Rainbow Lorikeets

by Lesley Hunter
(Ngongotaha NZ)

Poppee & William

Poppee & William

I have a young pair of lorikeets male 2yo, female 13months. How would I know if she is pregnant?

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Dec 19, 2010
to linda
by: Anonymous

I'm Lesley and I think I know more about my lorrikeets than u. I have another pair 3yo's and they lay eggs but they're not fertile so u really saying I'm stupid.

Editor's note: No, Linda did NOT say she thinks you are stupid. You asked a question that showed you did not have information. She gave you information. Birds do NOT get pregnant, you obviously did not know that, so it appeared you did not have breeding experience.

Dec 19, 2010
Rainbow Lorikeets
by: Linda

Birds do not get pregnant, since they lay eggs. Firstly, both your birds need to be seen by an Avian Vet before any breeding is even thought about. Any bacterial infections the parents have will be passed onto the babies, and the babies have no resistance to these infections and die quickly. Once babies are here, they have to be weighed everyday. If one does not gain weight then this means the whole nest is probably infected with some kind of bacterial infection, and all of them need to be taken to Avian Vet to be checked out.

You will also need a very large breeding cage for them with a built in flap for outside access to the nestbox. They make the boxes that hang on the outside of the cage with only the front perch and hole available to the birds. This is to ensure that you can check on the eggs to make sure they are fertile/unfertile and to take babies out to weigh them or handfeed them if necessary.

It sounds as if you have much learning and study to do before embarking on the serious matter of breeding. Also think of where your babies may end up. Good homes are sometimes just the first stop for parrots, and on down the line, they end up in abusive/neglectful homes where their lives are hell on earth. Think long and hard before breeding them at all.

Any unfertile eggs need to be thrown away immediately as the contents become poison within a couple of hours and will kill a bird who breaks one open and eats contents. I lost a hen this way, and there is nothing you can do except watch them die a horrible, painful death. All in All, I recommend you not breed them at all, and if you decide to do so, then you owe it to your birds to do everything right making as few mistakes as possible. You can find lots of info on the internet about breeding your birds, so you may wish to do some research to fully understand how complicated, time consuming and expensive breeding birds is.

Linda

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