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I heard a story on NPR several years ago saying that caged
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My lovebird pair have a youngster in their nest. Prior to
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I have a new parakeet (Ducky). A beautiful white with turquoise
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I purchased a pair of red factor canaries about six weeks ago
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My parakeet is twitching badly and gained weight, while its
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I have a 6 year old parakeet who is having trouble with his
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I have 4 parakeets. 2 male (Rain & Nazo) & 2 Female (Pika &
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budgies: cage wires, feathers..no sneezing or coughing no discharge.
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Hi. My albino parakeet has had bumps on his cere for the past
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I have 10 parakeets in an outdoor aviary & would like to know
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We purchased 2 parakeets a couple of years ago M/F the F died
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I have 5 Parakeets in various colors. 4 male, 1 female. 1.
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In December my Parakeet hatched 3 healthy babies, for the past
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I have a parakeet, female who suddenly started favoring her
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to know how you tell a male cockateal from a female cockateal
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