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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 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 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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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 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 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 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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  • 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: How do you build a pigeon cage?

    A: To build a simple pigeon cage, cut pieces of wood to make the frame and door of the cage, and add fencing wire or mesh wire between the pieces of wood to enclose the cage. Other pre-made options for pigeon cages include bird cages or extra large dog kennels.
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  • Q: How do you make homemade bird treats?

    A: To make homemade treats for wild birds, combine seeds and grains with peanut butter or lard. For instance, to make birdseed balls, tie a length of string onto a button, and heat 1/2 cup lard and 1/4 cup peanut butter until the mixture is softened and well-incorporated. Add 2 cups of assorted birdseed to the mixture, allow the mixture to cool slightly, and form the birdseed balls around the button. Use the string to hang the birdseed outdoors.
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  • Q: Where can you find canaries for sale?

    A: Buy canaries at pet stores, bird shops or through bird breeding businesses. For example, Petco and PetSmart sell canaries. It's important to buy canaries through professional, knowledgeable breeders. Certifications, such as the MAP certified breeding program, can provide assurance when selecting a breeder.
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  • Q: How do you take care of a parakeet?

    A: To take care of a parakeet, select the proper cage, choose the correct diet, bathe the bird regularly, and maintain its general health. It is also important to interact with the bird often.
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  • Q: What are some tips for caring for pet budgies?

    A: Tips for caring for pet budgies include maintaining a clean cage supplied with bird-safe accessories, protecting the bird from environmental hazards, watching carefully for signs of illness and providing opportunities for social interaction. Budgies enjoy interacting with people, but if a bird must be left alone for long periods while the family goes to work, it is advisable to add a second budgie to solve the companionship problem and contribute to both birds' health and happiness.
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  • Q: What are some tips to finding macaws for adoption?

    A: Find macaws available for adoption through general animal adoption websites, such as Petfinder.com, or via local rescue groups. Some rescue groups specialize in birds, but macaws may also be available from municipal animal shelters at times.
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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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  • 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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