My first parakeet was adopted from my friend who had an allergic reaction to her--hair loss. She (my friend) had origanally bought a boy and a girl and put them in a small cage, the boy died. I have now had her for about a year ( sweetart! ) and I recently adopted two more parakeets because the owner got too old to take care of them. It is a boy and a girl in seperate cages( I checked the ceeres first thing ) and I was going to just get the girl to introduce with my girl but the pair was bonded and called for each other so I could not bear to seperate them. Since then I have been thinking of breeding in the near future so I do have a few questions. My first one is about my preffered breeding female, Sweetart. She is 2, 2 1/2 around there and the sweetest thing ever. Although my friend did not ever take her out of her cage I trained her within about a week, I was able to do that because of her great additude and her ability to adjust. I checked her cere and it is brown and rough so I think seh is sexually mature. But she is very small and I worry that may end up in diffuculty, what do you think? Another question is about my other female tweedy, her cere is rough but it is ivory does that mean that she is not sexually mature? Her last owner had her for 6 months so including the 2 months it takes for the budgie to be old enough to rehome she is probably around 8-10 months. I also wanted to say I am a gerbil breeder so I understand the responsibility it takes to do this as I am only 13. I also know that I have to be there a lot so I am going to try to do this during the summer, brreding season for parakeets is spring summer right? thanks in advance for your help! -Kate
I agree with blr. IF you breed, you should breed Tweedy, not Sweetart. That is because Tweedy and the male are already bonded and are going to want to breed and will work togteher beter to raise a successful clutch. Also, if you are aying that Tweedy is very small then yes, she could have difficulty laying eggs and cold end up eggbound or she may just use up a lotof her cutrients from her small body which is never good. Be sure that you have a REASON to breed you keets and homes that they can go to once they hatch. Good luck.
If the cere is ivory and rough then she is a female but can you specify what you mean by ivory? And is it flakey? And a female keet can go into breeding mode at any time of year, not only spring and summer.
Shwam - welcome to the forum - to answer your question - no chance - they probably will - but no way to make it happen. Besides the female has to be in breeding mode. Read the section on breeding. It has a wealth of information.
Her cere (the part above her beak where her nose is) will turn brown and sort of crusty looking when she's in breeding mode. See the picture of Tiki, the light blue bird, in my signature picture for an example of this.
Oh you just got me excited!!!! Her cere is a dark brown color!! so is there anything that I need to do for the male when the female is in breeding mode? Oh and by the way... my birds are named Flutter(female) and Woodstock(male)
Shwam - how long have you had your keets. Please read LLPB post about Breeding Parakeets. It is in the Parakeet Breeding section. There are many things that need to be done to breed a pair of keets. Her post has really good information in it.
You have been given some really good advice about reading the breeding pages and you have. Have you also had a check up at the vet to make sure they are ok to bread healthwise? Have you also asked your parents if they are willing to support you financially in your breeding efforts. If medical help is needed for the breeding pair, they will be the ones paying the bills and you wouldn't want to be left with no other options.
You seem very excited about breeding your keets and You have been given some really good advice about reading the breeding pages. Have you also had a check up at the vet to make sure they are ok to bread healthwise? Do you also have a medical fund set aside if medical help is needed for the breeding pair, and the babies is there are problems. I don't mean to rain on your happiness but as blr said, breeding is verious serious because things can happen that are unplanned. Good Luck