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Conure Breeding

Conure parrots are among the most fun to raise as pets. Not only are these birds intelligent, they are also very social animals and are easy to train. Conures belong to the Psittacidae family of avians, and have five known genera including the most common ones, the Pyrrhura and Aratinga. Conures commonly were found in South America, and prefer the tropical climate, though many subgenera of conure are found in North America today. If you want some information on breeding conures, here are basic tips to remember.

You will need to provide a nest box once your conures are ready to breed. How will you know if they are at the age of breeding? This stage for reproduction varies from the different genera of conures. A nest box can be made of metal or wood, and is shaped like a cube, about 30 x 30 x 30 centimeters. You will need to provide a hole larger than the diameter of your conure parrot’s body, to allow the male and female to enter and exit freely. Fill the insides of the nest box with peat or wood shavings. Some experts recommend to use metal boxes instead of wooden ones, since some varieties of conures chew more often when they are breeding.

The Pyrrhura genus of conures is commonly colored green, with some hints of yellow, red, and orange. As the smaller genus of conures, the Pyrrhura commonly breed from December to May. When they reach the age of 1 year onwards, they will be capable of mating year after year. On the other hand, the Aratinga variety of conure is larger, and start their mating season during summer months, when the weather is much warmer. The nest box size for breeding Aratinga conures should be about the same as for cockatoos and such. But you can keep the generic size of 30 x 30 x 30 centimeters. This genus of conure are ready to breed when they are about 3 and a half to 4 years old.

What behavior can you observe when your conures are breeding? As the female lays about 3 to 8 eggs per clutch, she will brood over them within the nest box for 23 to 28 days. There have been behavioral zoologists who have observed that the male conure helps the female in this regard, by providing food to the nest box. The babies are observed to fledge in the nest box when they are about 5 weeks old. As they mature, the male conure may tend to be aggressive towards them, so some breeders remove the babies and hand-feed them at this stage in life. It is not recommended to remove the chicks before 3 weeks of life, as they are highly dependent on crop secretions from the mother for added nutrition.

As the owner, be sure you provide sufficient food during breeding and as the babies emerge from the nest. Breeders who decide to hand feed the chicks should do so with care. Hands should be sanitized, and you may use Cerelac or a similar kind of runny baby food that you feed through a dropper.  

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