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Posted 4/21/2006 5:55:08 PM Post #402
 

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With my greys, I tend to let them be alone as much as possible.  They will take food from my hand(if I am careful) but I have been told many times not to do this If I want hem to be productive.

What about the caiques though?  Rather than half of them diving into the nest boxes like the greys, they all come running to the front of the cage for a treat and don't seem to be bothered by my company at all.  I have been told when they go into breeding season, I will know because they will become VERY aggressive and that the more tame they are, the worse their aggression is because they are not afraid of you.  Also, after the breeding season they revert back to their loveable, affectionate selves. 

My question is, does anyone know if they are less likely to breed with my daily interactions?

Thanks, and I hope to chat more about these birds.

Greg

Posted 4/21/2006 7:18:21 PM Post #404
 

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Hi Greg!

Hey, I have a friend that has a pair of Black headed Caiques and smooches on them on a daily basis (which I have personally witnessed) except for when they go into breeding mode.  The male gets very very aggressive.  One time he literally jumped out of the cage and clung to her neck with his beak, then wrapped his feet in her hair.  Her neighbor had to cut her hair to get him untangled.  Then when the babies are pulled and hormones calm down, back to being sweet they go!

I know everyone is different, but I have a pair of Greys that I wouldnt dream of touching, and I have 2 pairs that will let me handle them, scratch heads, and hand food to, except when in breeding mode.  They produce just fine.  I think it goes back to that whole thing of "depending upon the bird" thing.   Good Luck with your Caiques Greg!  I hope they do good for you! 

Stacy Shue
Blake Aviary
www.blakeaviary.com

Posted 4/22/2006 8:38:14 AM Post #407
 

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Thanks Stacy,

I probably shouldn't laugh, but I did.

Greg

Posted 4/22/2006 1:26:09 PM Post #408
 

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Its okay, I laughed too, except I laughed at her in front of her.  Karma will get me

Stacy Shue
Blake Aviary
www.blakeaviary.com
Posted 4/24/2006 7:29:58 AM Post #409
 

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I have always hated that "depends on the bird" thing, but I am now a firm believer.  I just looked in my caique cam and saw them mating.  Caiques are new to me, so I am not sure when the aggression is supposed to set in if it even will.

Greg
Posted 4/24/2006 2:45:02 PM Post #410
 

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Wonderful news about your Caiques Greg! We tend to leave our birds alone. We will knock when we go into our breeder rooms to let them know we are coming wait a moment and then say hello when we open the main door.

We do not interact with our pairs other then to change food and water and conduct basic maintenance. Hope this helps and let us know and we will reccomend people to you when the babies hatch as we get a lot of requests for Caiques.

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Posted 4/24/2006 8:21:23 PM Post #411
 

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Thanks Scott/Laura

From what I heard, they will show signs of aggression after the first egg is laid, especially because they are a new young pair.

Greg

Posted 5/19/2006 11:22:29 PM Post #435
 

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Well, I got eggs and there is still no aggression.  I have my pervert camera on them and noticed the young pair in the adjoining cage immitating everything they do.  They even mate at the exact time as the laying pair.  I have a nestbox camera on the young pair and all they do in there is roll around on the bottom of the box with their feet locked together.  They are soo funny to watch.

Greg
Posted 5/20/2006 10:57:18 AM Post #437
 

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WOOO-HOOOO!  Congrats Greg!!  I'm looking forward to hearing more!  I hope they give you lots of little ones.

Stacy Shue
Blake Aviary
www.blakeaviary.com
Posted 5/22/2006 5:56:48 PM Post #438
 

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Greg,

How many eggs now and when are they due to hatch?

Stacy Shue
Blake Aviary
www.blakeaviary.com

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