Re: Eclectus Pair Laying Just Infertile Eggs
Posted by Rick Carter on 10/15/08
On 10/09/08, Alicia wrote:
> I was wondering if any breeders had any ideas on my my S I
> Electus pair is just laying infertile eggs? The male shows
> no interest in the female and how can i make him show more
> interest/breed with her? Thanks for your help!
Eclectus can be difficult in that aspect. I had a pair of
Vosmaeri that the female was VERY aggressive with the male.
My hen would literally throw the male off of the feeding
platform, if he was in her way. The females are the dominate
bird in that species. It took me 6 unsuccessful clutches of
eggs, until they finally got it right, and I had 2 chicks.
If I had to do it over again I would take a 3-4 year old
male with a 1 year old hen, and let them bond that way until
she came of age, and then supply a box. My hen was 11 and
the male was 9 years old, when I introduced them together.
They are just a little different from the " normal "
parrots, be patient with them, just do not let her lay too
many clutches, and get calcium depleated. Maybe take the box
away from them, you could also try a 2nd male. I have read a
lot about them in their natural environment, and the hens
are " serviced " by different males. If you have big enough
flight, you could try 2 males with her. competition might
work, just keep an eye on the males with each other ! Good