On 9/19/07, Rick wrote:
> On 9/19/07, Randy wrote:
>> i have raised my bird from a egg. i had a proven pair but
>> the male killed the female then he died of a broken heart
>> (so the vet said) i have thought all this time i had a
>> female moluccan now i am not sure another lady told me if
>> she is a female she will still lay a egg it just wont be
>> fertilized..is that true??? do i maybe have a male??? is
>> there a way you can tell in the eyes?? pure dark/black
>> eyes is a male?? if you can see the puple in the eye its a
>> female?? any help would help
>> athsnk you
> The lady who stated to you about female birds laying eggs
> without a mate, is very truthful. The only need for a male
> is for fertilization. Should your female however lay an egg,
> do not discard it as she will continue to lay another to
> replace the one you took. Just leave it in the cage and
> after a few weeks then take and toss it. Or you can get
> a "dummy egg" and replace the real one with this one.
> From my experience with our M2, he is definitely a male,
> DNA'd, and does have the solid black beautiful eyes. From
> reading about Cockatoos in general, they say the females
> have a dark-brownish colored eye and not as dark as the
> males. Maybe others here who have female cockatoos can help
> to better clarify this for you.
> If in doubt still, have your Cockatoo DNA'd, this will rule
> out all doubts and give you the results you are looking for.
> Hope this has helped you somewhat. Take care, Rick
Rick thank you for your responce,, yes it helps somewhat but
my q is IF she is a female will SHE automatically lay eggs??
or do some females never lay eggs?