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    Small parrots can be clever to...........

    Funny you should mention that. I had two handraised Ruppells in a cage last year, and their favourite trick was for one to hold the cage door open while the other jumped out. They are avid escapers and love anything that they can rattle. I've had to secure doors on any cages with ruppells (I breed them) with screws and bolts to stop them finding ways of escaping.
  2. Hi - I need advice! I have two parrots, a 1 yr old Ruppells hen which I handraised, and a 6 month old CAG hen, also handraised. They are housed in separate, large cages. Individually, they are both affectionate and well behaved to me and my partner (no sign of favourites yet). When they are out of the cage, I have to keep them on separate stands, otherwise the feet-biting starts, both offending. Now that the CAG is getting more agile, I am concened that she will inflict some serious injury. Both are clipped. Occasionally (actually just once), with the right food (papaya), I've managed to get them in the same place without attacking each other, but not for long, and never unsupervised. I realize now that raising both as solo parrots has led to this problem and its hard to imagine them ever tolerating each other. I want to fix this, so I need a plan, and I know it will take weeks and lots of bribery. Assuming that rewarding is the trick, I will separate them whenever they start biting each other, but associating "not biting another parrots foot" with "food" seems a long shot. Is this the plan? One more question: as they have different toys in each cage, I'd like to swap them around now and again to keep it interesting. Their cages are side by side. Assuming they are always swapped (and not one-in, one-out), should this be ok, and would it lower any territorial feelings?
  3. I have three Ruppells (and four eggs) - the adults are quiet, but my six month old hen is fairly chirpy. My red-bellied parrot is very quiet; apart from exactly the same squawks whenever I come near the cage and only in the morning. Neither talk, but they imitate mynahs and other native birds quite a lot. And the calls of a neighbours indian ringneck. Overall I'd Poi's are excellent parrots for anyone who is noise-conscious.
  4. My breeding pair of Ruppells Parrots are incubating four eggs; laid around two weeks ago. Last week they chewed a 2 cm hole in the base of the nestbox I had to do an emergency repair by bolting on a piece of Ikea wood under the box to stop the eggs or hatchlings falling out. It was quite a covert operation to get the nestbox out and in again without freaking them out. The hen went back in as soon as she could see the box again so all seems well. All going well, they first should hatch around April 11th. http://i940.photobucket.com/albums/ad247/sunyani/Clutch%202011%20March/200603_10150132134413320_711813319_6556268_6427525_n.jpg?1301212962 Last Oct they hatched five chicks; one died and I handraised four; and kept one as a pet, a hen which is housed with a pet red-bellied parrot. Rgds Mark Singapore
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    How was your year?

    My Ruppells have finally succeeded; I am handraising four chicks now. The youngest died at about 1 week old; the others are about 1 month old now and are very very quiet - but quite active and flappy.
  6. Well, the next clutch has been a success so far (fingers crossed!) I inspect once weekly, and was delighted today to see that four of the five eggs have hatched and the four babies look active and well. The fifth egg should hatch today or tomorrow if it is not clear. I plan to remove all chicks next week, then the eldest is 14 days and the youngest around 3-4 days. This pair have had one chick before which died at three weeks and although these chicks seem more active and healthy I want to remove them in case of a repeat disaster; especially with (at least) four young to feed this time. These are first time parents. The hen spends all time in the box; the cock bolts in and out but doesnt seem to be allowed to go down the ladder; so he looks out from inside the entry hole. The little ants in the nestbox are garden ants and they dont bite. I've learned to live with them: my battles to keep them out of the nestbox were heroic but fruitless. As I have to wait at least an hour before then hen comes out this time I had the foresight to take a quick video - here it is:
  7. unfortunately I found the chick dead yesterday; no sign of any injury so I dont know what happened... it was just over three weeks old. A shame, but it happens. Will let them settle down and try again in a few weeks.....
  8. Thanks David. The nestbox is not heated, or indoors; so no heating is needed to headrear. It is 25-35 here; day or night; all year round. I've had a second ant invasion, and got rid of them again. They are garden ants though; and only after anything sweet. There are three eggs still in the nest, way over; and Im concerned that when they get broken there will be a new ant invasion. I cannot remove them though as I have put mesh inside the inspection hole (not so clever in hindsight!) Sometimes the chick seems very weak; but the hen still seems to be feeding it ok. It has started squawking; it sort of sounds like a crow..... It is now at three weeks; and that seems to be the time Ruppells sometimes abandon so i am watching closely. If it happens I will remove it and make my first attempt at hand raising..... I'll build a new nestbox when I can; I want to make the nest section into a drawer that I can pull out and replace if I cannot clear ants; and take a chance that the hen will get used to the new nest material. Learning as I go along here.....
  9. The Ruppells chick seems to be doing well. The remaining three eggs are intact but didnt hatch. The (first time) parents seem to be doing ok. Had a bit of a scare this morning: both birds out of the box; when I looked in it was crawling with ants. Not sure what they were after, but some vigorous hosing and spraying around the aviary got rid of them and the chick is still moving around so it seems ok. I am considering keeping it as a pet to accompany my red-bellied- but I want the parents to raise it as much as possible as I have never hand fed before. What stage/age is a good time to remove the chick so that it is not too hard to tame afterwards?
  10. My ruppells are on their second clutch of the year (first time breeders) - and the first egg of four hatched yesterday. This is a first for me too :-) so am very pleased. The chick was rolling around when I peeped in this morning - I dont have a camera installed. The pair seem calm, then hen only comes our if there is a spray of millet on the menu. I give them a small amount of egg biscuit daily; the normal pellets (no seed) and apple or defrosted mixed vegetables. This has been their diet for some time and I hope it is enough for them to raise the chicks.
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    Parrots as pets

    I've heard grumblings about this on the malaysian bird forum (I am over the border, in Singapore). Someone with a Grey had to get a license. There are still fairly regular reports of bird smuggling happening in the region - mostly for local songbirds (merbok, jambul etc) but also for parrots. Perhaps that is why they are being licensed?
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    Ruppells Parrots

    very nice!
  13. Well, time to try again. After around a month and a half I removed the nestbox today; one intact egg remains and it is clear. I will leave the box out for a few days before retrying. Although there are a few shell fragments, there is not much evidence of the other four eggs. Also; should I worry about ants in the nest box? Ants are part of everyday life in Singapore and they dont bite or cause pain; but they can be numerous when they find food. There were some in the nestbox (maybe after the last egg was broken) but I wonder does it unsettle the hen. I cannot think of any way to keep ants away as the aviary is wall suspended. Any ideas?
  14. Progress update: my pair have laid 5 eggs, and so far are incubating well. The first egg was laid 20 days ago. I have not checked the eggs t see if they are clear to minimize disturbance. The hen rarely comes out; the cock is more nervous than usual and bolts for the box whenever he sees anyone. I tried feeding them live worms but they didnt take them.
  15. Delighted to say that my Ruppells pair have laid their first egg. They are first time breeders; and hand raised so I am realistic about expectation (i.e. - not a good chance for the first batch), but its a milestone none the less. I will check every couple of days to see how many more the hen lays. I intend not to interfere at all and let the parents raise any youngsters. What foods are especially good for them, now that they are breeding? Rgds Mark
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