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JeffreyV
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 12:01 am    Post subject: Sexing kakariki - am I right?

Hi,

New here, need some help sexing my kakariki's.. I'm not really sure if I guessed right - so maybe someone can help..

First up - I think this one is female:


This one - I guess male:


This one - pretty sure it's female. Beak is way smaller than the rest. She got in to a fight with a stanley rosella, but she's healing very well.


The last one - also pretty sure it's a male. He's quite a talker!
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 9:45 am    Post subject:

Looks like u have them correct, thu the top pic... break could be either, but going on the flatter head shape ...male.
I dont know how prominent the strip is under the wings on the yellow mutations.. we dont have these in NZ.
A definite solid stripe is female.. a broken 'faded' is male.

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 8:49 pm    Post subject:

That's what I was struggling with.. However, from the front, it's a pretty narrow beak. We'll see once he/she is all grown up :)

Here's a picture of my other kak, he's in another aviary (to keep mutations separate)... Looking for a nice female for him Wink He just took his bath Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 4:16 am    Post subject:

Did my best to get a perfect shot of the bird where we have some doubt about.. What do you all think?

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 9:16 am    Post subject:

Brings back memories around 10 yrs ago.. a wild colour we had.. nice big solid bird head beak like that.. was sure was a male....no matte what could not get it to mate up...
Eventually instead of pairing selected birds off.. to improve our wild stock quality.. Experimented with putting into a large flight and let them choose.
Which ended up being far more successful in improving the breeding stock long term
But this 'male' bird ended up pairing off with another known male.. 'she produced 3 or 4 chicks in the 1st batch and never produced any more eggs after that. Of those off spring, expected big birds or similar from that blood line.. but no .. just normal

It was about that time, think it was Peter, Netherlands who pionted out the pale yellow strip under the wing.. which also confirmed him as a a female... after the above events.

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 9:33 pm    Post subject:

I'll try to look under the wing. See if I can spot the stripe on the yellow birds. If not, I'll get that one sexed via DNA. Pretty cheap to do; found a service in spain - 4,5 Euro's (so about 6 NZD) per bird.. Applause
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 10:13 pm    Post subject:

Yes, just what we were thinking - no stripe under the wings of the yellow mutation. Think DNA it is Whistle
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 10:59 am    Post subject:

Or do what breeders used to do.. and still do.. put in a flight with a female.. if male will not take long to see how they react together...if female , confirm by putting in a flightwith a male.
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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 5:53 am    Post subject:

Steptoe wrote:
Or do what breeders used to do.. and still do.. put in a flight with a female.. if male will not take long to see how they react together...if female , confirm by putting in a flightwith a male.

Exactly. I can wait - we'll see how everything goes.

Here's the aviary I keep them in:




It's 6x2x2 meter (20x6.5 feet) with an inside aviary they can go in whenever they feel like it. Outside, there's plenty of plants to hide in :)

They share some space with two male cockatiels; they seem to get along quite nicely Applause
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