Parrot Breeding Periods

Parrot Breeding Periods. Breeding birds means you have to understand the additional dietary needs for breeding;

Parrot Breeding Periods of your bird acting funny? When dealing with Yellow-naped Amazon parrots or other parrots. She walks around the house and finds empty nesting boxes lately- sometimes she bites the wood, other times she tries to go in, even if they are too small. In Lorenza’s case, I don’t want her to lay eggs! She has no male Amazon to fertilize them, and Amazons are aggressive breeders. Not sure I want that for her. So, she has no bed or box in her cage, where she sleeps at night (she’s out most of the day). Parrot eggs for sale 

If you have outdoor birds, spring may bring a change in your bird, making them unrecognizable! Males get super defensive, females too, and the hens start to hide out in their nesting box or cozy. Both are busy and have no time for you because they are playing house!

Is A Male Parrot Required?

Female parrots do not need a male to lay eggs; they generally require a good diet and a space to nest. Some birds will use their food bowl if they have nothing else. Generally speaking, if you don’t want them to lay eggs because it taxes their body (since it takes energy and a lot of vitamins and minerals from them) and stresses them out, there are a couple of things to do.

You can remove eggs as they are laid, which is sad. They look surprised and frantic when the eggs disappear (if you do this, I recommend making sure they don’t see you doing so). People sometimes replace the eggs with plastic or wood eggs so they don’t hatch. This way, the hen gets to sit on her clutch of eggs, and eventually, she’ll give up because they didn’t hatch.

You can also provide no nesting box, though our budgie flew to another parrot’s cage and claimed the cozy (a fabric ”tent” for them to sleep in) and cage for herself; when I gave her the cage because she kept insisting, she laid her eggs. So, some birds want to be parents.

Seeing the eggs and then seeing tiny, naked dinosaurs is fantastic! Parrots are born naked (people keep offering to knit sweaters for the babies – LOL!) It provides a unique perspective on the miracle of life, except there are no expensive human hospital bills, no crying in the middle of the night, and no diapers to change! The mom parrot handles it all, generally with the support of her mate.

Do I Recommend Breeding?

If you are comfortable living the Parrot Life, you may love breeding parrots. Certain animals are more than pets; they are a lifestyle, and having parrots means you take on a Parrot Life. Farm animals, like horses and parrots, take much time and dedication to care for physically (food, cleaning) and emotionally (bonding, mentally stimulating/training, and engaging them).

To give you a good idea of what it’s like:

Breeding birds means you must understand the additional dietary needs for breeding; you also have to be ready to help an egg-bound parrot hen (which means that she can’t get the egg out of her vent; it’s stuck). You also want to learn about the babies to recognize signs of abandonment by the parents, which means you may need to take over and offer heat and round-the ⏰ clock feedings!

Breeding parrots can be a spectator sport or a rather involved chore. So, if you enjoy your Parrot Life and want more of it, try breeding. If not, I’d avoid it. Keep your males and females separate.

Opinion Note: Budgies are fantastic. They are undervalued. They are more intelligent than people recognize, much easier to care for (compared to most parrots), and some of the best talkers. However, they are too inexpensive in a pet store. I do not recommend breeding them; there is not enough demand for them. People can make a cheap purchase ($20 to $100) and then only sometimes take care of a budgie like they would if they had paid $3,000 or more for a Golden Conure or an African Grey. Even a Green-cheek conure at $200 to $500 means people are more invested financially and personally.

If you are going to breed parrots, breed parrots that will help you pay for all the bird toys, cages, and food you are spending money on; an exotic bird, not just by definition, but also by the price tag. Unfortunately, the price tag produces a perceived value and more excellent caring for a parrot. Our budgie is determined, but we are limiting her.

How Many Eggs In A Parrot’s Nest?

Eggs can have different shapes – they can be more oval or tear-drop-shaped. Depending on the kind of parrot you have, 3 to 6 eggs is a ”normal” clutch size. A rule of thumb is that the smaller the birds, the more often they breed and the more they tend to have larger clutches. Larger birds tend to lay less often and lay fewer eggs. For example, finches (not hook-bills) tend to lay eggs one clutch right after another with 4 to 6 or more eggs. If you let them, they will produce several clutches per year – easily over 20 babies. Palm cockatoos, in sharp contrast, only make a clutch every couple of years  usually with only one egg.

Again, these are the ”extremes” to give you an idea of how many eggs and how often a parrot produces. Most parrots are produced twice a year only since they are smaller than finches.

How Long & How Do I Know?

Most parrot eggs incubate for 22 to 28 days once the hen has begun incubating her eggs. A hen will often wait until she has two eggs to start to sit on them, incubating them.

At seven days of incubation (we always give it a couple more days), you can “candle the eggs” to see if your hen’s eggs are fertile.

Take her eggs out (we like to do it when she’s out of her nest eating) and gently hold them up to the light using the flashlight on your phone.

The photo shows a ”clear” egg, which means that even though she has incubated the egg (it’s warm to the touch because she’s been sitting on it) for over seven days, it is infertile. If her egg were fertile, it would not have a light yellow color. Instead, veins start to form, literally lines on the walls. The yellow also gets darker as the days go by. You can see a little birdie’s birdie’s body around 3/4 of the way through incubation!

Egg Problems

Sometimes, you’ll find a broken egg, or part of one, in the nest or in your parrot’s cage. If an egg is too soft, she may lack the minerals and calcium (especially) she needs to make a strong enough egg. It can also be that the parrot parents are breaking the eggs, which they do when they do not feel it is safe to have babies. You can move their cage to a quieter, safer space if they are too stressed.

Touch the broken eggshell. If it is soft, provide a mineral block and calcium. This can be as easy as baking your breakfast eggshells. Rinse them and bake them in an oven until they are dry, then grind them up and add them to your parrot’s veggies (which they tend to eat more of when they are breeding) or in a separate dish.

You may also notice that part of the shell is gone. This is because hens can eat the shell, re-absorbing the calcium they need for themselves or their nest egg.

A Parrot Life

Yes, breeding is a blast! But, it has stress built in. Some babies hatch and then die- this can be due to a lack of food or a problem that you have not caused. Parrots breeding and feeding eat triple (or more), and smaller birds need more seeds than they need in the off-season. The same is true for the larger parrots, too, but the smaller ones need more all around due to their faster metabolisms. That’s how they out-fly the larger birds; they burn more calories and need more.

Parrots are amazing animals, some of the most intelligent. Their natural habitats are disappearing; whether right or wrong, the fact that people provide them homes as pets offers a new chance at life. Some are greatly opposed to breeding; others find that it helps the family psittacines keep from going extinct. Parrots are familiar, but like Amazons, Sun Conures, and African Greys, they are endangered. When parrots are well-taken care of, they can live longer than they would in nature since they have food and a lack of predators; they can keep healthier because they can be fed a parrot-balanced diet and keep more beautiful plumage.


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