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Do Pet Birds Cause Brain Paralysis?

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?


MitchR replied


I’ve heard moms say a lot of things.


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“Fall out of that tree and break a leg, don’t come running to me”

“If all your friends jumped off a roof would you jump off too?”


Rolf C. Hagen with the help of his brothers, Dieter and Horst founded Hagen Inc. in 1955.


They built their business by helping fund local pet shops across Canada.


In the mid-1960s Hagen helped introduce more than 1 million parakeets (budgies) into those very pet shops so they had plenty of inventory to sell.


I checked the news of that period and found nothing written about mass brain paralysis across Canada.


Tell mom, she’s busted and at the same time remind her you’ll be the one selecting her nursing home.


Rolf passed October 24, 2011, leaving his three sons to run the company Mark, Tom, and Rolf Jr.


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Dinner with Mark Hagen is always an education


Today Hagan is the largest manufacturer of pet supplies on the planet and is found in over 70 countries.


Mark Hagen runs the avian side of things and built the Hagen Avicultural Research Center.



For 30 years HARI has maintained at least 250 breeding pairs of parrots used in research in developing pet bird food for Hagen




Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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