Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 7:09 pm Post subject: Breeding in a mixed aviary
I got a mixed aviary, and I know it's fare from optimal, but I aint got room for more. For the time beeing it's a small indoor aviary about 1x3meters long. Hopefully tho, the outdoor aviary will be ready by the end of this weeked, opening up another 2x5 meters which im sure gonna suit my Kakarikis nicely.
Anyway, I noticed my Kakariki was acting very much like a pair, preeing and feeding eachother and so forth, so I decided to give it a go and hang up 3 nestboxes in the aviary. The Kakarikis went nuts the second I hang it up, making alot of noise and acting very interested in the nestbox. The hen went in pretty much straight away, and it's now not uncommon to find her sitting in the nestbox when I go check on them. It's only been a few days, so im guessing that even if im very luck, eggs are a week away.
But what makes me wonder is the fact that the Kakarikis dont seem to claim the nestbox for themself at all. Every now and then I can see a cockatiel sitting on the nestbox perch relaxing while the kakarikis are feeding etc. Is it normal to claim a nestbox and defend it, even at this early point? Im abit afraid that they are giving up defending the box with 5 cockatiels running about in there as well.
And im also guessing that a breeding cage wount be a good options, with birds as active as kakarikis.
how are they doing? Mine are in a mixed aviary and they get on well with the cockatiels and the pair of budgies. I'm more worried of the cockatiels fighting between themselves, they always have a good excuse to bite the guy next door! But chicks of every of the tiels and kikes are respected, even when I had to pursue them to get them to the "juveniles" aviary. I'm quite happy with the setup, and I'm going for the same in other of the aviaries. Only the kike hen complains from time to time from inside the nest when brooding, and when comes out to poop everyone gets to the other part of the aviary.
Regarding nests... kikes will be very excited with anything new in the aviary, be it nestboxes or new toys or swinging ropes. Mine never fought for nests. I put 6-7 nestboxes for 4 pairs (3tiels + 1kikes).
Cage breeding I think can be ok. The cage should be big enough as to let them move around comfortably. I have 2 100x50x50 breeding boxes, that although right now are used by forpus, I don't discard using them for 2 pairs of kikes in the future.
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