Aviary Birds / Breeding Birds


Bird breeders and those with aviaries (where usually some "breeding activity" occurs - intended or not) - will find this resource a good place to learn about optimal set ups, compatibility issues, care recommendations and more. Share your knowledge of / or learn from others about egg incubation, handraising chicks and more ...

needing info on raising golden red pheasants

Submitted by birdlover888 on Mon, 07/17/2017 - 05:08
I have just rescued a beautiful red golden pheasant. "Flash" is not only strikingly handsome but is fast as the wind. I'm not sure if he was ever in an enclosure or aviary, I have no history on him. but i currently have a 10 by 10 outside AKC dog kennel for him. He spends most of his days in a dog crate on a perch which is on the ground and only comes out a few times a day to look for bugs and eats grass. An avian specialist told me not to be too concerned with this as he must feel safe in the crate and this is good.

How to Restrict breeding

Submitted by LoveBirds on Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:47
What is the best way to restrict my love birds from breeding? I'd hate to separate them but don't want to raise babies. They had one clutch and I only left one egg which hatched but as soon as this baby was weaned, the mating - egg laying - nesting ritual immediately began again. Also, should the baby be housed separately in another cage and if so when?

infertile eggs laid

Submitted by Adrienne Victoria on Tue, 09/08/2015 - 13:35

Hi everyone this is my first post and thought I would ask a question. I recently acquired a new lovebird to have a friend for my male lovebird, and she pretty much immediately started to lay eggs. We had our doubts to whether or not the eggs she laid were fertile, so we candled all five eggs (oldest one is 16 days, youngest is 8 days old). None of them appear to be viable. So my question is, should we just remove them entirely, or wait for her to abandon the nest once they don't hatch? I don't want to cause any stress on her, so I wanted to ask before I do anything.

Conure Eggs Help!

Submitted by RoxysGreenCheeks on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:51

My green cheek conure laid 4 eggs, 2 of which cracked (she didn't lay in nesting box, she laid on a branch, and eggs dropped to bottom of cage). So I have these two eggs in a homemade incubator, humidity, 99 degree temp, but I have no idea what to do when they hatch! They were laid on the 2nd and 5th of April, but I cannot find anything online about what to do when they hatch, only info for eggs, not chicks. Please help me! I need advice on what to do, because all I know is that people feed them Kaytee Extract formula, (my pet store has it) but that's it. 

Egg bound budgie.

Submitted by siberianwatcat on Tue, 02/24/2015 - 15:37

I have a budgie which is egg bound.  There is an egg shaped, egg sixed protrusion distended from her abdomen.

Today I took her to the vet who undertook an x-ray and came back saying that because there is nothing showing on the x ray then the problem is not an egg but instead is constipation.

Please bear in mind that I am in Thailand.  This is not an excuse for bad vetrenary practice but standards are not what they are in the west.

I am not a vet but my bird appears to be pooing ok.  I want to know what I can do. 

Cockateils first clutch

Submitted by elaine7717 on Sat, 01/31/2015 - 05:39

Hello everyone. In the past of I have bred budgies. This is my first time with my cockateils Butter and Toast. Toast was named Toast because when we brought him home from the pet store his phrase was Wheres my Toast? So naturally his mate had to be Butter. Butter surprised us by initatating the breeding process at the young age of 12months. Toast is closer to about 3 years.They mated about 2 weeks ago. I placed a cockateil nestbox in the cage. Both the male and female checked it out but would not enter it. The male made a roundish nest pad on the bottom of the cage out paper towels.