him to supervise just let him out of his cage for exercise and he will go onto his play gym

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If you want him to be tame then you need to handle him everyday, Bourkes can be very flighty birds at the best of times. If your not bothered about him being tame then you can let him do his own thing, they are social birds though so will need some interaction if he doesn't have one of his own kind to socialise with.

Diet wise mine are fed on a mix of Budgie Tonic and Canary Mix, I tried them on tiel food but they didn't bother with the larger seeds and didn't touch sunflower.
They also get fresh veg daily, eggfood and a frutti patte which is like an eggfood. You can cook for them like you would a larger parrot as well.

Mine like taking baths so I have no need to spray mine but if yours isn't a bath fan and enjoys being sprayed then it is fine to continue to do so

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Bourkes are lovely little birds. However I don't just watch my budgie, he has good and bad days too. He is a very loving and affectionate bird, loves to be on me giving kisses and preening me and talking to me (he says pretty bird, achoo, Bertie(his friends name)scooby doo, good bertie boy and others)he is a very interactive little parrot.
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