Helppp - egg laying

by brandon
(fillmore,ca,usa)

WHat Do lilac crowned parrots need during pregnancy??

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Dec 11, 2009
Helppp - egg laying
by: Linda

They need the same high quality organic pelleted diet they need all the rest of the time. If your bird is eating seeds and no pellets, it is time to change them over to a better food. It takes time to make the change, please read the Switching Birds to Pellets article.

Also, your birds need a trip to an Avian Vet in your driving area BEFORE YOU EVEN THINK ABOUT BREEDING THEM. Birds can carry a variety of bacterial and viral infections a long time before they start showing signs of being sick. Sick parents produce even sicker babies, so keep that in mind. You will also need to learn the art of hand-feeding baby parrot formula, and you will find information about that by searching for breeders and reading what they say and asking questions.

My best guess is that you are no where near being ready to breed a pair of Amazons because the larger birds sometimes need assistance with their babies. All babies have to be weighed every day on a gram scale, and if any one of them has not gained weight every day, then they all are most likely sick and need to go to Avian Vet.

Research this project thoroughly before you even think of getting involved. The birds will need a large breeding cage, one where the nestbox can hang with most of the box outside the cage so you can check on eggs and babies.

Amazons and other larger birds become dangerous during breeding and raising their young. They will attack you when you go into cage to feed and water, so make sure you have the roll out/swivel out cups for food and water, so you do not have to put your hands inside cage during this time.

So, you need to get all your information, food, training, formula, cage, nestbox and who you are going to place the babies with before starting. The market is flooded with parrots, and a lot of them lead very sad lives of neglect and abuse, so please think very hard about a breeding program. Once your babies leave your home, you will never know where they are, who has them or how they are living. I have two older Amazons, and I have refused to breed them for all of the above reasons. Too many birds for too few people who know and understand their needs.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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