|Rosy Bourke hen and her chicks.|
Please can you answer a few questions for me? I have recently acquired a pair of Rosie's and have not been able to get more info on them:
What seed do the eat? They don't seem to eat the parakeet seed but are in the budgie seed.
What supplement, veggies or fruit can they have?
Can they be put together in a cage with show budgies?
Do they have to be separated from other birds to be able to breed?
|Grit, oyster shell, white mineral block, cuttlebone, |
nestling food and brown rabbit circular salt block .
When breeding I give mine egg food (boiled egg, including shell and bread crumbs blended together).
Bourkes can be housed with other birds in an aviary of adequate size. Larger birds may harass them, however. If you have a mated pair, the males will usually chase one another, and hens will also chase the other hen (an exception might be siblings, but more often than not, they will still be aggressive to the competition). Housed in an aviary, always provide more nest boxes than you have pairs. A budgie or cockatiel box is fine. In a smaller cage, it's okay to put young birds together until mature during breeding season. Then there may be problems if both sexes are present. I've had no trouble housing just hens, or just males together. Mix the sexes, however, and there will be problems when there's plenty of daylight (or artificial light) to simulate breeding season.
Please go to my website and enter "breeding" into the Search box. Many early posts will come up on this topic. There's even one on egg food. Here is a link to one of them:
|Lutino Bourke hen.|