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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 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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  • 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 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 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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Q: Do parakeets talk?

    A: Parakeets have the ability to speak hundreds of words and phrases, if taught by their owners. Parakeets are one of the most talented parrot species in terms of speech abilities.
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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 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: 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 is the average lifespan of a parakeet?

    A: Parakeets, also known as budgerigars or "budgies," can live up to 20 years, but 12 to 14 years is more likely. English parakeets and those that are kept in captivity tend to have shorter lifespans and may only live 5 to 8 years. Just like with any other animal, the lifespan depends on a variety of genetic and environmental factors.
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  • What are some unique facts about parakeets?

    Q: What are some unique facts about parakeets?

    A: The parakeet is the most commonly owned bird in the world, in part due to the fact that these birds entertain people by speaking words and phrases. A parakeet is part of the parrot species. Of all the parrot species, the parakeet has the largest vocabulary.
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  • Q: How do you care for African grey parrots?

    A: Caring for an African grey parrot requires a long-term commitment and being attentive and sensitive to the bird’s physical and emotional needs, as well as its longevity. African greys have a lifespan of up to 80 years. They are highly intelligent, loyal birds with personalities that require stimulation and interaction and an owner who is willing to devote the time to them that they need.
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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: What are some ways to get a lovebird for free?

    A: To find a free lovebird, search Adopt-a-Pet.com, Pet Classifieds.us, and Pet Finder.com. These sites may feature birds that are for sale, surrendered by their owners or up for adoption.
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  • Q: Where are singing canaries sold in pet stores bred?

    A: Singing canaries sold in pet stores are bred in countries around the world, including the United States, Germany, Russia and Spain. Each of these popular breeds of singing canaries has a distinct appearance and singing style.
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