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Posted 4/7/2008 12:13:32 PM Post #1250
 

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I have breed Blue Fronted Amazons before and many smaller species but I have never breed my African Grey's. The male is almost 8 years old and the female is about 7 1/2. They have been together now for about all their lives; as soon as I purchased them just after they were done weaning, I placed them in a cage together.

I did not want to breed them too early so I have just recently given them a nest box. Their initial reaction to the box was to be expected they were scared of it. Now that they are getting calmer with it, they are chewing on the sides of it and have pulled some of the litter inside the box out but they have not gone into it.

It has only been on their cage for about 2 weeks now, I know that is too soon to expect any action but I was hoping that they would have gone in to investigate a little more.

The Blue Fronts that I breed, I bought already as a breeding pair. So I don't know if there is something that I can do to help them feel more comfortable with the nest box.

When I first put the box in there I stuck my hand through the door of the box into their cage to show them that well ' Mom does it so its not that bad' and I pet them with my hand through the nest box.

They have shown signs of affection before, last year they were feeding each other excessively. They have not done it in a while, at least that I have seen, but I believe it is pretty safe to say they are a bonded pair.

I was just wondering if there are any tips that I could have to make them more comfortable with it or in general.


Erica Hedden

Parrot Paradise Inc.
Posted 4/6/2011 10:09:01 PM Post #2579
 

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my males always chew the entrance hole up prior to action. They are prepapring the nest for their females. Also you will put the shavings in the box and they will throw half out. Soon after they spend almost all their time in the box. Prior to laying you will notice big glops of poo from the famle. Also they prefer plenty of privacy for mating. also recommend fresh fruits veggies and nuts daily to stimulate breeding it simulates to them it is harvest time. Hope that helps.
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