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Re: Breeding Poicephalus

Posted by Lance on 1/23/06
(8) Comments

    On 1/23/06, Michael L wrote:
    Your diet sounds great. If you can incorporate some more higher
    protein foods such as hard-cooked eggs that would be a benefit.
    > Foods, such as dark greens, broccoli, yams and carrots are great
    > sources of vitamin A and really make a difference. Almonds and
    > some other nuts are good sources of calcium. I also use a
    > calcium source when they are in breeding mode along with cuttle
    > bone and mineral blocks year round.
    > My cages are 4 ft long by 2 1/2 ft wide by 4 ft high. They are
    > the traditional breeder cages made of galvanized wire.
    > I do provide all of my breeders with swings, toys and rope
    > perches. A breeding bird that lives in an enriched environment,
    > is more apt to reward you with chicks. It also keeps them alert
    > and stimulated and makes for a better life.
    > My Poicephalus are in a bird room that houses them along with
    > lovebirds, Australian King Parrots and Moustache Parakeets.
    > Right now I have a pair with two chicks and their cage is on a
    > shelf above another pair that just started to lay today.
    > Another thing that I provide is full spectrum lighting which
    > stimulates breeding as well as helps with necessary rays that
    > help utilization of calcium and vitamins by the body.
    > Some will tell you that African prefer darkness to breed. I
    > a brightly lit room and there is not a problem with my pairs
    > nesting. They do, however have dark nest boxes and I drape some
    > fabric over the end of the cage that the nest box is attached to
    > in order to keep excessive light from entering the entrance of
    > the box.
    > One other thing I will offer is that it sometimes takes newly
    > acquired pairs quite a while to become familiar and relaxed
    > enough to go to nest. They have to be comfortable and secure in
    > their environment to want to breed. It's not uncommom for them
    > to take a year or more to do this.
    > Michael L

    I think I am pretty good on the diet because I pretty much add
    most of the things that you listed. My birds are int the same
    size cages, the only difference is that they are housed outside so
    lighting would be a little different. What time of year do you
    normally get babies from your birds?? I may try and add some
    covering to the nest box end of the flights. Both pairs of
    Senegals have been in and out of their boxes, but no activity
    yet. The Meyers pair is working the opening but does not appear
    to have been in their box yet. I am thinking about adding a pair
    of Jardines in the near future as they are my favorite of the
    Poicephalus. I really hadn't planned on babies yet, but wanted to
    make sure that I have everything set up right. The only thing it
    seems that I may need to change is getting the 2 senegal pairs a
    little farther apart or at least make it so they can't see each
    other right next door. Do you have the lesser or Greater Jardines?