Breeding Senegal Parrots and Hand Feeding the Babi
To start parrot breeding, the Senegal parrot is a good first time option. Senegal parrots originate from West Africa and are extremely popular as pets. Their striking yellow and green colouring makes for an interesting bird. Breeding parrots such as this one is normally a good way to begin, as it is a medium sized bird. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
Begin by setting up your parrot breeding cage properly. In the cage, there should be plenty of perches of all different sizes, as well as a good nest box, food and water and some wooden toys for the birds to chew on. You could also install full spectrum lights in order to regulate the parrot breeding cycle further. Breeding parrots tend to be stimulated by noises of other breeding pairs. For this reason it is ideal to have more than one parrot breeding pair within hearing distance of each other to promote mating.
Breeding parrots should be fed on a high protein diet. Watch out for certain behaviour that indicates the eggs are on the way. Encouraging signs include nest box chewing and more time spent in the box.
When the birds have the eggs, leave them to incubate them themselves. When the eggs hatch, you should let the parents have the chicks for at least 10 days. In the meantime you can set up a brooder to ensure that it works correctly and is set to the right heat and humidity levels.
Feeding Baby Birds
After the 10 days is up, you can take the baby birds for hand feeding. Put the chicks in the brooder. Take them out every 3 or 4 hours to feed. Feeding baby birds with the formula according to the instructions on the package is important. Use a digital thermometer to test the food’s temperature. Feeding baby birds with a clean syringe and slower movements will ensure the process runs smoothly.
As the baby birds grow you should adjust the feeding patterns and temperature of the brooder accordingly. The time will come that the baby birds will be able to maintain their own body temperatures and will begin to have feathers. Once this starts to happen you can transfer them to a fledgling cage. Perches in this cage should be positioned low down, and the soft food and water bowls should be easy to access for them. Wean the baby birds using whatever method you prefer, and then they will be ready to sell on or keep for future parrot breeding.