Breeding the Bourkes Parakeet

In nature, the Bourkes Parakeets form monogamous pairs that last from season to season.

They nest in a hollow upright dead tree or tree stump.

They lay their eggs on the decayed wood in the bottom of the hollow tree.

The female incubates the eggs and leaves the nest once a day so that her mate may regurgitate seeds.

Both parents brood the young.

“The Bourkes Parrot has a clutch of 3 to 6 eggs, which are incubated by the female for 18-19 days, with the chicks fledging at about 4 weeks of age.

The female also feeds and tends to the chicks by herself.

While the female Bourkes Parrot is incubating the eggs, and also while she is feeding the chicks in the nest, she is fed by the male Bourkes Parrot. ” Wikipedia.

The hen will lean forward on the perch and make soft chirruping sounds when she is ready to mate.

Usually, the male will accept her request with no argument.

He usually won’t accompany her in the nest box, but will make frequent visits to feed her.

She will be reluctant to leave her eggs and will spend most of her time sitting on the eggs.

Bourkes Parakeets will accept any parakeet nestbox.

Place it up high to give them a sense of security and privacy.

If you have more than one breeding pair, provide several nestboxes so they won’t bicker over favorites.

How do I keep my Bourkes Parakeet from getting hormonal or laying eggs?

  • Basically you want to change everything that says to the Bourkes Parakeet that they are in good breeding conditions:
  • Decrease the light cycle.
  • Stop feeding excess seeds and soft foods
  • Rotate cage toys, place in smaller cage
  • Remove any toys they may become amorous with
  • If they lay eggs, shake or freeze them and put them back. Do not remove them, they will just lay more which is not healthy.

What should I do for my egg laying parakeet?

I have a two year old bourke parakeet who has been laying eggs for awhile now. When she does there’s normally three or four over as many days. At first, she didn’t know what was going on and would lay from a pirch, so they would break on the bottom of the cage, but now she seems more aware and will sit on the bottom or in her dish to lay. She doesn’t have a mate. This time, she’s been sitting in the corner of her cage for hours. I don’t think it’s egg binding because she laid one yesterday, and I took her out to play a little and she wasn’t lethargic. Is sitting on the bottom for over an hour normal, or should I call a vet? And does anyone have any recommendations for good calcium supplements? She’s tiny any I just get worried when shes laying.
– JeanieBean

Rosie the Bourkes Parakeet

Rosie bird is getting ready to lay an egg. She is normally just a total sweetie and super affectionate, but when it’s time to lay eggs she gets a little defensive.
– keepurstickontheice


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