Kiwibirdy breeding

by Jerry Carrigan
(Wilson NC)

I have a green and pineapple conure that are fooling around in their cage if you know what I mean. If my bird is breeding, how long from fooling around to laying an egg?

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Oct 20, 2010
Kiwibirdy breeding
by: Linda

Maybe never. Just because birds are having sex does not mean they are going to raise a brood of babies.

In fact, I recommend you do some reading and study about your birds like who they are, how they are to be kept and all the ins and outs of breeding. Breeding is much more complicated than just when will hen lay eggs. For one thing, you have to know what kind of breeding set up to have, and this normally requires a breeding cage with a built-in flap that can take a nestbox. Nestboxes are hung on the outside of cage with only the front part through this opening. This way, you can see if eggs are fertile or not and check on babies later. This is done by holding one up with a bright light behind it. It there is a shadow seen, it it fertile, if it is blank, then it is called clear.Throw away all clear eggs as quickly as possible to prevent birds from breaking and eating egg contents. This leads to albumin poisoning or botchulism, and is fatal each and every time.

You'll also need to know how to handfeed babies using syringe and baby parrot formula, and this is a learned skill that takes practice. You have to actually watch how it is done from getting the formula ready to how to put the syringe into baby's mouth to keep from aspirating it.You have to know how hot or not to make formula, and you have to know what you are doing or risk fatally hurting babies.

So, I hope it will be a long time before eggs appear to give you enough time to do your homework. Also, breeder birds have to be seen by an Avian Vet BEFORE laying any eggs or making nests to make sure they are infection free. Infections are passed to babies, and babies die quickly from bacterial/viral infections. Babies have to be weighed everyday with gram scale, and if they do not gain weight every day, then they are sick and need to go to the Avian Vet's as well.

Linda

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