5 Easy Tips of Breeding Parrotlets in Captivity
Books and online resources about Parrot behavior, care and training are very helpful to Parrot owners. It is known that the little Parrotlets can be quite aggressive and possess destructive nature, so it is always recommended to keep them in solitude, and away from their partners to provide harmony. Only keep a pair together, that too when breeding is needed. Mexicans are less aggressive as compared to other types of Parrotlets.
1. Breeding Age
Usually the Parrotlets breed in winters, which begins in spring and their breeding life lasts about 12 years. They start doing so at the age of 10 months, as soon as they reach their sexual maturity, although it is suggested to breed them once they reach the age of about 1 year at least, whereas if someone owns a Mexican, Yellow face or Blue wing, let them grow until 2 years of age when they are strong enough to start breeding.
2. Parrotlets Pairing
Many people have tried to breed a single pair of Parrotlet at home, but without success. To ensure a safe breeding session, one must be aware of their characteristics, and be able to provide the ideal environment for them. They can be even placed in colonies, separated by wooden bars or something similar. The caging and accessories provided inside the cage should be suitable for the birds to feel free and relax. Use tree branches, proper food dishes and water container. Cleanliness is another factor.
3. Eggs Lying
Eggs range from minimum 4 to maximum 8 in number. The stronger species such as Pacifics can produce more eggs in one sitting as compared to tender species.
Eggs are laid on alternative days. Incubation of hens (female Parrotlets) goes on around 21 days or so, and the hen starts to incubate once she has laid her second egg. Male Parrotlet helps the female by feeding her inside the nest and sitting in nest box at night. This process goes on until eggs hatch. As eggs hatch at different times, that’s why chicks are of different age.
Supplying female with proper nutrition and diet is also very crucial and much needed for the proper breeding session. As the female bird during her Incubation period, may be seen less than usual, she comes out of the box for little water and food less than often.
Following a routine to clean up the shavings inside the nest box is suggestive, to avoid any mishaps of broken eggs or lost eggs, as birds often tend to do that, especially Mexican Parrotlets.
4. Breeding Process
The young Parrotlets breeding can be done in a small nest box, which is easily available at local aviary or pet shops. Make sure that nest box is deep enough to keep the eggs safe and it has proper filling that can be easily changed.
Most of the species are known to produce multiple clutches throughout their mating season, but Green Rumps to be specific, are harder to breed than the most common Pacifics.
The best place to keep the breeding nest boxes is to attach them with the cage, in the way that when parrots are mating, they can only see the inside of the boxes. Privacy is very important for these little birds.
To keep them active and comfortable, it is advisable to keep more than one pair in the box, but in a place where they could hear but not see each other. When placing the birds in the nest box, the male bird is usually known to check out the box first and then enticing the female into it. The mating can take place several times, so a strong and steady perch should be placed in the concaved box to avoid any possible injuries. Parrotlets are also unique for their sideway mating instead of male sitting on the back of female.
It is advisable; to get some calcium powder during this session and try to sprinkle it on the bird’s food to provide them with additional supplements and you can even hand feed them. Also keep in note, that the food is never soiled by droppings or else it can cause serious harm to the Parrotlet’s health.
Nevertheless, at the time of removing eggs or babies, proper caution must be taken to avoid any serious damage, as female birds usually attack when they see their babies or eggs being taken away.