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Thread Description:Handraised Turquoisine Parakeet! Also with info about the species and images!

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Hi all!
Wow I've been gone for some time huh? Been busy settling into my home in the city and starting out at my new University. (It's my second time and as a 20 year old I'm a bit wiser so not so bad!) Had to move away from my budgies however, and I'm surprised how much I am missing them, even though they are aviary birds... Guess it was nice just to be able to go out and watch their antics.
Anyway, I managed to wrangle permission for a smaller, quiet bird here at my private boarding house, and after a long search for a suitable species I found the Grass Parakeets! Perfect quiet little darlings! The matter of finding a handraised one was harder but I did manage to find the one breeder up north who was doing it with her Turqoisines.
One of the wee bubs bellow will be coming to me in two weeks time! This is the only photo I have so far, they are older than this now. All three are Lutino boys, now they are older the male's signature red bar on the wings has appeared. They have been fully handraised and I am told are all extremely friendly and cuddly.



I've booked his overnight pet courier and have his nice large cage and all accessories and food. Now I just have to wait! Very excited to have him here. No idea on a name yet though!

A shame there is so little info about these guys as indoor pets out there, I have no idea what toys they like or anything so I got a few different ones to swap out. I will be using this thread as a journal once he's here to keep track of things, and so maybe one day it will be helpful to someone else looking to get one of these lovely birds...

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Above image is an adult male and female of the natural colouration.

About Turq's as pets:
What I do know from the breeder so far, as well as general info found on the Internet (will be getting more info with next email from breeder and I will add the info here) is;

-They eat about the same stuff as a cockatiel or budgie, and enjoy seed mixes made up for both these species, as well as a range of fruit and veges. My baby is so far eating whole kernel corn, broccoli, apple and silverbeet, and enjoying the sunflower seeds in the cockatiel mix.

-When handraised they can be just as affectionate as a handraised budgie, maybe even more so, and can be quite cuddly.

-Considered one of the more aggressive of their genus, but not as aggressive as budgies, also more active than others species in the genus.

-They like spending time on the ground, as they would forage there in the wild, and can run pretty fast.

- These parakeets also mature slower than the other grass keets. Although they can breed as one-year olds, they are better parents by the age of two years old. It is best to separate fledglings from their parents as soon as they eat on their own, as males may show aggression towards their sons.

-They are usually kept solely as aviary birds, and like planted aviaries. There should only be one pair per aviary as they can show some aggression to each other during the breeding season. Peaceful with others but due to their grass parakeet natures may be targets for bulling.

-They are very quiet birds, with only a few vocalisations, none of which are particularly offensive to the ears. Calls made in flight are soft, metallic notes. Weaker, high-pitched twittering is made while feeding or at roost. A rapid, high-pitched series of short notes from male when alarmed, and lower, harsher sounds from female. As far as I know they are incapable of learning to mimic.

- They are not large birds, being about 20cms long, and weighing around 35-46 grams as adults.

-Several colour forms are seen in captivity, including a yellow, red-fronted and pied form (all recessive), and jade and Olive (dominant). Turquoisines can have red markings on their belly, which varies from bird to bird.

-Like all grass parakeets (expect Bourkes, which were recently moved to their own genus), Turqs are a part of the Neophema genus. They are known as Neophema pulchella. The birds in this genus can interbreed, and it has been done intentionally to introduce new colours.

- Their lifespan is around 10-15 years.

-The English Common Name of the Turquoise Parrot been known alternately as Chestnut-shouldered parakeet, Chestnut-shouldered grass-parakeet, Chestnut-shouldered Grass-parrot, Chestnut-winged Grass-parakeet, Chestnut-winged Grass-Parrot and Turquoisine Grass Parrot.

- If living as indoor pets they are best suited to be housed in a larger sized budgie cage or bigger so minimum of 50cm long x 50cm deep x 70cm high. (My cage is larger than this.) They do like to stretch their wings in their cages.


- They love sunbathing! See below!

