Parakeet found outside

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Joan Quinn :
My daughter-in-law found a Parakeet outside about five years ago. She took excellent care of it after the rescue but the keet recently died. She feels guilty about the death and feels it happened because she never got her to eat fresh food.
I told her she had no idea how old the keet was and maybe it was just her time.
Can a Parakeet die from not having fresh foods? Putting aside the benefits of fresh food isn't a good seed a complete diet.
Joan
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Paulo:
No
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Joan Quinn :
So Paulo, it is your belief that Parakeet died after five years of not having fresh food?
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Paulo:
It is possible. Only seed diet can cause serious liver problems. You can find a lot of info on line and learn the correct diet before getting another bird
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foxidrive:
Two of ours died at 5 years - they were happy and healthy and well fed.
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Anonymous:
[nq:1]My daughter-in-law found a Parakeet outside about five years ago.She took excellent care of it after the rescue but the keet recently died.She feels guilty about the death and feels it happened because she never gother to eat fresh food.[/nq]
When I was 5 (in 1963) my parents bought a parakeet. It ate an almost 100% seed diet with an occasional cracker or piece of bread now and then. Herc lived over 10 years on this diet, so I doubt that it was diet that caused the death or your DIL's birdie. Perhaps it died of old age...
dragon
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Alex Clayton:
[nq:1]My daughter-in-law found a Parakeet outside about five years ago. She took excellent care of it after the rescue but ... from not having fresh foods? Putting aside the benefits of fresh food isn't a good seed a complete diet. Joan[/nq]
The problems with heath in Parakeets, and Tiels is not so much diet, it's in breeding. Parakeets do not come in all those neat colors in the wild. This is the result of breeders, and a lot of in breeding. It's not unusual for one to live less than 10 years now. Often when you read about Tiels that live for 20 years it's a bird that lived on store bought bird seed. These birds are seed eaters in the wild. There is no way to know how old the bird was when it escaped. It was damn lucky it lived. Most of these "pet birds" that escape are soon food for a predator.

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usamistreatbirds:
[nq:1]The problems with heath in Parakeets, and Tiels is not so much diet, it's in breeding. Parakeets do not come in all those neat colors in the wild. This is the result of breeders, and a lot of in breeding.[/nq]
You do post bull-*** alex, budgie colours arent new, they have been around for many years, meaning.. there has been no need to in-breed to increase the numbers of new colours for many years.
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jmcquown:
[nq:2]The problems with heath in Parakeets, and Tiels is not ... the result of breeders, and a lot of in breeding.[/nq]
[nq:1]You do post bull-*** alex, budgie colours arent new, they have been around for many years, meaning.. there has been no need to in-breed to increase the numbers of new colours for many years.[/nq]
He's not ***ting. Wild parakeets are green and yellow, not lovely shades of violet. Sure they have been around for years but are still the result of cross-breeding to create pretty colours, which weakens the strain. The two white and yellow parakeets I had lived considerably less time than those who were true to the breed.
Having said that, I concur they eat seeds and berries in the wild and are not prone to die simply because they don't get "fresh" (whatever that means) food.
Jill
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