green cheek conures what sort of nests do they have

what sort of nests do green cheek conures have?

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Jul 09, 2009
Just One More Thing!!!
by: Linda

Here is the address of the site where I found the information I gave to you in the first post. She welcomes questions and it would be a good idea to do more searches and meet more breeders of these beautiful little birds.

http://www.avianweb.com/greencheekconure.html

Jul 09, 2009
Nests
by: Linda

Hi, it is me again. There was so much information on the last post, I thought I'd come back again.

The Green Cheeks usually lay 4-6 eggs and the incubation period is 22-25 days.

As the other post said, you can use a ready-made Cockatiel size nest box, and these are usually found in most pet store or online. Your cage must be set up so that there is an opening for the front of the nest box with the perch and box hole inside cage. The rest of the box is on the outside with a back access door so you can open it up and check the eggs if necessary to make sure none are broken, and later check the babies to make sure all are being fed enough.

Breeding birds can be costly and time consuming. You will need to take your birds to an Avian vet to make sure they are healthy, and they need to be eating a high quality food like Harrison's pelleted diets along with some dark green, yellow and dark orange veggies. The veggies and fruit your birds eat need to be organically grown as most of what is in the grocery stores are sprayed with pesticides which will kill your birds.

They need natural wood perches and a cage that is safe and large enough for them to fly a little and play a lot. If you do not have the right set up, you'll have problems. The male may get very protective of cage, dishes and nest box, so you need a cage with the swivel out cups, so you don't have to bother them so much. You may need to handfeed babies for one reason or another. I recommend, you do a search on Breeding Green Cheek Conures and talk with some breeders. Handfeeding is a learned skill, so you will need someone to show you how and make sure you know what you are doing. Breeding is complicated, so get everything ready first including good food and the right kind of cage and nest box. Then start doing your homework, so you can offer your birds the best chance at successful breeding.

Don't forget the vet and the nutritious diet. If they eat seeds, you will need to gradually change them over to a pelleted diet, not all at once. Don't ever let your birds go hungry as they can't go long without food and water.

Take everything slow, take one step at a time, and before you know it, you will be ready to breed your birds. Their lives and the lives of their babies depend upon you DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT. Keep us posted.
Linda

Jul 09, 2009
Nests
by: Linda

Hi, I just went and pulled this information about their nest boxes/logs in off the internet.
Log / Nest-box:

Marcy Covault from Feathered Companions Aviary suggests using a deeper box, either a bootbox or a vertical grandfather box (18" - 24" deep). Some conures do accept cockatiel-sized boxes, but using a deeper box will reduce the conures' tendency to remove the shavings and lay their eggs on the bare wooden base.

Length / depth: approx. 16 - 24 inches (400 - 600 mm)


Log / nest-box internal dimensions approx. 10 inches square (250 mm square)


Diameter of entrance hole: approx. 3 inches ( ~70 - 80 mm)


Inspection hole: Can be square or round, approx. 4 inches (100 mm) in diameter.


A Removable top / lid can be a useful access point for inspections and for cleaning.


Location and height of log / nest-box: Install in a sheltered part of the aviary at about 5 feet (~1.5 - 1.8 meters) height, but not too close to the roof to cause heat problems in the hotter months.


Angle of log or nest box: 45 degrees through to vertical. Most boxes are vertical.


Nesting log / nest-box material: Add about 2 inches of decomposed suitable nest box litter to the bottom of the box to help stabilize the eggs and absorb the droppings from the chicks.

Options for suitable nesting material are decomposed non-toxic saw dust, corn cob, shredded newspaper, clean straw / dried grass or wood shavings (i.e., Aspen shavings or wood chips). The larger wood chips the better, so the parents don't feed it to the babies or the chicks accidentally ingest it.

Please note that some wood shavings - such as pine, cedar and redwood - give off aromatic hydrocarbons (phenols) and acids that are toxic and can cause dermatitis, allergic symptoms and irritation of the digestive tract. They should not be used in cages, aviaries, or nestboxes.


Incubation: Both hen and cock share in incubating the eggs.
Conures have a habit of removing all the nest box material and laying their eggs on the bare wooden base.

Nest inspection is generally not tolerated. If nest inspection is necessary, wait till both parents have left the nest. They can be aggressive and protective of the nest area when breeding.

For additional breeding-related information, please visit this website.

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