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Mcmullon94
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:34 am    Post subject: How to tell if a hen is going to lay eggs

Hi all

I have a pair of kaks that the female has started going in the nest box and the male making noises what does this mean many thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:25 am    Post subject:

He will be feeding here, she will be make small sounds, they will mate, and she will then spend a lot of time in the box
u NEED 2 nesting boxes... its very difficult to stop kakariki breeding.. she goes from one nesting box to the other, and once lay eggs in a box.. ANYTHING that isd foreign, including the chicks from the previous box are most likely to be al least damaged or killed.

Details how to whys etc in older threads
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Also u have to consider what to do with the chicks as they fledge and are weaned....need a holding aviary (not a cage).
Kakariki on good diets will produce a batch of eggs every 8 to 10 weeks, and if all good, a 80% egg to healthy weaned adult ratio, producing around 120 to 130 healthy adults before fertility of the female drops off... non stop all yr round.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:37 am    Post subject: Kak laying eggs

Hi
Thank you for your reply what if I don't have a aviary or have place for one at the moment I have 2 best boxes on and there going in box what is the best size cage/ homemade for the baby's and how to only get one batch till I get a aviary

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:16 pm    Post subject:

Hmm.
Ideal breeding flight is about 1600 to 1800 high sloping roof for water and can stand up in it.
1200 x 2400... std sheet of ply size.
We have the 'front' the widest, good interaction with the birds from outside.

This is also a good size for a holding flight... BUT fights/ cages are like fish tanks.. its all about pollution levels and the amount of work.
I density means a lot of cleaning of trays, water changing floors.. and if not done then your birds (fish) will very quickly get sick and die

The 2000x 2400x 1200 we have kept 24 kakariki quite happy and in excellent condition... BUT the amount of work by us.. and thats with automatic watering 3 times daily in big water trays was very time consuming.
This was an experiment to find out at what point over crowding occurred.
Kakariki are, when not going to nest, a very socially structured flock and handled the whole thing without problem... the issue was use and the time/ work involved to keep them in a happy healthy state.

How to get just one batch?
will could split the pair, but the hen will keep going to nest eventually laying infertile eggs, and no guarantee when the male is re introduced she will accept him or any male for that matter.
We have played with this sort of thing as well.

There is a thread ..long time ago on how to build a budget, 50mm x 500mm wood frame / ply sides / roof aviary/ flights

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