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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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  • 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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  • 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 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 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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 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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  • Q: What are some types of pet birds?

    A: Some popular pet birds include cockatiels, parrots, cockatoos, parakeets and conures. Other pet birds are the amazon, lovebird and macaw. Among the different types of parrots, the African grey parrot is one of the most popular types.
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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: 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: Where can you find baby tigers for adoption?

    A: Baby tigers can be symbolically adopted through zoos and wildlife foundations, and the fees go to the animals' welfare and conservation. Actually adopting a tiger as a pet is much more difficult and will likely violate federal, state or local laws.
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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: 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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  • How do you care for a cockatiel?

    Q: How do you care for a cockatiel?

    A: The basics requirements for cockatiel care include the provision of a varied diet, water, exercise, a clean living area and companionship. Because cockatiels live up to 25 years, caring for the birds requires patience and commitment. A proper diet for a cockatiel includes fresh fruits and vegetables, bird food and seeds. Because the birds sleep up to 12 hours a day and are afraid of loud noises, they need a quiet living space.
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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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  • Q: What laws apply in Texas with regard to game roosters?

    A: House Bill 1043, passed in 2011, prohibits the possession of birds intended for fighting, as well as prohibiting attendance of cockfights in Texas, according to the Humane Society of the United States. In addition, the bill outlawed the possession or sale of weapons intended for use in cockfighting.
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