Does My English Budgie Have Testicular Cancer?

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Pam G writes:

I have a 4-year-old male English budgie whose cere has changed from blue to purplish brown.


He also has loose whitish droppings and very large regular droppings.


He recently has stopped talking and doesn’t show interest in his mating rituals with his toys.


I am concerned that he has testicular cancer.


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Who the Heck is the Versele-Laga Bird Food Company?

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Before I share Versele-Laga’s story, if you’re a fan of all-natural Goldenfeast or Higgins (where all the seed and nut blends contain InTune pellets) you may have noticed this logo appearing on bags (see featured image at top).


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Higgins (in 2018) and Goldenfeast (in 2015) were quietly purchased by Versele-Laga over the past 5 years.


Find all Versele-Laga Goldenfeast here


Higgins and Goldenfeast are top sellers (thanx to you) so you’re already buying Versele-Laga.


Besides offering over 100 Higgins products and over 30 Goldenfeast items we are now offering 7 New SKU’s of Versele-Laga supplements found here. 


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Find this great Calcium Supplement here 


Our Story


Versele-Laga is a fourth-generation family business started in 1932 by Prudent Versele.


Located in Deinze, Belgium, we are one of the largest pet food manufacturers in Europe, with a market presence in over 75 countries and manages 11 pet food and pet care production facilities worldwide.


Versele-Laga produces over 2,100 branded food and care products for a vast array of animals including pet bird and small animals, wild birds, dogs, cats, horses, farmyard animals, pigeons and many more.

Our Values


With over 85 years of experience in animal nutrition, Versele-Laga develops pet foods that pet parents can trust.


Its vision is built upon four pillars of values that are common to everyone in the organization:


Respect — Understanding that it all begins with respect for the environment, pets and all animals, pet parents, business partners and our employees.


It’s about listening to and understanding the needs of all involved and developing responsible solutions to those needs.


Passion — Devoting our efforts every day to provide the best customer service and nutritionally complete pet products on the market.


Our true passion will always be the wellness of your pets.


Expertise — Sharing our experience and knowledge in the animal food and care industry, with our business partners and most importantly the pet parents that rely on us to care for their pets.


Responsibility — Standing behind every product we make and assuring our customers that their trust is our most valuable asset.


We also believe in giving back to the pet community by supporting various bird conservation, pet health care projects, and non-profit foundations.


Our Commitment to the USA


For Pets — At the end of 2015, Versele-Laga entered the North American companion pet market by acquiring Goldenfeast, a super-premium bird food manufacturer in Pennsylvania.


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In October 2018, we solidified our commitment in the United States by joining forces with Higgins Premium Pet Foods in Miami, Florida.


Founded in 1972, Higgins is a second-generation, family-owned company and a leading manufacturer of premium companion bird and small animal foods.



Versele-Laga is committed to identifying and meeting the needs of pet parents in the U.S. with natural and innovative nutrition for their pets.


As part of this commitment, all our pet foods developed for the U.S. market meet the following ingredient requirements:


  • No artificial preservatives, flavors or colors
  • Colors sourced from grasses, herbs, and vegetables
  • Animal proteins in small animal foods to better reflect omnivore dietary protocol
  • No Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in any herbivore diets
  • The use of extruded morsels for better palatability, longer fibers, & higher nutrient bioavailability


Our Tribute To Pigeons In The Military


For Pigeon Fanciers — Versele-Laga pigeon foods and supplements have been distributed throughout the United States for many years.


The Plus I.C.+ assortment with the special immunity concept is recognized for its superior quality.


It has become the preferred way of feeding pigeons amongst many of the U.S. top fanciers and creates the difference between a pigeon and a champion pigeon.



For more info and details of the Versele-Laga products you can contact them at:

The Higgins Group Corp.
3198 NW 125th St.
Miami, FL, 33167
800 878 2666


Is The Hole Too High in This Nest Box?

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Allan D writes:


It seems to me that the PrevuePet Cockatiel Nest Box, like all the other nest boxes, has the opening for the bird located too high.


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When the bird is inside it has to do a standing jump of about 5 inches to get out, in fact, I can’t quite imagine how the bird manages to get out. 


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How Do I Stop My Parrotlet from Biting My Husband?

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Vicki M. writes:


My male parrotlet is 1 year 6 months old and takes big chunks out of my husband. 


He’ll be watching tv and the bird will fly over and take a chunk out of him.


There’s no reason for this. 


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Are My Parakeet Babies Dying Due to Inbreeding?

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This super rare mutation (above) is what is known as the Feather Duster budgie. They are bred for their unusual feather growth which results in shortened lifespans. 


Cynthia H. asks


I have been raising parakeets for 6+ years and even handfed and took to bird stores to sell, but in the last couple of years I didn’t hand feed and they all crossbred with each other, I did not have the time to take to keep them separated.


But I noticed some kind of birth defect. The babies cannot fly, their wings start freezing up.


Their backs start curving down and they can barely walk and have a breathing problem, most have died. I still have one who loves getting her head scratched. Is this happening cuz they are inbred?


Help. Thank you for your time


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How Do I Help My Rescue Budgie with Splayed Leg?

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From Donna E.


question: I have recently been given a parakeet with a splayed leg. 


He eats and flys but he’s not very active and basically just sits in one place for long periods of time, especially if another keet doesn’t land next to him to get him moving.


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Do You Think That Birds Are Unhappy in a Bird Cage?

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The problem with Quora is that anecdotal answers are opinions, not answers.


Another problem with answering this question is where would we find benchmarks for bird happiness?


I know when my ringneck is happy eating because he talks to his food.

If anyone walks into a room where he was alone for more than 2 minutes he will insist on “conversation: with him doing most of the talking.


But communicating his happiness or displeasure about any of his birdcages (he has 4), is something still opaque to me.


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Do Pet Birds Cause Brain Paralysis?

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I want to buy a budgie, but my mom says that they are birds that can cause “brain paralysis”.


We live in Canada, so I’m pretty sure they’re careful about things like that.


Anyhow, could it be true?


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