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Thanks for that quick reply Kaz

So how do you sex Princess Parrots? when mum bought them she was assured they were a pair and my above explanation was what she was told from the bird shop.

 

Hubby informs me that mums avairy is at least 6ft x 6ft not 4x4

 

Thanks Libby

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Sexing at the age they would have been when your Mum bought them should have been done by dna test..........costs around $30 each and a certificate is given. Sounds more like someone guessed. Best size aviary for a breeding pair of princesses would be 3m by 3m.

At the age of 2 and a half a male will get whats called SPATULES on the end of a flight feather......like this DSCF9479.jpg

 

 

 

LINK for DNA test http://www.genescience.com.au/ $21.90 per bird.

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The babies are sooo cute Kaz :) They remind me of something but I can't think what haha

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The babies are sooo cute Kaz :) They remind me of something but I can't think what haha

 

 

They are pretty ugly :blink: Getting huge real fast too.

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:blink: your poor babies!! They'll get a complex hahaha :huh: They aren't ugly....just different :) I still can't think what they remind me of
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Lots of Princess parrot babies now :D

 

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and we also have canary babies, a baby quail and baby gouldian finches

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So many beautiful Birds... How many birds do you think all up you and Ken will have to cull when you move to the new house? :( Poor birds, the ones you do cull will feel like they're moving from the Hilton down to Formula1 Hotels. (Not that there is anything wrong with Formula1 Hotels, they're just a lot cheaper, and the rooms tend to be smaller, to stay in than the Hilton... )

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So many beautiful Birds... How many birds do you think all up you and Ken will have to cull when you move to the new house? :( Poor birds, the ones you do cull will feel like they're moving from the Hilton down to Formula1 Hotels. (Not that there is anything wrong with Formula1 Hotels, they're just a lot cheaper, and the rooms tend to be smaller, to stay in than the Hilton... )

 

We will most likely have to cut in half the numbers of all the birds.

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Four of our baby Princesses ( Smokeys babies ) have gone to be handraised by an experienced person in handraising. She wants to keep a couple and onsell the others.

We have currently three babies in one nest

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Velchro ( our tame boy ) and his hen Blu-tac have four babies including a red eyed chick ( likely to be white )

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and theres another five babies in another nest

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we have four baby canaries at fledging point

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one just fledged

 

and another five baby canaries growing on.

 

we also have a baby quail.

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at Amy S: "Dandelion puffs"?? :lol:

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We have a spare hen.........a yellow Princess

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she was exhibiting nesting behaviour and since the other males were occupied with their partners she was a spare hen. We saw her laying eggs on the floor of the aviary. My husband put her in a spare nestbox where she proceeded to lay and sit on eggs. We thought she was going it all alone and my husband even thought of selling her. We just got her nestbox down off the wall to maybe throw out her non fertile eggs so she wasnt sitting for nothing.

But I decided to candle them in case.

Out of four eggs she has two fertile eggs.......surprise, surprise :o

 

So that means one of the boys has mated with her as well as his own hen.

More chicks expected now that werent expected before this. :D

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WOW!! What a lovely surprise that must have been to see that the eggs were fertile :D When the babies feather up, will you know who the father is?

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Such gorgeous babies Kaz, and to get extra's. wow thats a lovely surprise.

 

I'd never seen baby princess parrots before, they are so fuzzy and cute. As rachel asked, will you know who the sneaky daddy is?

 

We are waiting on quail eggs to hatch, all excited about it, as it will be nice to have little chicks other than budgies. We had finch eggs once, but she abanoned the eggs and they never hatched..

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Hahahaha!! Thats Gold! If you ever find out who the dad is you should name him "Yonni" in honor of the Chilean Miner Yonni Barrios who had a mistress on the side only to be found out by his wife when the cave in happened!

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We have our suspicions who the father is but most likely will not know unless results from the chicks point us in a certain direction :D

 

 

We are waiting on quail eggs to hatch, all excited about it, as it will be nice to have little chicks other than budgies.

 

We had some quail eggs hatch but of three babies only one made it. Currently about two inches tall and running round the aviary floor.

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Four more of our baby Princesses went to a new home be handraised today. We have 8 babies left.

We normally let our princesses raise their own babies but with moving soon we cant do that.

Its BREEDING CENTRAL in Kens aviary right now. Four baby canaries fledged today. Another nest had another four in it but the parents abandoned them and began another nesting site. I was supplement feeding the canaries in their nest for the past two days but it became apparent today I had to bring the four babies inside to look after. So I am now handraising four baby canaries.

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and this afternoon when we went in to check all in the aviary we had to watch where we stepped as there was 8 new baby quails running all around too having just hatched this afternoon.

 

:D

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Awww baby quails!!! Quails rock!! They're the second best bird to keep I reckon!

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I now have a baby quail inside. Found it laying on its side in the aviary so I have it inside and I am feeding it too. I will put it back when it gets stronger.

 

Word of warning to anyone who may think of trying this :o

 

 

Baby quails get out through the bars of a budgie show cage. This one did. The cage was on the bathroom counter and I found the baby quail sitting in the bathroom sink :D

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Awww... We'll have to change your nick to 'Mother Duck' with all this hand rearing! Do you have quails on the bottom of your aviary as well or just Kens aviary?

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Awww... We'll have to change your nick to 'Mother Duck' with all this hand rearing! Do you have quails on the bottom of your aviary as well or just Kens aviary?

 

Quails are in Kens aviary because its big and soil floors. Mine is concrete floors and I am not a fan of quails. I will support and care for the ones we have but I wont put them in with my budgies :D

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Cute canaries! With the move, will you slowly take the nests away, or all at once? Cute baby quails, I love mine but mince normally hatch in the morning, and by the time I get there in the 'arvo, dad has killed them :( I think I may try putting them in a brooder next time.

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Cute canaries! With the move, will you slowly take the nests away, or all at once? Cute baby quails, I love mine but mine normally hatch in the morning, and by the time I get there in the 'arvo, dad has killed them :( I think I may try putting them in a brooder next time.

 

I always thought the dads had killed the babies that didnt survive too but this time around its was the dads sitting on the eggs and when the hcicks hatched and ran around after the dads.........everytime the dad stopped the babies jumped into the Dads feathers !! It looks real funny seeing dad quail with baby feet sticking out from his feathers. Off he walks again and the babies jump out and run after dad. he stops and they jump back in his feathers again. :D

 

The birds will be the last thing we move, so we have time to plan ahead :)

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The baby quail died......I guess it was too far gone when I found it.

Still hand raising baby canaries.

 

Went in Kens aviary tonight just before dinner time and found a baby canary lying on its side on the ground, out of its nest ( looked like parents had tossed it out ) and it was stone cold and near death.

I brought it inside warmed it by warm breath cupped in my hands and then gave it a warm feed. The baby canary has now spent the past two hours wrapped in tissue and down my cleavage. Its the best way I could think of to keep it warm and get its body temperature up. So far so good :D

 

Pardon the cleavage shot :P

 

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The canary in my cleavage is doing much better. As baby birds wont poop in their own nest............a short while ago it got real restless and was moving all around in my cleavage area. I peered in just in time to see him back his butt out of his cosy tissue nest to poop on my "****" :lol:

He took his next feed well and is sleeping.

 

Dilemna :blink: at some point I have to put him in a warm place for the night. The other canaries dont need extra warmth. So I will have to create a place with a warm lamp for this little one, and hope I see him alive in the morning :)

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