Welcome back to my series on parakeets! If you missed the other posts in this series, click here to learn how to befriend your parakeet and here for how to train your bird to do tricks. Last week I wrote about how to determine your parakeet’s gender, (Click here to read it) so I thought it would be only fitting to write on how to breed parakeets.
If you own parakeets of opposite genders, it’s likely that you’ve considered breeding them. I mean, who doesn’t want adorable baby birds, right? Well, if that’s why you’re here reading this, I have some reality for you. Breeding parakeets takes space, time, money, and research. Nowadays it’s much easier to just buy a bird from the store, or adopt one whose owner can no longer care for it. However, if you still want to breed your birds, here’s how.
First of all, you should make sure the birds you want are healthy and young, about one year old. I will write a post on how to tell if your bird is healthy later on in this series, but for now here are the basics:
- shiny, clean feathers
- cere (area above nose) waxy looking and clean
- clean vent area
- not obese but not so thin that you can see their ribs
- good balance and a steady flier
Now, onto determining the age. A young bird will have black eyes until about 10 months old, when the eyes will have grey circling the black center.
The best way to encourage your birds to mate is to do nothing. Often a mating pair will be anxious, so the best thing to do is to leave them alone. The birds will be together in the mating box more often, and you’ll know if the mating was successful or not in two days (that’s how long the egg takes to form). By this time, if you don’t have a nesting box yet, you should get one!
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