Princess parrot killed mate

by Gayle

we have a pair of princess parrots and directly after breeding the femalle attacked the male on the floor of the aivary and he died some hours later... can any one tell me why please.....

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Nov 03, 2009
Princess parrot killed mate
by: Linda

Gayle, thanks for writing, and I've been busy trying to find information on the internet about these birds. From what I've gleaned, the females are ready to breed at 12 months, and the males not before two years. Also, few breeders breed them this young and prefer to wait until female is at least two or older.

The only thing I can figure from what you said is that maybe the pair was too young to mate properly and go through the whole breeding process. If the male was under two years of age, she killed him because he was too young, and she knew he was not going to be a successful mate. Or he was sick, and they kill sick birds in their flocks (all birds not just these).

Other than that, I'm not sure. I found no information on them being overly aggressive except when they are mobbing a predator, and they do a successful job of taking down a predator as the flock works together on the project.

One thing that stood out was that these birds are usually bred in multiple pairs and not so much as single pairs. If you are going to try this again, make sure male is old enough and female is over two years old. Also, if there are breeders in your area, get in touch and have a cuppa and a chat about all this with them. There could be many more things wrong than just the ages. They require certain types of nest boxes, prefer breeding in a flock situation and so on. Diet is always a factor in healthy birds breeding healthy babies or breeding at all.

Please write back and let us know what information you find from breeders in your area. May I also suggest that you have your bird examined by an Avian Vet in your area to see if she may have a physical problem. I understand they like to spend a lot of time on the ground, which in outside aviaries mean having worms or other parasites. Have your bird checked out thoroughly, talk to breeders in your area, and also be prepared to handfeed any babies in case there is a problem with mother feeding them. Handfeeding is a learned skill, so go into this at length with the breeder(s) you talk with.

Get all your facts and information down, make sure birds are set up properly in a multiple pair situation, learn to handfeed and learn proper nutrition for your birds before you even think of starting again. Your female also needs a good bill of health as well as her new mate before any kind of breeding program.Until you have her examined by an Avian Vet, don't even bother to replace her mate. You are probably going to need a large aviary flight for at least two pair of these birds. They can be bred outside, and you'll need to research everything on building an adequate outside aviary with inside living/sleeping quarters, multiple feed/water stations and a large enough flight area for two or more pair of the birds.


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