Ive seen my birds (blue fronts) mating, alot.

by Shawn

I recently acquired 2 blue fronts one male and one female who were housed separately. Now they are housed in an aviary. Over the past 2-3 weeks they mate (I think) at least 2-3 times daily. Is this normal? The female seems fat, at least fatter than when I acquired her.

If they have mated, how long afterwards do they lay their eggs? What should I be looking for? What should I provide her? I don't know if they are a breeding pair, I was just told that one was a male and the other a female. What I see them do is this: He gets on top of their water bowl and she scrunches down with her tail and butt up. He then plants a foot on top of her back and moves his body (right after his feet)to her all the while they are cooing and making sounds.

Do they have to be a breeding pair to "do it" and then lay eggs? How do I know what they are doing is, "mating"? I've never seen birds "do it"! Please help me with this one. I'm totally out of my league with this.

Thanks for any and all help!!!!!

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Sep 06, 2011
Amazons breeding
by: Tracie

It takes about 25 hours for a bird to produce an egg. Please separate these birds immediately, so that she does not lay eggs.

Being a breeder is NOT an easy job. Birds often do not care for their young and sometimes the birds attack the young or attempt to eat the eggs.

If the birds do not care for the young or start attacking them, are you prepared to feed the babies every few hours until they are weaned? You will need to find a breeder to show you how to feed the birds properly BEFORE this happens and have the hand feeding formula and syringes available so that you can start feeding the babies on a moments notice.

Also, you need to make sure your birds are eating a healthy pellet diet, like Harrison's or Roudybush so that the hen doesn't become egg bound and the babies will be healthy. Cheap pellets like ZuPreem and others with sugar and tons of chemicals or all seed diets will cause your birds to produce unhealthy chicks and your birds will end up with health problems.

So if your birds are breeding, then they can produce eggs. If you are not prepared to become a breeder and take your birds and babies to an avian vet consistently, then separate them right away.

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