Sexing Parakeets

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If you want to breed parakeets, learn tips for sexing a pair of parakeets in this free pet care video.

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In this video clip we're going to talk about breeding Parakeets. This is actually a perfect size cage for breeding Parakeets. It is 30 inches long by 18 inches high and 18 inches wide. It's perfect size for two breeding Parakeets. You can use something slightly smaller but I wouldn't recommend anything that maybe like a fourth smaller than this. What they'll need is a nest box. This cage doesn't have it but there are some cages that have like a window on the back or you can cut a window through these bars. They're not so thick that you can't use a pair of wire cutters and just snip off some of the wires. Then you would affix a box and generally their boxes are going to be about 6 inches by 9 inches and the hole is going to be about that big so about 2 inches across, maybe an inch and a half. At the bottom of the nest box, you're going to want to line it, these guys get incredibly dirty nest boxes, so you need to use an absorbent material. I don't recommend cedar or wood shavings. It can cause respiratory problems in both the young birds and the adults just from the fine powder of wood. It's different in you know wild trees, that they would be making nests in. These guys generally actually make a grass nest. You can provide them with either little strips of paper or straw and they will tear that up and add it to their nest box but the main bottom substrate that I generally use is something called Yesterday?s News. It's a safe non toxic compressed newspaper. Generally used in cat litter boxes, you can find it like in the pet section for cat litter boxes. It's absorbent, it keeps poop off their infants feet. It holds humidity fairly well without becoming overly moist or damp or gross inside. It has a very low dust amount. These guys have a incubation time of, I believe, of three to four weeks and then the babies are born every other, they lay an egg every other day, and then the babies are born every other day. So you can actually have a baby that's almost ten days older than it's youngest, baby in the nest. So you'll have some with feathers and then some that are completely naked. You can generally tell that they've started hatching because you'll hear peeping starting to come from the nest box. Don't be alarmed if in the first couple of times these birds try and breed if you lose a few of the youngest babies until the parents learn how to feed properly. It can take them a few times to learn how to feed their babies and sometimes they'll step on their eggs or break them or not sit on their eggs properly and not incubate them properly. Other things that can happen is sometimes they don't figure out the mating process the first couple of times around and they'll produce and lay eggs but they wouldn't have been fertilized so they're basically sitting on duds. If you have eggs in the nest box for more than 4 1/2 to 5 weeks. At that point I would go ahead and pull them because they're just going to rot in the nest box and throw them away. You can also, if your birds are calm enough, you can mark the eggs with a pencil on the outside of the egg and put 1, 2, 3, 4, so you know what days they were laid on and which ones are the oldest but some people aren't that meticulous. L

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