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Old 11-28-2019, 12:53 AM
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Several infertile clutches

Hi Guys,

My Alex's bred last year for the first time. I lost the male halfway through, but the female ended up sitting on the eggs but they turned out to be infertile.

I got her a new male right way and they bonded immediately. In fact, he joined her in the box the same day.

Fast forward to this year and more eggs, but they didn't hatch. She then laid a second clutch within two weeks, and these too were infertile.

Should I allow them a third shot next year, or do I try and source a new female?

I am unsure how old both birds are, however, the male got his ring early this year, so guessing maybe around two years old. The female is either three or four. Oh and the male that I lost last year was four or five, in case that makes a difference to the above.

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Re: Several infertile clutches

Alexandrine only reach sexual maturity until they are 3 years old, if the male has only just got his ring, he still has to be able to 'learn' the ability to mate successfully
Take away the nesting box until next season.
If you let them have a 3rd shot, it will have the same results as the first two, infertile that is
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Re: Several infertile clutches

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Alexandrine only reach sexual maturity until they are 3 years old, if the male has only just got his ring, he still has to be able to 'learn' the ability to mate successfully
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The first male from last year was closer to 5 years old. So would think he would have been able to mate successfully.

I do agree the replacement one is too young. Hence why I think should I let them have another try next year. I just don't want to waste another season if the female is potentially infertile.
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Re: Several infertile clutches

Are you sure they were infertile or did they just not hatch?

How recently have they both had a full vet workup including a blood panel?

What is their diet? Enclosure? Supplements? What kind and size of nest box? Where are you located (in general) what part of the house are they located in?


Btw, if you actually added a new male to the cage if a bearing female you are lucky she didnít kill him on the spot...


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Re: Several infertile clutches

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Are you sure they were infertile or did they just not hatch

Good question.. I remove the eggs after almost 35 days and there were no signs or chicks or fertilization.

They are feed pellets, which I mix with some seeds. They are given fresh fruit and vegetables several times a week, along with nuts twice a week. Supplements are used in their water as directed on bottle.

When available, fresh branches are also given to gnaw on.

Iím in Sydney Australia, the birds are in an aviary outside. They have a choice of two boxes, both whoís dimensions are recommended for Alexís.

I also have Ringnecks (in a separate aviary) that breed successfully every year.



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Btw, if you actually added a new male to the cage if a bearing female you are lucky she didnít kill him on the spot...

He was actually introduced in a separate cage and he was trying to feed her through the bars, so based on this introduced him into the avairy



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