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james1997
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:38 am    Post subject: Female isn't laying!!!

Hi everyone,
I have a pair of redfronted kaks and so far they have successfully raised 2 clutches, unfortunately only 1 chick out of 8 eggs in each clutch hatched, so 2 chicks in total. The second chick is 8 weeks on thursday and is neary ready to be removed from mum and dad, however the female hasn't laid any eggs since. They get fresh fruit and veg evryday, mineral block, cuttlefish, seed and mealworms occasionally. Im not to bothered if shes not intersted anymore, however they have been mating and shes in her box quite often. Just wondering can this be a sign that somethings wrong and why isn't she laying?
Any advise/reply appreciated.
Thanks
James
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:19 am    Post subject:

Quote:
mealworms occasionally

That is where your problem must proberly is.
"A varied, consistant balanced diet."

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:59 am    Post subject:

Please expand steps? meal worms no good? to much too little as mine are on live meals?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:41 am    Post subject:

It is not the "mealworms" but the "occassionally" that is the problem
Protein, iron are a huge part of a kakarki diet.
Rem NZ has no mammels, our birds fill in these gaps in the ecocolical balance of nature...

There is a sticky thread thread "what do you feed...."
Left over cooked copped chicken carcasses , left over chops, steak, casserolle meat....its not just the meat but protein and iron in the smashed bones...and the calcuim in the bone cartiledge....which requires the phosphorus out of the cali and broccolli stems to absorb.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject:

Royston,

it's possible that something is lacking in their diet, it seems that a good and regular amount of animal flesh and bones seem to be beneficial for them.

I think mealworms are a good source of animal protein for them. Some of my kakas love them, and like any other food, in a reasonable quantity nothing is harmful.
And if you have a place where you can store them in a plastic container it's a good way of recycling old bread and having a perennial supply of mealworms.
Boiled eggs and eggfood are also another good source of protein.

If you are already feeding vegs daily try adding more protein in their diet, it could make the difference.

Cheers/ Pablo

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