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Old 11-08-2015, 11:43 AM
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Do indian ringnecks follow normal breeding seasons when kept indoors?

Hello we have a bonded pair of ringnecks which we got from a pet shop before last Christmas where they was kept in the back to breed . We got them with a montana cage so we put a nestbox on the side and straight away they was preening each other and preping the nest in the summer just gone they had 2 clutches of 6 eggs but only one hatched and we let them raise him till he was ready to wean out , then we took the nestbox off .
We have now put them in a bigger cage which is longer and the nestbox as been on for a few weeks and they have been preparing it since we put it on .
I was going to put this cage in my shed on the wall inside with a carpet round and a cover and attach a flight on the outside so they can go in and out as they please ,but im not sure if it be too cold for them ( im in England ) , with them being use to being indoors all the life .
So if I keep them indoors will they still only breed once a year in the spring or will they try more times because its warmer all the time?
Or will putting them outside put them off all together because there not used to it ?
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:04 PM
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Re: Do indian ringnecks follow normal breeding seasons when kept indoors?

From what I understand of Ringneck breeding, they do come into a certain season and do only seem to breed at particular times. There is always the chance of a double clutch though, which is what happened with your pair. My breeder kept her birds inside at all times in a separate facility and they only bred once a year, with a few mature pairs successfully raising a double clutch. But I'm no experienced breeder and I plan to keep it that way. We do have a few members who breed, and a select few who are experienced with Ringnecks so hopefully they step in to answer more accurately.

Also... if they had six eggs and only one survived, are you sure you want them breeding anymore than they already are? It sounds like they're very inexperienced parents. That, or the male didn't successfully fertilize one of the clutches, which you can determine by candling each egg to see if that was the case. Keeping them in different temperatures may not be so terrible in terms of them successfully breeding, but if the nest box isn't warm enough and the hen doesn't brood properly then the eggs will simply die due to lack of heat.

Is there a particular reason you want the birds to breed?
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