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Old 08-11-2010, 09:20 AM
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Nesting behavior?

I've read a whole lot about breeding behavior but I really want to know what happens when there are no male? I also read a thread about a parrot that displayed nesting behavior and chose a ledge and stayed there all the time, which was a problem.

Sterretjie's food was packed into a carry bag because we went home for 3 days, this is when I discovered that she absolutely LOVES climbing into things. She is so funny!

I gave her a box with treats inside yesterday, the box is big enough for her to completely clime in - tail and all - and it has flaps at the top. She spend the whole day yesterday climbing in and out of the box. She loved it so much that she did not even clime off her cage to say hello to me when we got home. (That was a first!) She just climbed back in her box and we could hear scratching-scratching.

When I checked I saw that she tore parts of the bottom into pieces and also took envelopes that was hanging around her cage and tore it and threw it into the mix. That must have been SOOO much fun!

But, what does this mean, is she just playing or is she building a nest? It really looks like a nest inside. I did not have trouble taking her away from the box nor did she get angry when I took the box.

I gave the box back to her this morning and I can see on the cameras that she is a real busy girl again.

I am thinking that I should treat the box as a toy and give it to her every now and then. That I should only completely remove it when she displays aggression over it. What do you think?

I also had confirmation that she is indeed a girl and about 4 years old.

(After long discussion with my husband and doing days and days - weeks and weeks of reading we have decided that we just do not have the time for another parrot. We also travel long distances at least once a month. We have an iguana, 2 bearded dragons and a parrot in the car and not one of them tolerates the other and all wants my attention. The other house is also just big enough to accommodate the 4 in different rooms while we are in Kruger - there is really no more space.)

For this reason I am providing her with an extremely rich environment - she has a huge cage with loads of branches and toys. She moves freely in and out of it and have a huge tree full of toys plus a swing that hangs from the ceiling and another self-made swing that has lots to do on it. I play a dvd for her that I made about Kruger birds and it also has my voice on it. I change things often as well.


So what do you do when you have a single girl?

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Old 08-11-2010, 09:48 AM
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Re: Nesting behavior?

Yes, it is breeding behavior and the box has become her nest.
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Re: Nesting behavior?

Ok, but seriously, what must I do? I dont want the box to become a problem - will it become a problem? I read on a website that providing a nestbox can also help the girl with frustration?

Here is when I got home tonight, I took a full photo so you can see her setup as well. Inside her cage is a sisal lock thats been there since day one. She hollowed it out halfway but has never shown any aggression about it. (That is mos also considered a nest, isnt it?) She also has a mirror because somebody on this forum said that it might help her with the obsession she had with me.
She loves her mirror.

The little cage in front is what we use as her car seat.
The box is in the left hand corner and she was inside it.



PLEASE tell me if there is any thing wrong or if you notice something that will/can cause problems.

I called her and she popped out of the box and came to say helo to me like she always does.



After a while, when my arm got tired she climbed back into her box, but only for about 5 minutes and then she came surging for me. She tears the box inside and tears the pieces in smaller pieces.





Please tell me if it is ok? Also, she LOVES climbing into anything and everything.

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Re: Nesting behavior?

Wow Steretjie is sure a busy body, with so many toys, and she sure loves boxes.
The pictures are telling a story, she seems happy with what she is doing inside the boxes.
Mishka went through a phase where she played in boxes, and ripped them apart.
I never placed treats inside, perhaps that is why she "lost" interest.
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Sorry I am not much help regarding nesting behavior.
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Re: Nesting behavior?

I'm afraid I'm not much help on this subject either, though I did enjoy the pics, I have to say its seems like she lives better than I do ...lol, Thanks for sharing
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Re: Nesting behavior?

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though I did enjoy the pics, I have to say its seems like she lives better than I do ...lol, Thanks for sharing
She needs all I can give - I need to make up for the previous miserable 4 years she had.

I cant believe there is nobody here who has a single female?
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Re: Nesting behavior?

Quote: Originally Posted by wildheart View Post
Quote: Originally Posted by Bobby34231 View Post
though I did enjoy the pics, I have to say its seems like she lives better than I do ...lol, Thanks for sharing
She needs all I can give - I need to make up for the previous miserable 4 years she had.

I cant believe there is nobody here who has a single female?
I have had a single female budgie. I never added a nest box, so she never displayed that kind of behaviour. I suggest you remove the box, or make it more open with draughts at the bottom. This kind of thing ( not sure if it applies to your species ) causes chronic egg laying, which leads to a much shorter lifespan.
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Re: Nesting behavior?

Thank you so much, I've been googling the wrong thing, I should have googled chronic egg laying.

I now found loads of info on this and I am definitely going to take her box away and her sisal log.

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How long does it take for the eggs to form? What will happen if it already started and I remove her nest?

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Re: Nesting behavior?

It takes the eggs to form about 1-3 days. It she lays after you remove the nest, that is fine as she will probably lay off the perch and won't pay any attention to the egg. Changing the cage around and shortening daylight hours will throw her off that course as well.
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