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Re: Anyone know anything about Kakarikis?

Postby Jenny » Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:32 pm

Shani wrote: ... before I joined this forum, I was just ecstatic I was getting a cockatiel. I still am, don't get me wrong, but you've all got such a variety of parrots, and I've turned into a little kid going "I want this one, and this one, and this one!" I blame you guys <3 Crazy bird-ladydom, here I come :lol:

I'm right there w/ya. sheesh!
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Re: Anyone know anything about Kakarikis?

Postby pchela » Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:51 pm

Yeah... parrots are addictive. I fell into that trap too. Did I mention that two birds has turned into 3 and possibly about to be 4?
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Re: Anyone know anything about Kakarikis?

Postby Shani » Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:47 am

pchela wrote:Yeah... parrots are addictive. I fell into that trap too. Did I mention that two birds has turned into 3 and possibly about to be 4?

They are, but what a great addiction to have.
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Re: Anyone know anything about Kakarikis?

Postby Lquan » Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:25 pm

I got Lily in July. I find myself building an outdoor aviary right now. :lol:
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Re: Anyone know anything about Kakarikis?

Postby Kermit » Wed May 28, 2014 8:34 pm

I have two kakarikis. They are very sweet and cute. You should get them. Some like to be held although it depends on the bird. If you need any tips or have any questions ask me.
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Re: Anyone know anything about Kakarikis?

Postby suec » Sat Jun 07, 2014 5:45 pm

i have one .. she is into everything and just when you have hoovered up .. she has a bath and then throws seed all over the floor... but .. she is adorable .. fast at flying and we let her and the others out a lot. She gets on well with my cockateils and my Rosella. She will try all sorts of fruit.. veg ... They are a lovely bird they do need a lot of flying time and if you dont mind the mess i would recommend to anyone. :greycockatiel:
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Re: Anyone know anything about Kakarikis?

Postby quiver » Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:46 pm

I have a kakariki, she is 14 week old and has been hand reared,
These are brilliant little birds to have and very easy to tame if bought from a baby,
Yes they can be messy but 5 min with a hoover is nothing compered to the
joy they give you,
Yes they do make a noise but it's not a unpleasant noise,
I keep the cage door open from 8am to 8pm she can come out and fly when ever she wants,
She likes to be on my shoulder or head, takes food out my hand and likes to have her tummy rubbed,
I feed her parakeet food and train her with sun flower seeds,
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Re: Anyone know anything about Kakarikis?

Postby Wolf » Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:33 pm

Hi Quiver, most of what you said about your bird is absolutely wonderful, but I wonder if a budgie seed mix and sunflower seeds are all that you are feeding her as this is not a very good daily diet for any parrot and rubbing a birds tummy is a no-no as it excites them sexually. I don't want to discourage you in any way, but we can help you with your birds diet if you want us to.
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Re: Anyone know anything about Kakarikis?

Postby Pajarita » Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:46 am

Hi, Quiver and welcome to the forum! I am afraid that Wolf is correct, you can't touch a bird's belly - actually, you can't touch a bird anywhere but on its head, neck and cheeks. You also cannot free-feed seeds to any parrot. Not that seeds are bad for them because, if you choose the right kind (and you did because a budgie mix is perfect for a kakariki) and feed them judiciously (and this is where the 'no free-feeding' comes), they are a perfectly good food for them. Now, kakarikis natural diet consists of berries, seeds, fruit and insects and, as they are ground foragers, when you read 'seeds' it means grass seeds, which are low in protein AND fat so sunflowers are really way too high in fat for them and, given their small size, a couple of sunflower seeds would, pretty much, fill half their crop (not good) so I suggest you start using safflower seeds as treats or, even better, tiny slivers of nuts, making sure you are feeding the seeds only for dinner. You are feeding the baby soft foods, right? Ah, one more thing, although they do eat insects, they cannot be replaced by meat like chicken, beef, pork, etc. You can get freezedried mealworms (don't use the 'fresh' ones, there is a risk of salmonella and they have way too much fat in them) but only for the breeding season -which is long gone by now.
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