At what age can my Green Cheek Conure start to mate and lay eggs?

by Joan Quinn
(Port St. Lucie, FL)

Hi! Just need to know at what age can my Green Cheek Conure mate and lay eggs. I have an 8 month old female Green Cheek and a 3 year old male fancy Green Cheek Conure who absolutely adore each other and can't keep their beaks off of each other. He is constantly preening around her vent. She seems like she would be very willing to mate, but she is only 8 months old. Their cages are right next to each other and they share about 2 hours together out of their cages every day. (supervised!)

I do not want them to mate and have babies. I read that Green Cheek Conures may never lay an egg if not housed with another male Green Cheek. Being their cages are so close together and they seem bonded already, is their still a good chance (if I don't let them mate) that she will never lay an egg? I worry about her getting eggbound. I don't want anything to happen to my sweet little girl. She is so bonded to my husband and I and we just adore her!

I would appreciate any advice you can give me on this topic.

Thank you,
Joan Quinn

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Jan 17, 2014
answering your questions
by: gail

hello, i read all questions and the birds gotta be more then 8 months old..like 2 years old at the most..plus you have to have them sex..like DNA them..to tell their sex.. good luck was trying to help ya

Nov 22, 2010
Breeding conures
by: Desiree

II have a few questions. I am wanting a male Conure and no matter where I go no one can tell the sex of them I have been to many pet stores, and to my dismay they cannot tell me. Second is at what age can a male conure start breeding. I have an 8 yr her old female Cinnamon Green Cheek Conure named Bo. She is really sweet and was given to me about a year and a half ago. She has had babies before and we would like her to have some more.

Editor's note: You posted your question as an answer to someone else's question, so don't expect anyone to post an answer. Second, you can't tell without a DNA test. Third, you need to get experience as a breeder before breeding birds or you may lose the bird you have and babies too due to lack of information and experience. Please help another breeder before breeding your bird.

Nov 29, 2009
At what age can my Green Cheek Conure start to mate and lay eggs?
by: Linda

Well, the hens can be ready by the age of 7 months, and breeders recommend not younger than 1 year or more. So, your concerns are valid here, and she is too young to try and lay any eggs.

The problem you will have here is that she MAY decide to go ahead and try and lay unfertilized eggs anyway. The fact they have separate cages may keep this natural behavior from happening.

It would be a good idea to take your little girl to an Avian Vet in your area and talk about this with them. See what they have to say. Keeping them separate may very well keep her from laying eggs, and it may not.

As for the male, I suggest you keep their playtimes together shorter. Allow them to play some and don't allow them to breed which is what is coming next. After they play together a while, put one up and you play with the other, and then do the same with the other bird. This is NOT a solution, just an idea.

Talk with your Avian Vet, as they will be able to give you better advice overall. Usually birds kept in separate cages with no nesting material or box around will not breed, and female will not lay eggs. In this case, I'm just not sure, and your hen is very much too young to lay right now.

Do not send the male away because this will cause grieving behavior that can cause a whole other problem. Take her in to the Avian Vet as soon as you can and get some advice from a trained professional on this subject.

Thanks for writing, and let us know what the vet has to say because your problem can be someone else's problem too at some point.

Linda

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