when the eggs hatch

by Kathi Purvis

I have a sun conure /who mated with a gold cap male...and on 3-11 she hatched a egg....up until then she had laid a few eggs like one maybe 2 at a time but she never sit on them....

at 7 am i got up and heard the chirpping of a baby but i am not sure if it is one or 2 ....

I did not plan on them mateing ..when i bought these parrots they had been in the same cage for a year ,the girl told me she new Izzy was a gairl (sun conure) but was not sure what sex the gold cap was...I had them 4 yrs and nothing happened until 3-11 ...

she will not let me near the baby (or babys) but they seem to be doing well.

my question is this what do i do when they come out of the box and what do you call a sun conure and a gold cap baby ...i know what a janday is and a sunday conure but what do you call these too breeds off spring and what would it be worth if i decide to sale it ( all though i do not think i will)

any help you can give me i thank you for...

oh yea besides izzy , and the gold cap , I have a male nanday and a cockatiel.....

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Mar 17, 2010
when the eggs hatch
by: Linda

I'm not sure what you would call them, and you'll need to do some online research about that.

As for the babies, I discourage breeding because these birds end up in abusive/neglectful homes so often. Even if they find a good home at first, they are likely to be moved around up to 10 or more times in their lifetimes, and the chances are good a lot of the homes are going to be abusive and/or neglectful.

I suggest you separate the male and female after the babies are weaned and out of the cage. Make sure you wait until they are weaned and able to eat on their own without parents' assistance. Separate the pair into separate cages, and all the young ones will need their own cages to prevent inbreeding at some point in the future.

All your birds, both parents and the babies will have to be seen by an Avian vet to make sure they are all healthy. This is normally done BEFORE breeding, so you can do this anytime it is warm enough to get them out. Baby birds contract bacterial infections very easily, and these have to be treated by an Avian Vet.

After baby/babies have a clean bill of health, you may wish to do a couple of things. One, you can put an ad in your local paper, and ask NO LESS THAN $50.00 $75.00 for them--or you can check a local pet store selling them and price them a little above that as you're going to provide a health report from vet for them. DO NOT SELL THEM CHEAP, AND DO NOT GIVE THEM AWAY AS THEIR FIRST HOME MAY BE THEIR LAST WHEN THE PEOPLE GET THROUGH WITH THEM. I know this may sound a little far-fetched, and years ago when I had a bird store, a boy came in and bought one of our budgies. His sister came in later to tell us that he had tortured the bird very slowly and to death. BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHO YOU SELL YOUR BABIES TO. Someone who knows NOTHING about birds is not a good home as people have to do their homework BEFORE they get a bird. You can tell them to find some books and information about the conures and understand what it costs to keep them in large cages, with high quality pellets for food, plus yearly trips to an Avian vet to ensure they are healthy.

I suggest you separate any males from females and do not breed your birds again. This time, was a surprise, and you have to do right by the babies since you are the responsible party here. Do not sell the babies without first taking them to a vet for a clean bill of health. Encourage new people to take bird in for a "new bird checkup" as birds get sick being moved to a new home sometimes.

Hope this helps you to understand the grave responsibility of breeding birds, and that once they leave our homes, we never know where they will end up or what kind of horrible lives they may be forced to live.


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