How Long Do Parakeets Live?

This article was last updated on 1 October 2021

How Long Do Parakeets Live?

This article will answer the common questions related to having a parakeet including how long do parakeets live.

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How Long Do Parakeets Live?

On average, parakeets live for 5 to 10 years in captivity, and often longer if they are well looked after in a clean cage.  Things that can shorten their lifespan include obesity and inbreeding.

Therefore, a well looked after ‘keet’, as they are also known can be a nice bird pet for a decent amount of time. 

In terms of their typical lifecycle, parakeets can start to breed from around six months of age. However, it is advisable to wait until they are at least 12 months old, as this is when their little bodies are fully mature.   

When they do start to breed, they typically lay eggs in clutches of 3-5 and will then leave the nest after a month and a half., leaving the chicks to fend for themselves.

They can then live for up to 10 years, like most other birds.  However, some can also live up to 14 years.

Here is a useful video about the life of a parakeet.

How long do parakeets live in captivity?

On average, a plain parakeet that is well looked after can live between 6 and 12 years in captivity. This is higher than if they were in the wild.   The number of years they live will also depend on the type of care you give your parakeet, including whether you interact with them and give them a toy to play with.

What factors impact the life expectancy for a parakeet?

The factors that can impact how long a pet parakeet lives can be broken down in to these areas:

1 – Their environment

Parakeets, like other budgies, have complex respiratory systems, and they are easily affected by things like fumes, air pollution, everyday household cleaners, cigar smoke etc.

Budgies and parakeets are a delicate bird, and they can startle easily.  Anyone that has a parakeet will know that sudden noises can cause them to fly into cage bars which can lead to traumatic and potentially life threatening  injuries.

2 – Their diet

A healthy diet is very important to keep your parakeet free from disease. Die to their slender build, a pet parakeet has low fat reserves.  Consequently, if they missed a meal or didn’t drink enough water, this could quickly translate into health problems or serious dehydration. 

3 – Their living space

Parakeets will normally live in a cage.  A small, dirty cage can make your parakeet feel trapped.  Therefore, these conditions will expose it to illnesses.   If, as mentioned above, they become startled, a small cage means they dont have much room, so if they do fly in to it, it is likely to cause broken bones. 

What Is Poisonous to Parakeets?

What should you know about your parakeet

Parakeets are small colorful birds. As mentioned above, they are often called budgies or budgerigars to give them their full name.

A parakeet is a member of the parrot family.  Due to their size they are a great first pet for both adults and children.   They are also passive birds which means they are tame and not a danger to children, which means you can take care of them easily.

Whilst parakeets can be found all over the world nowadays, they are actually native to Australia, where they can be found living in the wild with large groups of other birds.   This is why it’s a good idea to keep them in pairs or small groups when in captivity.

It is also advisable to keep either groups of males or females, as otherwise they will breed and you could end up with more budgies than you need.  

What Is Poisonous to Parakeets?

Parakeets can unfortunately die both unexpectedly and quickly.  Often there is nothing that you can pinpoint the reason to.  Due to their size they can be fragile so often what can cause their death is that they have eaten something that they should not have done. 

What do parakeets usually die from?

Parakeets can die without any symptoms from many types of diseases. More common types include Chlamydiosis and parrot fever. In addition to this, they can also die of old age or tumours, which you won’t know until they die, or even illnesses like arthritis. 

The more common types of diseases can affect all types of birds , and not just parakeets, and they are often transmitted from healthy birds carrying the dormant organism. You might find that your parakeet might seem lethargic or not eat their food.

Do parakeets need to be covered at night

Parakeets require at least 8 hours of undisturbed sleep each night. However, this means that you should not cover your parakeets cage at all times.  It is advisable to cover your birds cage only whilst they are asleep.  

Is it better to have 2 parakeets?

Is it better to have 2 parakeets?

The simple answer to this is ‘Yes’.  Parakeets are naturally very social creatures and great pets, and they enjoy the company of other parakeets, as well as humans when in captivity. Ideally you should have two birds, so they can interact with each other.  If you cannot do this, then make sure you spend plenty of time with it, for example when giving them their food. 

Do parakeets recognize their owners?

Parakeets, amongst birds,  are regarded as an intelligent species.  One of the reasons for this is that they have an established voice recognition ability. This means that they can recognize their owners’ voices when in captivity. 

Any parakeet owner will tell you like they interact with their pet owner so this again helps prove they do recognize their owners. 

Do parakeets like being petted?

Whilst not all birds like to be petter, parakeets, alongside other parrots and budgies are happy for you to touch and stroke them.   However, this is not a golden rule, and you may find some that, due to their own personalities, do not like this.  However, you can work with your bird and see if you can get them used to you.

Why do parakeets puff up?

A parakeet might fluff up as it is looking to trap as much air as possible in their feathers. This is because the more air they trap, the warmer they can become. This is especially true if they are in a cold room.  If you do find your parakeet puffing up then we would recommend increasing the heat in their room.  

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