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Hi, we have a scarlet chested male grass parakeet, which looks very much like the Turq. And I have read that they will cross breed with the Turq? He is not hand raised but is very gentle and is adjusting to being handled, He comes down and chats with us.His personality is developing . He likes shiny toys and bells, pine cones, millet spray, cuttle bone, mineral wheel, manu rose, sweet potato sticks, fresh broccoli, mung bean sprouts, grassland foraging mix for coccatiels, He has a quiet melodious voice, compared to Budgies.

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Hi, we have a scarlet chested male grass parakeet, which looks very much like the Turq. And I have read that they will cross breed with the Turq? He is not hand raised but is very gentle and is adjusting to being handled, He comes down and chats with us.His personality is developing . He likes shiny toys and bells, pine cones, millet spray, cuttle bone, mineral wheel, manu rose, sweet potato sticks, fresh broccoli, mung bean sprouts, grassland foraging mix for coccatiels, He has a quiet melodious voice, compared to Budgies.

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Hi Jo Ann, yes the scarlet-chested (or Splendid as we call them here) parakeets are very similar looking to the Turqs, but I think Turqs are more outgoing from what I have read. Yes I believe they do. I imagine the red-fronted colour variation in Turqs comes from cross-breeding between the two. Your boy sounds like a doll! I have read that even aviary grass keets regularly bond with their owners because of their great, friendly natures. Okay thanks for that, I'll be sure to get him a shiny toy and try some of those foods... with the pine cone to you just give it to him as is to play with, or stick food in it?
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We always struggled with turqs and scarlets thriving in our aviary as they tended to be less robust for some reason than the rest of the flock (Bourke's, cockatiels and princesses). They always seemed more skittish. Indoors might be a lot easier! Looking forward to seeing some pics and hearing how you get on.
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We always struggled with turqs and scarlets thriving in our aviary as they tended to be less robust for some reason than the rest of the flock (Bourke's, cockatiels and princesses). They always seemed more skittish. Indoors might be a lot easier! Looking forward to seeing some pics and gearing how you get on.
Yeah I have heard about many people finding grass keets fragile, and prone to infection. Some people were thinking it might be due to them spending a lot of time on the ground, or that because they tend to like fresh fruit and vege a bit more than the average budgie they are more exposed to any bacteria. Of course they might just have weaker immune systems, maybe because they haven't been domestically bred for very long compared to some other species.
I read that most grass parakeets are more shy and gentle, than in your face and outgoing like many budgies or other birds, but apparently once they trust you or are handraised they are brilliant, but you still have to be careful not to spook them because they are more sensitive.
Thanks, I'll be sure to keep everyone updated! Hopefully the breeder will send me some pics soon.
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Hi, I buy pine cones that have been coated with coconut, peas and carrots, sunflower seeds etc. from Foster and Smith vet catalog. They like the coconut best but still peck at them after the treats are all gone. My scarlet is with some bourks and he is shy of them but they get along, I gave him His very own perch opposite the bourks as they tend to perch together. They are in a large indoor cage. we put water, toys and perches at the top, leave a big space and food is on the bottom so they have room to fly up and down and they like to flutter in the air. At first we added new things very slowly -once a week- now they are a bit more curious and trusting. We are extra careful with the wet food and keeping perches clean. they like to rub their heads on a lava rock as well as the perches. We clean the lava rock by soaking in hot cyder vinegar and brush off debries with a wire brush then rinse in tap water and drain. We keep Brags ACV in all of our waterers. We also add probiotics periodically. We also give them small kabkbs to chew on. Enjoy.



We have a training net for the English babies we raise and we take them and let them have more room to fly and learn to come to a pick up stick and perch on our hands.


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Well pet courier is all booked and the breeder has given me her account number to pay her with, cage is set up and ready to go! Baby arrives in just over a week! Now I need to get a wriggle on with thinking of a name haha.
More good news being the budgie pair I set up with dad keeping a watchful eye before I left has 3 chicks! I'll get to see them over Easter so I'll be sure to take photos.
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