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According to Parakeet Care, parakeet eggs take about 18 to 20 days before they start to hatch. When they do start to hatch, the hatchlings are completely helpless and rely on their mother for around-the-clock care.

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  • Can cockatiels talk?

    Q: Can cockatiels talk?

    A: Cockatiels can be taught to talk. Although they tend to not be as talkative other species of parrots, cockatiels can learn to mimic words and phrases. A cockatiel's speaking voice is more muffled and unclear compared to that of larger parrots.
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  • How long does a yellow-sided conure parrot live?

    Q: How long does a yellow-sided conure parrot live?

    A: A yellow-sided conure parrot, commonly known as a green-cheeked conure, can live 25 to 30 years in the wild but has an average lifespan of 10 years in captivity. The birds have a lessened lifespan in captivity due to improper care and diet.
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  • How do you care for parakeet eggs when breeding birds?

    Q: How do you care for parakeet eggs when breeding birds?

    A: According to Parakeet Care, parakeet eggs take about 18 to 20 days before they start to hatch. When they do start to hatch, the hatchlings are completely helpless and rely on their mother for around-the-clock care.
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  • How long do budgies live?

    Q: How long do budgies live?

    A: An average life span for a budgie is between five and eight years, but budgies can live up to 15 years if given proper care. The full name for budgie is budgerigar. Budgies are among the smallest of the parrot species, with an overall length between 7 and 8 inches.
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  • What do you feed a baby canary?

    Q: What do you feed a baby canary?

    A: A nutritious bird hand feeding formula, such as Kaytee, fed by syringe is the best food for baby canaries and other baby birds. After feeding formula to the baby bird for a few days, add a nestling food that consists of soft seeds, egg, greens, carrots and rolled oats. The baby bird can eat the formula and nestling food together.
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  • Do female canaries sing?

    Q: Do female canaries sing?

    A: Female canaries can sing, but they don't do so as frequently, as fluently or for as long of a time as male canaries. This is because male canaries' singing behaviors are driven by their hormones, especially testosterone.
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  • How do you care for house finch babies?

    Q: How do you care for house finch babies?

    A: The Finch Information Center warns that hand-rearing baby finches often does not end in success, and is very time-consuming and tedious. If the baby does survive, its behavior as an adult towards other finches may be abnormal. It is preferable to try to find foster finch parents to try to raise a baby. If foster parents are not available, hand-rearing may be the only option.
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  • How long does a parakeet live?

    Q: How long does a parakeet live?

    A: On average, parakeets live anywhere from five to 15 years, although it is common for the pets to survive upwards of 20 years with proper care. A number of dietary factors contribute to the life expectancy of parakeets.
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  • How can you tell if a cockatiel is female or male?

    Q: How can you tell if a cockatiel is female or male?

    A: Adult male cockatiels are brighter and more vibrant in color, with brilliantly colored heads and defined, contrasting cheek patches. Females are slightly duller, with less defined patches on their cheeks.
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  • What is an albino parakeet?

    Q: What is an albino parakeet?

    A: Albino parakeets are those that exhibit a mutation in the color-producing portion of their genome. The gene that causes the mutation is called the ino gene. However, because there are two different basic colorations for parakeets—blue and green—there are two different types of albinos.
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  • How long does it take to tame a budgie?

    Q: How long does it take to tame a budgie?

    A: Budgies are usually referred to as "tamed" when they have been trained to step onto a human finger on cue and sit quietly. This normally takes about two weeks but varies with the individual bird.
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  • How can I tell if my parakeet is a boy or girl?

    Q: How can I tell if my parakeet is a boy or girl?

    A: The only way to tell for sure whether a parakeet is male or female is to have it DNA tested, states BirdTricks.com. As a rule, however, it is possible to figure out the sex of budgerigar parakeets by checking the color of the ceres, the bulging tissue above the beak.
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  • Q: Where can you purchase a talking parrot?

    A: Several parrots and related species that are capable of talking can be found on the Birds Now website. This website has ads from private owners and aviaries. Many of these birds are young and have not been trained to talk but are of species that are most able to learn.
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  • Q: How do you humanely give away an unwanted parrot?

    A: To humanely surrender a parrot, contact your local animal shelter or an avian rescue organization. You may also find a new home by contacting avian veterinarians to determine if any clients are seeking to adopt a new parrot.
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  • Where can you find free parrots for adoption?

    Q: Where can you find free parrots for adoption?

    A: Parrots can sometimes be found for adoption at the Petfinder website, or else by contacting local avian veterinarians and animal shelters; however, finding parrots for free is unlikely. Veterinarians and shelters can be located via the Association of Avian Veterinarians and the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals respectively.
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  • Q: What do budgies eat?

    A: Budgies, also known as Budgerigars birds, eat fruits, vegetation, seeds and berries in the wild as well as in captivity as pet birds. Many pet budgies have poor diets because their owners feed them pet bird food instead of providing a variety of food that matches what budgies eat in the wild.
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  • Q: How can you build your own bird cage?

    A: Build a bird cage by constructing a frame from untreated wood and enclosing the frame with stainless steel mesh. Alternatively, convert a piece of furniture, such as a wardrobe or hutch, into a bird cage or aviary by removing the sides and attaching stainless steel mesh to the frame.
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  • Q: How do you clean bird droppings?

    A: An individual can clean bird droppings from surfaces using a bleach and water solution followed by scrubbing the surfaces with soap. Some surfaces may be damaged with bleach, in which case a commercial disinfectant can do the job. Either way, protective clothing is necessary to avoid contact with the droppings.
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  • Q: What are some tips for beginners about raising bobwhite quail?

    A: Tips for raising bobwhite quail includes storing eggs in a clean incubator able to provide constant temperature control and providing chicks with moisture absorbent litter. Litters that contain sawdust may produce respiratory problems. Use game bird starter feed for chicks that are between 1 day and 6 weeks old, and use a game bird developing feed for mature birds.
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  • Q: What are some facts about the scarlet macaw?

    A: The scarlet macaw is one of the largest parrots in the world, growing to a length of up to 36 inches, with a 47-inch wingspan. It inhabits tropical forests throughout Central and South America. It is the national bird of Honduras.
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  • Q: How do you breed Zebra finches?

    A: Breeding zebra finches first requires that a pair meet the health, nesting and nutritional requirements for breeding. The birds should be free from physical defects and be at least one year old. An overall health check by a licensed veterinarian is recommended before breeding zebra finches. The minimum recommended cage size for a breeding pair of zebra finches is 24 x 24 x 24 inches.
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