male blue and gold wont mate with the hen

by yolanda
(chicago il)

bonny and clyde blue and gold macaws

bonny and clyde blue and gold macaws

seems like clyde doesnt know how to mate ,the female blue and gold she looks like she know whats shes doing ,and the male just stands there looking at her confuse ,im watching them with a camera so i dont disturb,this is really becomeing fraustrading for the reason i been trying for 9 years now.any help please

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Aug 23, 2011
male blue and gold wont mate with the hen
by: Linda

From what you said, I assume the birds are both over 7 years old which is age when they reach sexual maturity. As for why they are not breeding, this can be very complicated. First of all, they need a big cage built for breeding. Their nest box needs to be large enough(3 feet at least) so they feel comfortable in it. Area they live in has to have privacy and no loud noise or disturbances.

Also, both birds have to be examined by an Avian Vet before any breeding is attempted because a low level infection will cause birds to not want to mate and go to nest and would also be transferred to all the babies causing their deaths very shortly after hatching if not taken care of immediately.

Birds who have been hatched from incubators, handfed by humans from moment one will imprint or identify with only humans. They will not breed and nest because they did not have advantage of being with their Mothers for any time. Lots of commercial breeders do this, and they have effectively ruined birds for breeding at any time in their lives. These birds think they are humans and have no idea what breeding is and what happens next. If you are unlucky enough to have a pair like this or even one of them like this, there will be no babies most likely ever. I suggest you talk to people you bought both birds from and see how they raise their babies.

Thanks for writing, and not being able to breed birds is actually a good thing. There is no money in breeding birds if they are fed high quality organic pelleted diets, taken to Avian vet regularly for checkups and when sick or injured. No money if they have large, roomy safe cages and a healthy environment in which to live. Taking proper care of the birds cuts into any profit, which is why the only people making profits are the ones who forego good food, decent housing, and Avian Vet services when needed. The babies are sickly and likely to die early in life if they even make it for the first year. This is not a breeding facility and IS a Bird Mill just like the puppy and cat mills all over the country. Just enjoy your birds and keep an already flooded market free of more unwanted birds who suffer in lonliness and pain for their very long lives at the hands of evil and downright mean people who have no business having pets or children for that matter.

I have a breeding pair of Amazons whom I've never bred because of flooded market. I love them dearly, and enjoy their antics and talking and singing. They do not allow me to pet them or even to get on my hands, and we've been together in a loving, trusting relationship for almost 20 years now. They are beautiful as they are and breeding would not make them one bit more beautiful or lovely to behold. Enjoy your birds for who they are and forget about who they are not.

Linda

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