Plumb Head nesting

by Ben
(South Australia)

I recently had 2 Hens and 1 Cock plumb head Parrots in the one cage the reason being because my first pair I purchased the Cock died from flying into the mesh. I later purchased another pair putting all together in one cage. The new pair I purchased started to lay eggs and nest. After not seeing the Hen for around 8 weeks I checked the nest box and noticed she was still in there sitting on eggs or her young. This week I noticed my other Hen was missing I know the hens apart because they had different colour rings on their claws. Now there is nothing in the nest is it possible the Hens fought because the other Hen ate the Young and one Hen died?? I ask because my nesting Hen has Chest feathers missing. Strange part is I could not find any bones or the Claw ring after searching my Avry for hours. I have never had breeding birds before so it is all new to me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Jan 15, 2015
Plum head Question
by: Anonymous

Hi I have a pair of plum heads that have been mating for a week. No eggs in the nest box yet, can you tell me how long it takes before she starts laying eggs?

Editor's note: First your birds need to be checked by an avian vet to make sure they are healthy and will produce high quality birds. Second, if you don't know about breeding birds you need to contact an experienced breeder and learn all you can from them.

Oct 23, 2013
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the feed back Linda. I have got the birds in an aviary which is a fair size 3m long 2.5m wide and 1.8m high. I will have a look to see if it did get out. I did have a 28parrot or Port Lincoln Parrot get out by chewing through thin mesh in another Aviary so I put some Galvanised Mesh up around all the old Aviary mesh. It is now 25mm square and 3mm thick. I did read that the Cock Parrot feeds the Hen in the box so i wasnt real concerned i did how ever see the hen briefly out once or twice im not sure if the Hen wasnt coming out because of my other Hen in the Aviary.

Oct 22, 2013
Plumb Head nesting
by: Linda

The first mistake was putting two strange birds in with your other birds. This can lead to fighting and death for one or more of the birds. Also, if you did not have the new pair examined by an Avian Vet before putting them in there, then infection is very probable.

Anytime a hen stays in nest for 8 weeks, there is something terribly wrong. They have to come out to eat and drink, and if they are not doing this, it is likely they are either hurt or very sick.

Your other hen may have found a way out of the cage. You say cage and not aviary which leads me to believe you are trying to breed birds together in cages. This will not ever work. Birds in cages have to be bred one pair to a cage to avoid fighting and eggs and babies being hurt.

You need to do some serious study about breeding birds, and this is best done by talking and working with a breeder. You will also need to learn how to handfeed baby parrots because not all parents feed their babies. Feeding babies using handfeeding formula and a syringe is a learned skill, and the only way to learn is to work with a breeder in your area. The internet is full of information about breeding and types of cages suitable for this along with info about how to care for the birds one is raising. All breeder pairs have to be examined and determined healthy by an Avian Vet ONLY or diagnosed and treated before any breeding can take place. To do otherwise is going to lead to dead babies in shell and out plus breeder birds will also die. To have clean, healthy birds, an Avian Vet has to be in the picture somewhere. Yes, it costs money, and this is part of breeding. If you do not intend to feed your birds high quality pellets and have them examined when needed or once a year by an Avian Vet, then you do not need to be trying to breed at all. A breeder who does not take care of their birds is part of the problem instead of the solution. Breeding birds does not make much, if any, money because their care takes most of any possible profit. They are living creatures and deserve the best we can give them.

So, clean up your cage, add a cage per pair of birds and do not put in nest boxes until you know what you are doing. All that is happening now is you are hurting your birds, and any babies born in this situation will be killed or die from infections. Slow down, learn all you need to know and you'll have less loss of life, a more pleasant experience, and your birds will be ever grateful for your concern.

Thanks for writing,

Oct 22, 2013
by: Alex

I am not too knowledgeable when it comes to nesting as I have never had birds breed.

I do know that some chest feathers are plucked by the hen, so that she can have skin to egg contact to help with keeping the eggs warm.

Someone else may have better knowledge and can help you better.

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