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How long do small birds really live?

So I was wondering how long small parrots actually live compared to their life expectancy. Of all the research i have done Quakers are supposed to live 15+ years which is great but do they actually live that long? I know it depends on the bird itself, their health, diet etc but I was just curious if they ever live to the actual life expectancy

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I do not have any answers for you for the Quakers.
But I do know that our birds do live a lot longer these days, because we have learnt a lot more about their needs and diets.
I.E. With the Tiels it was said 12 to 15 years with a lot not making it this far.
This is now thought to be 15 to 20 years and have heard of the odd one making 30 or close to it.


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My quaker is 12 so far well all my tiels die at three.I only have one tiel that has to be in its teens. I didnt get him as a baby though.My oldest budgie is 4-5.

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My oldest bird is a 22 year old rescue Senegal that we just took in. he is healthy as a horse and full of spunk so I defiantly see him having quite a few good years left.

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That's so good to hear I'm glad they are living long lives I hope I have many years with my lil guy.

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It really is amazing how long some can live. The rescue I got him from has an 85 year old green wing macaw too and he is still going strong.

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My oldest bird is a 22 year old rescue Senegal that we just took in. he is healthy as a horse and full of spunk so I defiantly see him having quite a few good years left.
Another bird? what happened to no more! Hehehe. What do you have now? I can't tell from your siggy

I believe quakers will live for about 20 years Birds should live out their full life expectancy providing they're healthy. I think my oldest bird I've had was Picasso who was a peach faced lovebird. I never noticed before but her ring on her leg indicated she was over 20 years old

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I read elsewhere some budgies and tiels have actually exceeded their life expectancy. A senegal can live up to 50 years in cativity so at 22 he's not even at mid life. If Duke live to 50 years then he would definitely out live me- these conures of mine have totally worn me out, i'd be lucky if I could live another 20 years


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I think budgies are supposed to live something like 7-12 years..and cockatiels are supposed to live into their mid-to-late 20s. I would think a small bird like a quaker would live about the same age as well.

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Thanks guys this is great to know. An 85 ur old green wing macaw wow that's amazing!

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He's so cool! His name is Fred and he's all over the place. He's getting cataracts but he still eats good and everything. I love going over and seeing everyone at the rescue.

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My meyers is 13 years will be 14 in november
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My oldest bird is a p'let who will be 4 on Sunday ... I have a budgie who will be 4 around New Years.... 4 budgies who will be 2 in Feb and a green cheek who will be 2 around April... No idea how long they will live... I lost a budgie in the spring who was not quite 3 due to kidney cancer, small birds like budgies are living shorter and shorter lives and I think this is because they are mass produced without any regard for good or bad genetics... Any two birds that will pump out chicks are thrown in together and that is all they do... Pump out weaker and weaker chicks. ( I don't mean anyone here either.. I mean the bird mills that supply the pet trade)
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I agree. Now they are being creative with hybrids and they are having major problems. I am so picky about breeders. We know this one and they have 200+ pairs of breeders that never get out of their cages. I dont like those people at all. People need to care more about the lives they are bringing into the world and less about the money they are getting.

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I know someone on a different forum whos like 11 and wants to breed there budgies they keep aging there budgies every few mins they havent even had them a year!! Its the overbreeding of them is whats causing it people want a quick buck off there birds. They are not breeding for quality but for quantity. :/ i keep seeing an ad on cl for baby budgies this ad has been on for a least a year with the same birds so i think its either there lying about them being babies or they are overbreeding them.

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I agree. Now they are being creative with hybrids and they are having major problems. I am so picky about breeders. We know this one and they have 200+ pairs of breeders that never get out of their cages. I dont like those people at all. People need to care more about the lives they are bringing into the world and less about the money they are getting.
I am a small breeder that has 4 pairs of breeders at the moment. I just wanted to make it knowen that not all breeders have the ability to let there breeder birds out of the cage to fly around. I live in an appartment right now so I do not have the ability to do this. But I do my best to keep the cages filled with toys and the cages they are in are flight cages so they do have enough room to fly around. I just also want to add that I do love my birds with all of my heart and we do the best we can for them. So not all breeders out there that don't let there breeder birds out to fly are mean it's just that some of us can't.

Now with the babies I get from them since we "clutch" rase our babies and not seprate them from each other we do let out to learn to fly once they are fully feahtered before we clip. just saying from a breeders point of view : )
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Thanks for everyone's input I feel bad about these birds stuck in bird mills and all the birds purchased by inexperienced people who end up being given away from family to family. Anyways it's nice to know there are good breeders out their that do care, and im grateful for the years I will have with Phoenix and I hope to grow old with him since he's my green lil soulmate :hugs: Let's live each day with gratitude of all the great things life provides us and our loyal feathered friends

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Do your birds at least get out to hang out? I dont really means fly. Just out of cage time. I have 12 birds who are out everyday no matter what.

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Shanna: With Parrotlet breeders you cannot let them out to haing because they will end up attacking and killing one an other. but my pets do get out to haing every night when I get home from work. If I had a place to do so I would let my breeders out saifly but I donot have that ability right now. My dream aviary for each breeder would be that there "cages" would be the size of a small bed room so then it would be like they where out of the "cage" all the time.
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Ok. That makes sense. These people have tons of different kinds of birds. did you ever try letting one pair out at a time?

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