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Posted 11/3/2008 7:22:00 AM Post #1638
 

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I just got 2 new bourke parakeets and I'm sooooooo excited. I have females already and just got the males. This will be my first time breeding the bourke's so anyone w/ experience/input would be great.   The females are normals and the males are the rosey (beautiful!!) They are in quarentine for now so I have plenty of time to get more educated on them before putting them w/ the females. I can't wait!!

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Darcel

Posted 1/6/2009 5:25:48 PM Post #1734
 

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Congrats! I love the bourke's also and would love to obtain a wild type pair. Mine mainly consist of the rosy and cinnamon varieties. You will get years of enjoyment from these birds I guarantee!

Best in Flight Aviary
Posted 1/2/2010 3:47:52 PM Post #2130
 

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i too just got a pair of bourkes they are great. when i got them there was a egg in the nest box the lady said it was theres but it is small about the size of a finch maybe a little larger should i remove it to give them a fresh start, i have had them about 3 days and they havnt even went back in the box
Posted 2/11/2010 7:09:23 PM Post #2177
 

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Hi, I'm new here so I'm not sure how old your post is. I've raised Bourkes for several years. Currently, I have 7 pairs and three are raising young. The others I've restricted from breeding at present. After two or three clutches, they need to rest for a few months. If you have a parakeet nest box that works well. Unlike budgies, however, most Bourkes like one to two inches of pine shavings in the bottom of the box. A small egg is unlikely to hatch. Check out my blog where I show various sized Bourke eggs.  http://thesplendidbourkebirdblog.blogspot.com/

Do you know that Bourke color is sex linked? If your hens are normals then all your normal babies will be male. All hens will be Rosy like their father. So, when you have a mixed pair, sexing is easy! The babies color will match the parent of the opposite sex. This has always proven true for me. I have only one exception. A normal male whose father was a rosy is with a normal hen. They throw 50% Rosys and they are always hens. All their normals have always been male. So, the normal looking male is heterozygous...You can find more on this by searching the internet. His son is with a rosy hen and I'm eager to see what they throw. Most likely the son is homozygous and will throw normal hens, whereas his rosy mate will throw rosy males. 

I love my Bourkes and have lots of stories to share if you're interested. I've hand fed many of them too. You can reach me at rosie.birds@gmail.com.

Gail @ Windy Ridge Rosies

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