1 legged parrot breeding

by Marie

Can a 1 legged female parrot who lays eggs hold on to breed with male? How long should I keep new blue front amazons apart in separate cages before allowing them the opportunity to bond and breed? I have them currently in separate cages but they are right next to each other.

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Dec 07, 2011
1 legged parrot breeding
by: Linda

It is doubtful that the one legged hen will be able to balance properly for breeding. Hens have to be able to balance perfectly for breeding, and normally things like missing toes and especially legs is asking too much of them.

You can still give it a try, but do not be surprised if the male becomes aggressive toward her and hurts her. In the wild, injured or sick parrots are either killed or driven out to die alone by the flock. Sick or injured birds bring predators, so this behavior is hardwired into their survival instincts. Our pet parrots are still very much exotic wild animals, and will usually behave as do their wild couterparts.

First thing before beginning any kind of breeding is a trip to an Avian Vet only for a checkup to make sure both parents are healthy enough to breed. Ask the Avian Vet what they think about this. Also, you will need to know how to handfeed babies using baby parrot handfeeding formula with a syringe. This is a learned skill, so you'll need to get with breeder in your area to be shown how to do this up to doing it yourself. Mistakes can and do kill babies. Babies have to be weighed everyday. If one does not gain weight, then all have a bacterial infection and have to be taken to Avian Vet for diagnosis and treatment.

Parents have to be eating a high quality organic pelleted diet for at least a year before breeding to get them into breeding condition. Healthy babies come from healthy parents and diet is crucial.

So, once all this has been taken care of, you may still want to breed, and you may not. There's not much money in it if you take care of your birds, so you may wish to rethink the whole plan.

Here is link about changing from seeds or junk pellets like ZuPreem/Lafaebers to organic high quality ones. Do not make any changes until both birds have been examined and cleared for infections or other physical issues:
Switching Birds To Pellets article


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