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Old 02-08-2018, 09:45 AM
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Dexter has been making advances towards Bella.
This has previously consisted of him chasing her and her getting angry and confused, she'd growl at him and say "What cha doin?!"

But last night she seemed to enjoy the attention and seemed to be playing kiss-chase with him.
He'd fly over to her and announce "Dexter" while doing his open wing shrug.
She'd reply "Hi ya" "Bellaaaaa"
They'd have some beak contact
She'd chatter away to him saying "Look!" "D'ya want some yummy?" "Mmmmmm delicious!" "Yummy yummy yummy yummy yummy"
They were chasing eachother around - flying from room to room and repeating their little conversions.

It was very cute and funny, but it makes me wonder if I should be letting them be flirty...
Bella is not quite 'of age' yet, but when she is, what's the best strategy?
  • Should I be not letting them out together?
  • Or am I just to intervene when they are attempting to be 'physical'?
  • Or do I let them mate and not worry about Bella laying eggs (she has nowhere they can go other than through the bottom of the cage grill.)
  • Or should I give her a nesting spot and switch her eggs out for fakes?

I was wondering how people usually manage having multiple parrots that... erm... 'get along' but don't wish to breed them. Please advise!
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Re: What's The Best Strategy To Manage Males And Females Without Breeding?

what would you do with the eggs you switch out for fakes?


Also nesting spot or not, mating or not, female birds can still lay eggs (if not mating, then the eggs won't be fertile, obviously).


If she winds up laying eggs, she will need higher calcium in her diet as egg laying (fertile or not) leeches calcium from the bones.

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Old 02-10-2018, 05:30 AM
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Re: What's The Best Strategy To Manage Males And Females Without Breeding?

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what would you do with the eggs you switch out for fakes?


Also nesting spot or not, mating or not, female birds can still lay eggs (if not mating, then the eggs won't be fertile, obviously).


If she winds up laying eggs, she will need higher calcium in her diet as egg laying (fertile or not) leeches calcium from the bones.
Odd question... but I normally bury my pigeons eggs as they make for a good natural fertiliser, so I'd imagine I'd do the same with Bellas eggs when the time comes. She isn't old enough to lay eggs yet though.

I am aware she will lay eggs regardless. (I already have to manage my pigeons eggs as they would constantly lay, so they have to be given dummy eggs, so that they rest and don't deplete their calcium to a dangerous level, but they are also given a liquid Calcivet product too).
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Old 02-10-2018, 05:33 AM
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Re: What's The Best Strategy To Manage Males And Females Without Breeding?

I was really looking for a reply relating to the best approach for the parrots psychologically speaking. I have listed the possible ways of managing mating / egg laying (that I can think of) and was wanting to know as to which option is likely to be the least distressing for the birds or if anyone else has an alternative to suggest?

Anyone who has mixed sex parrots and doesn't breed them, I would be interested as to how you manage your flocks interactions, mating and egg laying... anyone???
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Down the line, I may get a female ekkie. I already have a male ekkie and I don't mind them mating, but I don't want them breeding, either. That's why I asked what you would do with the eggs.
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Re: What's The Best Strategy To Manage Males And Females Without Breeding?

I don't have an answer for you because I think it will depend.

  • Should I be not letting them out together? I would let them out together. They love their flock and the playing together is good for them. But that is the way I think.
  • Or am I just to intervene when they are attempting to be 'physical'? I wouldn't intervene. Again, it is part of playing and being in the flock. But that is the way I think.
  • Or do I let them mate and not worry about Bella laying eggs (she has nowhere they can go other than through the bottom of the cage grill.) It is part of nature. I wouldn't worry about the eggs unless she started laying more than 2-3 times a year. But that is the way I think.
  • Or should I give her a nesting spot and switch her eggs out for fakes? My first Ekkie (she died last June) didn't lay eggs as long as she didn't have her hut or a nest. She shared the cage with a male Ekkie until he became aggressive and started stressing her out. Just keep an eye on them. You will know what to do when the time comes.
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Re: What's The Best Strategy To Manage Males And Females Without Breeding?

