Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:12 am Post subject: Male chases female
I have a lot of birds, but I'm not every experienced in Kakarikis...
I have a female and I bought a male for her. I set up a nestbox in the cage and I've see n the male go in a couple of times, but the problem is that he keeps chasing the female all the time and she just flies away. Also when they're resting, they stay on opposite sides of the cage. They have been together for 2 days only. Is there something I can do, or is it just a matter of time? I feel like they're never going to get alone but since I'm very unexperienced I don't know what to think...
1st if looking at breeding u NEED 2 nesting boxes.
You NEED an large holding avairy for the off spring
you get the breeding right and they will pop out a batch healthy adults every 8 to 10 weeks at a rate of 78 to 80% of eggs laid.
They lay between 6 and 10 eggs.. sometimes more.
And will do this all yr round till get to about 120/ 130 healthy adults and the female tends to become infertile.
It is difficult to stop kakariki once breeding without issues. Once separated and no other comparable female around the male morns the mate and the female tends to keep laying eggs.
Serious points to consider for the future
Route of anew pair going to nest...
The male 'finds' a suitable nest.. inspects etc, then invites the female to inspect and approve. If the female approves of the male and nesting box she gives tiny chirps, male feeds here and she invites to mate...
This may take a week, and initially 2 nesting boxes increases the chances.
If things dont work out the male chases the female, and eventually she hides in the nesting box without and results.. they are incompatible.
The other even more important for 2 nesting boxes... once the chicks sow adult feathers in the nesting box, the female then moves to the next box and lays eggs. The male fed and tends her and finish off raising and weaning the chicks in the 1st box.
If one box, once the hen lays the eggs, thats her new and current and only 'family' and anything else will become intruders and be treated accordingly.
Kakariki are quite defensive of of their nesting area and box. nesting boxes and immediate area around them should be kept out of line of sight of neighbouring flights/ birds
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If the female is not interested in the nest box, male not feeding her, I would be pairing them up with others.
After yrs of messing around, selective breeding of wilds, we found we got the best birds/ pairs/ results by putting a flock into a large flight with several nesting boxes.
Within a couple days one is getting territories made, bit scraping as they choose their own mates. These then get moved along with the nesting box chosen to individual flights.
Also noticeable was they paired off naturally to as distant related as possible themselves... I believe after observation/ investigation has something to do with shape/ colour and the UV reflection of the crown.
The more closely related the more difficult to pair up. They will get on as 'brother and sister' (even feed each other) or fight, or female becomes intimidated and hides in nesting boxes.. latter 2 the more common _________________ My Spelling is Not Incorrect...It's 'Creative'
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