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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by erithacus, Jun 6, 2015.

  1. erithacus

    erithacus Regular Member

    Ohhhhh Michael :(
    I have been told that if only one chick hatches, parents show no interest and abandon the chick :( is cruel
    Giving away this poor little thing :(
    I really hope this time it will be a success for you and them :)


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  2. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Reggie and Molly are my greys she laid it on the floor so I put it in a nest box and then with a slight struggle persuaded her in the box, She is now quite happy with me a bit different from when I took the egg as she was being protective. Reggie stayed calm but kept a careful watch especially when I picked up Molly. its the first time she has laid but Reggie was an old hand at fatherhood before his partner passed away and that why I took him on, he was an aviary bird for many years and I was told he fathered three different times.
     
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  3. erithacus

    erithacus Regular Member

    Goodmorning forum :)
    The last 2 days my little princess acts a bit weird. She has pulled out a lot of her feathers at her neck and belly, she consumes a lot of food especially fish and chicken and veggies and nuts (actually she eats double or 3 times more than usual but with fish she has grown a special appetite) and spends a lot of time in the private room. And if the male join there too but eont show interest to the nesthole, She kinda gets a bit frustrated and demands instead of asking him to feed her. He looks like he understands and feel for her and encourages her to visit the nest with him. When they start doing their thing, she feeds him and he gets really excited and overwhelmed.

    I took some vids yesterday






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  4. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Hi that's interesting how her diet has changed but I do not give mine fish that often, now Holly will pluck when she is going to lay but she is a plucker any way, she dose not have a partner and has not laid this year yet, Mo is now on two eggs and stays in her box a lot more and overnight but she has not started to lay on the eggs yet. Mo had abandoned the last of her first lays but since has laid a fresh egg and stays in the box over night as well, but both Molly and Mo do not pluck even at time of nesting. well being both pairs are laying at the same time I have an option of swapping eggs if Molly dose not sit on hers as I believe after all the noise her and Reggie make in there love making that there is a better chance of hers being fertile and I know Mo is a caring parent and will make a good segregate mother if I need to swap.
     
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  5. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Hi Antonio, well she is certainly showing signs that she wants to breed isn’t she.....time will tell x
     
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  6. erithacus

    erithacus Regular Member

    I don’t pet my girl at all though. And I was just wondering? now that she chose Marcus over me, could I just give her a scratch maybe? She still gets close to me every day I clean their cage and teases me a bit, like she misses our contact. I smile and try to avoid it (but I don’t) I let her touch me with her beak and bite me gently Yesterday I shaved my head and I think she doesnt like it. She kept biting my head,gently while I was serving veggies


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  7. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Every Grey can act differently Holly just wants my attention and love and will become so much closer when she is about to lay or even with eggs but she is too humanised She likes Reggie and allows him on her cage and will join him when Mo is not there but rejects his advances and will protect her cage vigorously and stop him from going in. Mo is less friendly she will take food from me but never invites me to give her a head scratch but she will sit on my shoulder quite often, Mo loves to have a cuddle and head scratch and along with Max are more friendly when eggs are laid, I was cleaning there cage and Mo held my finger in her beak and started to pull my hand towards the box entrance as if inviting me in, she was so gentle but had a firm grip, Reggie watches me like a hawk when I am near there box and will fly over and he is not too happy if I am close.
     
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  8. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Mo has laid her second egg now but she has been extra cuddly and chatting away all afternoon. I have not checked Molly's box but she has not come out and only let Reggie feed her but the eggs are not being laid on yet
     
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  9. erithacus

    erithacus Regular Member

    Is February a very interesting month Michael :))))))))


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  10. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    well it certainly looks like it with my greys apart from Holly who has laid before Mo as I had said has been with max for a long time and Reggie has been hanging around Molly for about three years this is the first time Molly has been laying when I had Harry with me he and Reggie never got on as he was so much bigger than Reggie and Molly was a bit of a flirt with Harry but now Reggie and Molly are inseparable. I do not go out to breed them
     
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  11. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    By the way Harry is now Harriett :risas3::risas3::risas3:
     
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  12. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    I will be getting another Grey called Fred, but She is a 27 year old female,
     
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  13. erithacus

    erithacus Regular Member



    I think she likes that handsome boy who is standing there
    Goodmorning forum


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  14. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Oh yes, she’s certainly impressed.
     