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what would you do with the eggs you switch out for fakes?


Also nesting spot or not, mating or not, female birds can still lay eggs (if not mating, then the eggs won't be fertile, obviously).


If she winds up laying eggs, she will need higher calcium in her diet as egg laying (fertile or not) leeches calcium from the bones.
I let my girl sit on the eggs. They weren't fertile. They didn't smell. She eventually quit sitting on them.

You can replace them with fake. Some people boil them and then put them back. I have a super sensitive nose and they never smelled bad to me.
There are lots of ways to get her some calcium.
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Re: What's The Best Strategy To Manage Males And Females Without Breeding?

While Maya showed some HEAVY interest in Bixby, she barely acknowledges Jolly's existence. So it's not really an issue with which I've had to contend. But that said, in the unlikely event that she did develop romantic notions for Sir Jolly, I'd probably go with switching out the eggs. And as was mentioned, I probably wouldn't really worry unless she started laying more than 3 times in a given year. That's when the possibility of calcium depletion comes into play.

Watching those videos of Bella and Dexter a few minutes ago, though, I think the issue is more or less imminent with them. She's definitely interested. And... obviously... so is he.
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Re: What's The Best Strategy To Manage Males And Females Without Breeding?

Quote: Originally Posted by Dopey View Post
I don't have an answer for you because I think it will depend.

  • Should I be not letting them out together? I would let them out together. They love their flock and the playing together is good for them. But that is the way I think.
  • Or am I just to intervene when they are attempting to be 'physical'? I wouldn't intervene. Again, it is part of playing and being in the flock. But that is the way I think.
  • Or do I let them mate and not worry about Bella laying eggs (she has nowhere they can go other than through the bottom of the cage grill.) It is part of nature. I wouldn't worry about the eggs unless she started laying more than 2-3 times a year. But that is the way I think.
  • Or should I give her a nesting spot and switch her eggs out for fakes? My first Ekkie (she died last June) didn't lay eggs as long as she didn't have her hut or a nest. She shared the cage with a male Ekkie until he became aggressive and started stressing her out. Just keep an eye on them. You will know what to do when the time comes.
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what would you do with the eggs you switch out for fakes?


Also nesting spot or not, mating or not, female birds can still lay eggs (if not mating, then the eggs won't be fertile, obviously).


If she winds up laying eggs, she will need higher calcium in her diet as egg laying (fertile or not) leeches calcium from the bones.
I let my girl sit on the eggs. They weren't fertile. They didn't smell. She eventually quit sitting on them.

You can replace them with fake. Some people boil them and then put them back. I have a super sensitive nose and they never smelled bad to me.
There are lots of ways to get her some calcium.
Thanks for the consice advice! Much appreciated!
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Old 02-15-2018, 06:22 AM
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Re: What's The Best Strategy To Manage Males And Females Without Breeding?

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While Maya showed some HEAVY interest in Bixby, she barely acknowledges Jolly's existence. So it's not really an issue with which I've had to contend. But that said, in the unlikely event that she did develop romantic notions for Sir Jolly, I'd probably go with switching out the eggs. And as was mentioned, I probably wouldn't really worry unless she started laying more than 3 times in a given year. That's when the possibility of calcium depletion comes into play.

Watching those videos of Bella and Dexter a few minutes ago, though, I think the issue is more or less imminent with them. She's definitely interested. And... obviously... so is he.
Thanks for the opinion on the eggs. Though now I think about it, it will depend if she let's me take them away! She can be rather bossy with that beak!

Interesting how Maya doesn't seem interested in Jolly. Is there an age difference or maturity factor at play?

I wanted to know, do you have them both uncaged at the same time, and if so, how do they interact? Will they sit together? Do they get hostile at all if they 'invade' eachothers space? Just curious...
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