Bird Breeding - What you need to know
By: Pet City On: 12 August 2019
Want to Breed Birds, but not sure where to begin?
Breeding birds is a wonderful and interesting hobby. Are you new to breeding birds? Do you have a pair of pet birds where there is the potential for an accidental clutch? Not sure where to start? We've compiled some basic tips on where to begin and which products will help you on your way. However if you would like more information, please don't hesitate to contact the friendly & exprerienced staff in our Bird Section.
Selecting Breeding Birds
Birds should be:
- Sexually mature – this will be dependent on the species
- Strong and disease free – ideally they will have been screened by an avian vet for diseases
- Genetically diverse – unrelated pairs to avoid inbreeding
Breeding Boxes & Nesting Material
Bird breeding boxes and nesting material should be on offer if you are wishing to breed. Thing to consider include:
- The right size and shape nesting box for the species you are keeping
- Nesting material available – dependent on species
View our range of Nesting Products HERE.
Appropriate diet and supplements for breeding birds
Egg-laying can deplete a female’s calcium reserves so it is important to provide them with a calcium supplement, preferably in liquid form that can be added to the drinking water. Passwell Liquid Gold and Vetafarm Calcivet are some great examples. This will help prevent egg-binding.
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Ideally your birds should be eating a quality diet before encouraging them to breed. A good diet depends on the species of bird, but for most parrots a combination of pellets, vegetables and a small amount of seed is ideal. Birds that are fed a nutritionally balanced diet will produce stronger, healthier offspring. If seed is a major portion of your birds diet and they have already started showing signs of breeding, providing them with Passwell Parrot Soft Food, a variety of fresh leafy green vegetables and adding a vitamin supplement such as Vetafarm Breeding Aid to their water will give them some extra nutrition.
To view our extensive range of Bird Food, click HERE
If you need to intervene..
If the chicks hatch and the parent birds are unable to look after them, they will need to be placed into a brooder with temperature and humidity control. The heat source should be connected to a thermostat (ie.Eco Tech Dimming Thermostat) , and a digital thermometer and hygrometer should also be used to check the parameters at a glance.
Feeding the chicks
You will need
- a good quality hand raising mix (Vetafarm Neocare, Passwell Hand Rearing Food),
- feeding apparatus (syringe or feeding spoon - ie. Vetafarm Feed Spoon Ezy)
- stainless steel bowl (view the range HERE)
- water-proof thermometer to ensure the food is fed at the appropriate temperature. The amount of formula fed at each feed will depend on the species you are raising.
- A pair of digital scales is also a must have to monitor the weight of the chicks.
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Fledging and weaning
If the parents are raising the young, fledging and weaning should occur naturally. If you have had to hand raise the offspring, once the birds are close to fledging age they should be placed into a horizontal flight cage where they can learn to perch and be given the opportunity to learn to fly and navigate their surroundings (view our range of cages HERE). Weaning age is dependent on the species as well as the individual.
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