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  15. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Morning Antonio
    Remember that your aim was to have your birds bonded and hence you took a step back for them to have a more natural relationship
    As much as you wish to have a tickle with your little princess remember to keep it limited you don't want her thinking you "back" and her preferred mate and deciding that Marcus is not the one. Humans always forget at breeding time … DO NOT MESS leave them to it they either will or they won't rear a chick but it has to be up to them. Zero handling her or the eggs or chicks if they start to breed and no moving her chosen nesting spot she chose it for a reason and its her choice not your to decide she should have chose the box or somewhere else. I have had birds decide to lay eggs in food bowls and they have reared the chick there even when there was a box available apparently the food bowl was by the hens decision a far better place even if slightly weird and inconvenient to me by my thoughts. Birds do not abandon one chick if that is all that hatches they will rear regardless unless they know there is a problem with the chick and its not worth rearing as hard as it seems they do seem to know when there is something wrong with the chick. Hand reared birds very very rarely successfully rear chicks knew of only a couple of birds that were human imprinted that have managed to breed, lay hatch and rear but only through to a few weeks of age of the chicks that was a member n this forum a long time ago and she did the rearing after they left the chicks. I myself have had tiels one a hand rear and one an aviary tiel that bred she the hand rear abandoned the chicks after a week but the cock birds never left them he reared them by himself when she lost interest he did a really good job too, ok so I gave him a helping hand in the end giving them their morning feed and the last one of the day to ensure he just had to keep them topped up the rest of the time but it worked. :)
    Remember leave them to it no messing around thinking you know best … they know best they are birds and we are not :)
     
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  16. erithacus

    erithacus Regular Member

    @DizzyBlue, I hear you. I’m always willing to receive help and willing to listen apply and learn. No ego or anything alike will take over. I know I’ll be missing her and is true my aim is To be bonded with Marcus that’s all I want so I will focus there and leave them do what they decide to do with their lives and families.
    What I’ve learned lately and got a bit excited is that although she has been extremely hormonal he is not giving it to her. He pushes her to the nest hole when she is desperately asking for feeding, he is entering inside there untill she gets inside the nest too. And if he is already half an hour inside and she doesn’t gets in, he gets out and start this all over again. She gets to chew the entrance and he is flapping his wings and gets next to Her encouraging her. I am prett sure that he is not gonna mate with her until she gets inside to the second chamber.
    They spend every day now all day long inside the box. Is truly all day the get a 2 minute break to eat and start doing this whole thing again and again untill the sun goes down. Yesterday she finally got inside and spend one hour inside here completely alone. He let her explore the nest inside and did not disturbed her. He just waits right outside whistling and notifying her that everything outside is safe and normal. He is an exceptional cock bird and had become really tame with me too. Yesterday he let me touch his leg and he also joins to
    Eat what I serve them. I really really really love this birdie :)

    What I need to Mention is that your words in the past, all wise I can see them applied and verified.
    I really hope he will continue teaching her how to behave and step in those poor little ones, or teach her how to do the raising thing. He must do that he already is doing her Lessons he truly is showing her how it must be done... would he stop later on?


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  17. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    He knows what he's doing and letting him get on with it is the best thing to do
    When she lays eggs and starts to sit you won't see her except for a couple of minutes each day when she pops out to stretch her wings grab a drink of water and do a huge smelly poop! And that will continue until either the eggs hatch or if they are infertile she decides she isn't going to brood them anymore
    But he will visit the nest box and feed her whilst she sits and he will keep checking on her that she is safe etc. if she keeps getting out he will tell her NO go back in there Mrs! She will get the idea and things will progress. It's good that you have a bond with him so he isn't upset by you entering the aviary and doing things and he see's you as safe. If chicks or eggs arrive be prepared to be told off if he thinks your disturbing rather than helping lol they can get a bit annoyed with us humans about such things. I had a kakariki cock bird really telling me off for weeks every time I entered the aviary to put food and water in whilst his wife was sitting the eggs in the end had to wear a hat to stop him dive bombing me and attacking my head a little bird but still can hurt when it decides to swoop and bite you head and they will also at times take the opportunity to poop on you to try and drive you out of the territory. Not sure how he thought he was going to get fed if I wasn't allowed to go into the aviary! After the chicks fledged he stopped trying to kill me which was nice of him :risas3: when she goes broody and thinks about egg laying then it's back to trying to kill me again :yikes:
     
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  18. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Reggie is very protective of the nest box and apart from me he will not let the others approach it although he trusts the macaws and Joey the LS2 but they can get closer but not too close, Max has not come out of his cage although its open but he will stand by the door and keep guard, I am allowed in and even allowed to get to the nest box, Mo will come out and they both relax while I am there and get head scratches and also pull my hand into the entrance of the box, Max is fine when she dose this and even comes down for an extra bit of attention. they know I will protect them and there eggs and will not cause them harm,
     
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  19. erithacus

    erithacus Regular Member

    I think @DizzyBlue @Michael Reynolds that I’ll get myself a hat too. I’ve shaved my head last week, so if he wishes to cut me it’s gonna hurt a lot, i believe

    These last week this “dancing” they’re making is all day, every day. But it stops there. They do not mate. Though, day by day is getting more “emotional” and actually looks like they kind of “learning” how to approach each other when they get so hormonal.






    But they do not mate. He interrupts it, he is kind of holding his self back and tries to get her inside the nest. And she does go with him inside there but she also visits the nest alone too. He also looks like he wants a scratch but ain’t gonna get one

     
  20. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Shaved your head well at least it will be easy for you to clean and poop off :risas3::risas3:they look so friendly to each other but I think it so good they like each other but he is not ready for the serious part of starting a family yet