When you put a pair of cats or dogs in the same area, they are likely to breed without any intervention from the owners or anyone else.
With parrots is totally different, and to succeed in breeding any pair, you should provide everything they need from nutritious food, water, privacy, and a spacious area for them to relax and feel safe.
Is that hard to do, or are parrots easy to breed? And the answer is both yes and no. If you are attempting to breed your pair under your supervision for the first time, then you are more likely to find the process very hard and overwhelming. However, if you just understood the process from your pair’s perspective, then you will know that success in breeding is just about the preparation.
Once you find what was missing, you will know what exactly you need to do, and how to do it depending on your situation and circumstances around your attempt to breed your paid.
And in this article, we will dive into when breeding parrots is easy, and when it’s difficult and almost impossible. And I will explain the breeding process from any pair of parrots’ perspective. This will help you succeed in your attempts, eventually.
So, and without further ado, let’s get into this.
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How Parrots Breed in The Wild
To understand and see the breeding process from parrots’ perspective, we must study and look and their natural behavior in the wild and how actually prepare themselves for breeding after they get to know each other.
This will help us as potential breeders to simulate the conditions that surround the pair in the wild, from the weather, and the place they plan to breed and nest their eggs in.
First of all, most parrot breeds in wild live in large flocks that may include hundreds if not thousands of individuals. These flocks are the perfect environment where each male and female look for a potential mate. They get to know each other, play, fight, etc.
So, after this, they will find another safe place and probably away from their flock to breed. The place has to have plenty of food, it must be safe, it must have the perfect temperature and humidity, and mostly it must be in a cavity tree.
After that, they will start breeding and reproducing, look after their eggs and their new hatchlings, and after the babies fly out of the cavity or the nest, they will go back to the flock.
Of course, there are reasons for that, and it’s not happening to the pair all around the year, but the starting point of this process is usually during the mating season, they may miss the next mating season if they successfully bred a clutch of eggs.
This seems easy, yes, but remember it’s their natural habitat and it’s where thrive naturally without any human intervention.
However, and in captivity, it’s a totally different process, and as an owner or breeder, you must mimic everything to succeed with breeding your pair for whatever reason you want.
What Actually Should You Mimic?
There are a lot of things that you must provide for your pair in addition to food and water. Here are the things your parrots will need to breed successfully:
- Introduction, Knowing each other
- Perfect humidity and temperature
- Place, The cage, nesting box, Etc
Yes, privacy. Without some sort of privacy, your pair won’t start the breeding behavior or mating or anything.
In fact, you might already have a pair that is ready to breed, but they lack the privacy they need. The other important things are humidity and temperature, and they are crucial to success.
In the wild, these things are all in parrot pair to look for and find, and of course, their natural habitat has all of these things so it’s going to be easy for them.
while in captivity, the owner must provide these things without showing any intervention to the pair or they will feel exposed and this will prevent them from breeding.
This seems a bit tricky. However, I recommend Reading: Breeding Parrots Guide for detailed instructions on how to provide humidity, temperature, and privacy.
These 3 things are the most common reasons for failure in any attempt in breeding parrots in captivity that I have come across during my 19 years’ journey with parrots. Things apart from that are just specifications that differ from one breed to another like size of the cage, nesting box, amount of supplies, and the weather.
These needs and requirements will consume resources that could not be available in many cases and might lead to just trying with whatever is available to the owner, and failure, eventually.
“Are Parrots Easy To Breed” Conclusion
The answer is, it depends on you either to make the process easier or not. As long as you can mimic the natural habitat of breeding for the type of pair you have, then the process is more likely to succeed. Before I wrote the breeding guide, I was looking online to see if there was something missing that I can add.
I read a lot of instructions and guides, most of them are somehow missing the privacy part. These guides won’t tell you to provide privacy for the pair, or at least they won’t say it clearly or show you how important is it. And no wonder why breeding parrots can be very hard without knowledge.
However, I highly recommend reading the breeding guide to know how exactly I succeed in breeding parrots, and how exactly the maintain privacy for the couple even at the times of refilling supplies.
And yes, that’s about it, I hope you find this informative and easy to digest. Thank you for reading…