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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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  • Do female canaries sing?

    Q:Do female canaries sing?

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    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 do you feed a baby canary?

    Q:What do you feed a baby canary?

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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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  • How do you care for house finch babies?

    Q:How do you care for house finch babies?

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    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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  • Can cockatiels talk?

    Q:Can cockatiels talk?

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

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

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    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 can you tell if a cockatiel is female or male?

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

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    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?

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    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?

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    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 do budgies live?

    Q:How long do budgies live?

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    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 a yellow-sided conure parrot live?

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

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    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 does a parakeet live?

    Q:How long does a parakeet live?

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    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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  • Q:What is the average lifespan of a parakeet?

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    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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  • Q:How do you care for a parrotlet?

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    When caring for a parrotlet, it's important to make sure it spends time out of the cage each day. It should also eat a healthful diet, and the cage should be large, spacious and contain enough toys to keep it happy.

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  • Q:What is a cinnamon green cheek conure?

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    A cinnamon green-cheeked conure is a small parrot that is native to Mexico and Central and South America. They congregate in groups of up to 20 birds in the wild and are social in nature.

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  • Q:What are the top 10 chicken names?

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    According to PetNames.net, the top ten chicken names are Anastasia, Katie, Aryana, Clovis, Angel, Blossom, Dixie, Chanel, Lou Ellen, Abby and Yetta. Suggested names for roosters include Ricardo, Angelo and Sherlock.

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  • Where can I buy a mynah bird?

    Q:Where can I buy a mynah bird?

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    Mynah birds can be purchased from local domestic breeders, or adopted from local animal shelters. This breed used to be imported from the wilds of Africa, Asia and Latin America. However, excessive trade and habitat destruction led Congress to ban the import of mynah and other birds in 1992, passing the Wild Bird Conservation Act.

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  • Q:How can the age of a budgie be identified?

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    Budgerigars have a few telltale signs to help determine their age, including barred feathers, changing iris rings, an excess of the melanin pigment and a clear cap. These features change depending on the age of the budgie.

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  • Q:What are some interesting facts about macaws?

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    There are 17 species of macaws, several of which scientists consider endangered. Of these species, the glaucus macaw and Spix's macaw are potentially extinct. Macaws are the largest of the parrots and weigh up to 4 pounds. The Hyacinth Macaw reaches up to 3 feet in length and has a 5-foot wingspan. Macaws use their large beaks and the bones in their tongue to forage for food.

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  • When do budgies breed?

    Q:When do budgies breed?

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    Budgies, or budgerigars, breed at any time of year. However, wild birds tend to wait until there is an abundance of seed to eat. Thus, in their Australian homeland, they frequently breed after heavy rain and increased grass growth.

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  • Q:How do you clean bird droppings?

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    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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