|Two pairs of Splendids are on friendly terms sharing a large common cage.|
However, when nest boxes are introduced, that could change.
|Cherry when nest box is first opened.|
Notice relaxed tail.
|Cherry after taking a photo with the flash.|
Tail is spread wide, making herself appear larger.
Cherry, a Rosy Bourke hen, has four eggs that aren't going to hatch. Yet, she refuses to give up on them even after setting twice as long as it takes for eggs to hatch (18-21 days for Bourke eggs). I could take them away, but would hate for her to be angry with me.
Her previous clutch was also infertile, but I gave her an egg from one of her daughters who had laid it on the floor of her cage. That egg was laid about ten days later than any of Cherry's, but she stayed on it and hatched it. She raised the lone chick. She's been on these current eggs even longer, perhaps hoping beyond hope that one may just be late like last time.
|This is Rhett, Cherry's mate. He's my eldest bird.|
Budgerigars also make good foster parents for any of the small varieties of parakeet. Timing is important, so my nest boxes all go back up on the cages on the same day. The hens may not all lay at the same time, but it stimulates them and they will overlap one another, making fostering (when necessary) a possibility. This way, I've been able to save many eggs from young mothers unwilling to set, or hens who suffered egg binding and recovered, but weren't up to caring for their clutch after that. Putting fertile eggs under other hens is highly successful. I usually pick an experienced hen, and/or one with only three or four eggs.
|Jewel & Rainbow, Scarlet-chested parakeets.|
|Recently sold Rosy Bourke youngsters.|