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Old 12-30-2015, 09:16 PM
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Nesting box yes or no?

So even though I named Caesar I'm not sure if he's a boy or girl. I believe he's a boy but my avian vet told me she had to draw blood to do the test and I don't want to do that to him. So I thought maybe a nesting box would be a good idea. I've looked on a couple sites but haven't found anything I like and I'm wondering if I really need one or not. Right now Caesar is sitting on my phone and finger while I type this so I guess he's interested to know too. If I should look at getting one who sells the best or what do I need?
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Old 12-30-2015, 09:34 PM
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Re: Nesting box yes or no?

I would go ahead with the DNA test. I think it's a much better option than going with the nesting box.

Getting a nesting box isn't really a good idea unless you plan on breeding your birds. Otherwise, it can just lead to behavior problems and hormonal issues as well.
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Old 12-30-2015, 09:38 PM
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Re: Nesting box yes or no?

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I would go ahead with the DNA test. I think it's a much better option than going with the nesting box.

Getting a nesting box isn't really a good idea unless you plan on breeding your birds. Otherwise, it can just lead to behavior problems and hormonal issues as well.
Do you know of another option then drawing blood? The vet i took Caesar to only does it that way and i don't want to put him in pain just so I know if he's a boy or a girl. If there is should I find a new vet?
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Re: Nesting box yes or no?

Yes, there's another way. Check out this company: Avianbiotech.com - Avian Sexing Center They have a GREAT reputation and GREAT prices.

And no, please do NOT provide your bird with a nest box.
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Re: Nesting box yes or no?

Nesting boxes invite hormonal, territorial and general behaviour that is not favourable in companion pets.

And if he is a she, you would in increasing the worry of laying eggs and any problems involved with that.

Please don't
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Re: Nesting box yes or no?

I didn't know about the feather DNA test. That's good to know!

The only methods I was aware of were blood or surgical testing. I certainly was not doing the latter.

Skittles is actually very 'vet friendly'. He loves to go on trips and I don't hear his screeching up a fit when they take him out of the room to do the trims.

I do want to say this much, I think it's very sweet that you don't want to cause your bird ANY discomfort at all. You clearly love your new little fid. But at the same time, I want to say that if the blood sample is the only method your vet uses, I wouldn't make too much of it. It's one test, it's quick and then it's done. There are far more cruel things people subject their pets too.

I do prefer to know the gender of my fids. Not just for the sake of knowing, but also because there are different challenges with the different genders and knowing for sure can help you be more pro-active.
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Re: Nesting box yes or no?

All of this has been super helpful. I ordered the feather collection kit because I can get the feathers off the bottom of cage and it causes no pain to him. Thank y'all!
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Re: Nesting box yes or no?

I do believe the feathers need to be plucked from the chest, they claim this is harmless to the bird
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Re: Nesting box yes or no?

You can also get the blood test for gender done in conjunction with a routine wellness blood test (where your vet does lab work to check for general health). I agree with the others posting about no nest boxes. Amongst the issues others have stated, the nest box can cause a female bird to become egg bound. I know someone whose Macaw had this problem...In 26 years, it was the first egg her body ever produced, and she almost passed away from the surgery and recovery. It was so awful!
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Re: Nesting box yes or no?

@Zephyrfly LOL, they 'claim'. That's funny. Claim being the operative word. I don't see how that would be any less painful than a needle prick, but that's just me.

@Rosembers That's what I had done with Skittles. They wanted to check him for a number of things on his first visit. When I take him to the vet in the Spring, I am having a blood panel done. It may not be fun for him, but I have to have routine bloodwork done as well. It's part of staying healthy.

But it may feel better for Britbryan to have it with the other blood tests so its all done at once.
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