Sam and Rainbow

by Mary Clayto
(Tijeras,NM USA)

Sam and Rainbow are the cuttest couple!I got Sam when he was 6 months old,he really want a friend we could tell because we saw him kissing his reflection!So we got Rainbow I want them to have eggs but they just would not!Can someone please give me some advice!Sam is blue and Rainbow is green.Sorry no picture

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Aug 31, 2009
Sam and Rainbow
by: Linda

Hello New Mexico (one of my favorite places in the world!).

Both your birds could be the same sex. Since I don't know what kind of parrots they are, it's hard for me to tell you anything about sexing. For parrots who look alike in coloring and such, the only to tell sex is for Avian Vet to do DNA testing. If your birds are Budgies, the grown males have a Blue Cere (the piece that holds the nose holes), and the adult females have a light to dark brown cere. So you could have same sex pair. Check their ceres if they are budgies (parakeets) and see what colors they are. If both have the same color cere, you have two either males or females. Your only option would be to get another or two more of the opposite sex.

If you decide to breed, you'll need a large flight cage with openings for nest boxes. The boxes are made of wood and the inside hole and perch are inside the cage while the box and back door are outside cage. These are hung on cage bars or wire. You can look on the internet for large budgie flight/breeding cages. They would need a cage large enough to fly from one end to the other. Breeding birds need to be able to fly in their enclosures. Flying helps to get them into breeding condition. In other words, it helps to get them physically fit for breeding and laying eggs. Females not in good physical condition can have problems laying eggs and become eggbound meaning egg is stuck. Birds die from this condition unless rushed to an Avian Vet as an Emergency patient.

The other thing you need to do is take both birds into Avian Vet to have tests done to see if they have any infections or other health problems. They also need to be eating a high quality organic pelleted diet like Harrison's. The changeover from seeds takes a while, and is well worth the time and effort. Harrisons will be higher than seeds, and you will have much healthier birds which saves on vet bills in the long run. My Amazons have been eating Harrisons pellets for many years, and they hardly have to go to vet for an illness, just toenail and beak clipping every few months.

( Switching Birds to Pellets article in case you need this.)

Good luck with your birds, and it will be quite expensive to get your birds set up for breeding, and since the market is flooded with parrots, it will be hard to find homes for the babies. I always advise against breeding for that reason. The little birds end up moving from home to home and some end up in abusive or neglectful homes which is a real tragedy.


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