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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have an 80 yr old pink and grey Galah who has lived in

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I have an 80 yr old pink and grey Galah who has lived in varying sizes of cages all of his life.... Could I put a budgie in with him? And if I let him ot in the house would he be able to fly after all this time??
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. It's rarely a good idea to place birds of such disparate sizes in an enclosed space. Their cages can be adjacent to each other to see how they act "together" but keep in mind it would take only one bite from your Galah to end the relationship! Yes, even an 80 year old could fly the coop or at least far enough that retrieving him would be quite a chore. If he's let outside unenclosed, his wings would need to be clipped back severely - the stress of which I don't recommend at his age. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish. I have to leave my computer for a few hours but promise to reply when I return if need be.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're wlecome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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