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couple questions #288140 05/06/08 01:13 AM
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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?
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-Kate

Re: couple questions [Re: kate_liolet] #288152 05/06/08 01:31 AM
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Welcome to the forum.

Sweetart sounds like she is in breeding mode.
What color is tweedy - some color mutations don't follow the simple cere color rules. It sounds like she could also be in breeding mode.

If you have a bonded pair I don't know how it would work out to put the male with Sweetart. There are a lot of people on this forum that could answer that.

You probably don't want to put two females and one male in the same cage. The females will fight over the male, and sometimes do a lot of damage or even kill the other female.

Parakeets are a little more responsibility to breed than gerbils, but it is good that you have the experience.

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I've never breed birds but good luck and I hope we end up getting to see some baby birdie pics!!

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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.


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I already have two probable homes smile . Tweedy is a good size and she is an ino with cinnamon. I won't put them all in the same cage.
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-Kate

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read llpb's post on breeding parakeets

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I have already read the post on breeding smile Can anyone confirm that tweedy is in breeding mode? Spring and summer is breeding season right?
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-Kate

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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.


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Here is a picture of them showing Tweedy's cere. smile[img][IMG]http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj166/gerbils_liolet/IMG_0167.jpg[/img][/img]
Thanks guys, you have been a great help!
-Kate

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Hmm it looks kinda blue in the picture, it is not that way in real life.

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oops I have one more Q..
Is there a way to tell the baby keets gender before their first molt???
-Kate

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yes she is in breeding mode.

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thank you!!!!
-Kate

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Both keets in the picture are female.


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Hey welcome to the forum! I am new too! I also have a question. I have two birds. One female and one male. They have no Intrest in mating but I want them to. Is there any way to get them to mate?

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help

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hey do you know what to do if your keets dont want to mate but you want them to? Is there something to do?

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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.

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THANKS!!!! I do have one more question though. How do you know that she is in breeding mode?

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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. smile See the picture of Tiki, the light blue bird, in my signature picture for an example of this.


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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) smile

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I pretty much agree.


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Your birds are beutiful!!!

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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.

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I have hade woodstock for about two years and flutter for about a year and a half

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my birds just mated! What do I do!!! I just put the nast box in there today!! WHAT DO I DO! I AM SOOOOO CONFUSED

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Read the breeding thread

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ok thanks so much

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Good luck and I hope we get pictures of baby birdies again soon!!

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Just be careful ... I don't know what else to say. Breeding keets is very much serious business.


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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.



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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



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