Tips for Breeding Parrots

Posted on March 30th, 2010 by Angie in Breeding Parrots


Many parrot owners would like to breed their birds. Many experienced parrot owners do not fully understand some of the basics of breeding parrots. There are a couple of tips for breeding parrots that should always be followed.

Privacy
You like your privacy when you are breeding and so do your parrots. Parrots are more likely to breed if you leave them alone. Give them a private room in the breeding process. If you need to know if your parrots successfully breed, set up a baby monitor so that you can observe them from a different room.

If you will be leaving the parrots together to breed for a few days then you can go visit the parrots once a day to change water, add food, and any of your other parrot related chores. Once you are done feeding and watering the parrots leave them alone and do not go back to the cages until the following day to repeat the feeding process.

Cage Size
You parrots need to have ample room. If you have a small cage and then add another parrot your parrots will be unhappy. It is unethical to try and breed parrots in a small cage. There are courtship rituals that the male parrot performs and if he is unable to perform them then aggression towards the female may occur.

In cages with ample room aggression rarely occurs among breeding parrots as long as there are some toys for the parrots to play with.

These are the two most important tips for breeding parrots.

4 Comments on “Tips for Breeding Parrots”

  1. Tracey Jacobs

    Thank you for such an educational and humane commentary. I have two macaws that I love dearly. I don’t intend to breed them, simply love them as my kids. Should I pass away before thet do, would your organization take them in? Of course I would bequst a trust account for their care. Thank you for the wonderful work you do.

  2. Angie

    Hi Tracey,

    Many thanks for your kind words. I’m wishing you and your two macaws a long and bright future together. Macaws are such beautiful parrots.

    It’s great to hear that you want to secure your macaws’ future and to make sure they are taken care of if need be. Your best option would be to contact your nearest pet shop or an animal shelter and I’m sure they are able to provide you with adequate details and help in that direction.

    All the best,
    Angie

  3. Ana

    I have just inherited a pair of breeding macaws. I have handfed babies for my grandfather for many years but I never took care of the parents before.
    They are aggressive. They have a HUGE indoor cage.
    My question is… How do I clean their cage?
    With my parrots it’s easy… I just take them out and clean the cage. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Angie

    Hi Ana,
    Regarding your question of cleaning your macaws housing. It is hard to say without knowing the layout of the cage but it is best to divide the cage if possible. In that case you can clean the area without the macaws first and then swap sides with them to do the rest of the cage. Please keep in mind that once the young have been born, you may startle the macaws by entering their cage, so cleaning beforehand is essential to ensuring good hygiene and cleanliness.
    Good luck,
    Angie

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