Cross-breeding with pionus

by Dawn Hernandez
(Sulphur, OK)

I have a friend who has a female white capped pionus. She lays frequently, even without a nest box. My friend wants to get another pionus to keep her company but we are having difficulty locating a male in our area. If she gets another type of pionus, would they be able to reproduce?

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Aug 19, 2012
Cross breeding pionus parrots
by: Tracie

I am not a breeder, so I can't answer the main point of your question. I DO want to address other issues with your question though.

First of all, if this person is not an experienced breeder they should NOT consider breeding pionus parrots until they have experience helping another breeder. They need to learn about breeding this species, how to hand feed in case the parents reject the babies, have an avian vet that will examine both the parents before breeding and the babies before selling them.

There is sooo much to learn in order to protect all the birds.

Second, it is never, ever a good idea to cross breed birds. It weakens the gene pool and often produces sickly chicks.

Maybe I mis-understood and you do NOT want to breed the parrots. If I mis-understood please forgive me. Since you are looking for a male, instead of a female, it appears your friend is looking to start breeding.

Last of all, you can not just buy a bird and throw it in the cage with the hen. They may fight and injure each other. You can't make birds like each other, ever. The birds will need to be kept in separate cages until they decide they want to be be cage mates. If that doesn't happen, the the person with the birds will need to love both birds for many years to come.

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