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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:40 am    Post subject: Single female kakariki 3 months laid an egg

Hi, I wanna ask for some advice. My kakariki (just 3 months old) has been acting "weird" last few weeks. Making a strange move, sitting with tail up to the wind, neck bent down and opening beak (i thought she was trying to feed imaginary kakariki - I read she could do this thinking of me as her "partner"). Today morning I realized what those moves probably meant - at the bottom of cage I found an egg. I was told it is very rare in such age, just 3 months.
Please, do you have such experience? Or could you please just tell me, how many eggs should she lay and after what time period? And does she lay eggs more times a year? How often?
Thank you for all answers, this is my first kakariki and in my language there are almost no informations abotu kaks, in english forums it is not so easy for me to find what exactly i need.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:32 am    Post subject:

They can lay from that age... although i have never had one do that, other people who keep kakies have. Usually when they start to lay...they will lay an egg every other day. Usually about 7- 10 in a clutch. you could just take the eggs away ...but then she will probably go on laying.... if you leave them there she might start sitting on them.... you could always get her a man friend...??

Sorry that didnt help much... steps is probably better on this for advice ..... he knows a lot about kakies behavior and psycology..

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:54 am    Post subject:

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I was told it is very rare in such age, just 3 months.

No not rare, unusual but she sees u as a good partner thats what happens....we pair up around 3 months, by the time they have chossen their mates thats between 3 and 4 months and they go to nest late winter if it is their 1st time.

I do suspect that hand feed /raised birds are far more likely to 'mate' with owners than avairy breed...I have never seen this behavour in avairy breed kakariki
This them poses the next issue how to stop...honestly I do not know...
Others have had this issue sometimes they just stop other times they keep on.
And how far can kakariki keep on laying raising?
Im currently running an expeiment on this..3 pair, coming into their 4th yr, each has so far raised ove 130 healthy adults with between an 80 and 85% ratio of healty adults to eggs....and they are non stop all yr round.

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Check Rep....I think that is our 1st member from their...a very good Kiwi friend lived there for a while and has married a very nice Chech lady, now living in NZ

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:33 am    Post subject: Thank you

Thanks a lot, guys, I did´t expect so fast reply. :)
I think I´ll wait, probably tommorow there´s gonna be another egg, if so, I was suggested by the lady who gave kaki to me to take it away.
As you say, it should be about 6-7 eggs, if she´s going to continue laying another, I will consider other option, such as giving there some kind of a box, where she could lay the eggs and sit on them (as I read somewhere in this forum, once she realizes they are not gonna hatch, she will give up and not continue laying them).
I think I will let you know how it goes. And btw., her name is Darwin (we thought it was male :-) ).
We got her when she was 2 months old, now it has been 5 weeks since, she does basically all what we expected and read except talking, but we have high hopes :)))
Later I will send a picture, however, we are at the cottage and I don´t have any camera with me.
So once again, thanks so much for these 2 advices (I will be glad if there will be some more, maybe some experiences with this concrete thing).
This is our first bird ever, I have never thought I could have some relationship with "just a bird", until I got one. And kakariki was a great choice, she is so lovely, funny, cute.. And she is nice and lets us sleep till 9 am, sometimes even 10. :-D
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:38 am    Post subject: Re: Thank you

lahvik wrote:

As you say, it should be about 6-7 eggs

Meant 7-10 :)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:27 pm    Post subject:

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I did´t expect so fast reply. :)

Its all about time zones and the great job the moderators and members do here
I dont think this issue has been fully solved with kakariki, so yes let us know what u try, what happens and stuff...we all knew nothing about birds once.....
If she lays a bunch of eggs in a closed nesting box, if she does what they do in avaiaries u may not see here for days on end over 4 to 6 weeks.
So I suggest an something quite open maybe.

Imagine what my Kiwi friend thought when he saw endanged kakariki for sale in a pet shop in Prague Shocked and most NZers have never heard of , see or even heard a kakariki

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:16 pm    Post subject:

Welcome Lahvik

Make sure she gets all the calcium, fosfor, minerals, vitamins etc she needs. Now more than ever!
A female parrot’s/ parakeet's bones become denser during breeding time. This is to enable her to store the calcium needed to create eggshells. A female’s skeleton can weigh up to 20 percent more during breeding season due to calcium storage, than the rest of the time.

So make sure you give her what she needs, otherwise the calcium will have to come from her own body to the cost of her own health.
Check this forum on what to feed her.


And I think you are right, she started to see you as her mate.
Bonding with a bird is a wonderful experience.
However, there is a risk of over bonding.
Be aware of that risk. A bird is capable of having/ showing several emotions. Including jealousy. She could become very possesive towards you and could start to bite you and other members of your family out of frustration.
IF you decide to find her a mate.. it does not neccesarily have to be a kakariki. Specially not if you do not want her to breed. There are several other species she could get along with. Threads about that on this forum as well.

Don't buy her a mate while/if she is still overbonded with you. Chances are she would only chase the newcomer away.
Take a step back towards her, let someone else take care of her for a while and don't encourage her any further for a few weeks and then buy her a mate.. She won't like seeing less of you at first... But it's not half a sad as to letting her think you are her mate.. cause lets be honest,since you are human, you could never live up to her expectations of you...

And don't worry. She will still see you as her friend, just not as her lover.

Good luck with her Lahvik.. she sounds like a wonderful friend!
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