Brilliant, I was going to try and hatch my own parrotlett or conure, in the summer. I'm a bit stumped at the brooder part, it seems very complicated and expensive. Could a heat lamp and or heat pad be used or what would you suggest? Thanks.
I have always hatched any eggs that the parents wouldn't take care of under foster parents-cockatiels work well. I do not care for incubators unless there is no choice. Next breeding season I'm going to try hatching the conure eggs under my serama bantams. It should work as the bantams are very close to the conure size.
For a brooder I use a heating pad. the chicks grow quickly and it does not take to long before heat is not needed; especially if you have more than one chick. Many conures will breed during the winter. While spring and summer is the usual time, I have had nandays and sun conures nest during the winter. My birds are under artificial lighting and it is spring/summer year around in my bird room.
DUFUS-A SUN-JENDAY CROSS.
THIS IS THE SERAMA HEN THAT I PLAN ON USING TO HATCH THE CONURE EGGS-IT'S A CEREAL BOWL THAT SHE IS BROODING IN, SO YOU HAVE AN IDEA JUST HOW SMALL SHE IS.
How are you planning on hatching the eggs? Do you have a breeding pair? Are you planning on hand feeding?
So very true. The first few days of hand feeding a newly hatched parrot specie is nerve wracking and dangerous for the chick if done wrong. It is not something for anyone not experienced. For someone who wants to learn, it's best to find someone to show you how. If that's not possible, start with a chick that's a few weeks old. At that age chicks are more durable. One small mistake with a tiny chick can, and often does, end in disappointment and the death of the chick.
Edited by nchls school - 11/19/15 at 10:23am
Cockatiels are a good specie to learn hand feeding with; not so tiny as the parrotlets and definitely more durable. I would recommend that you find a cockatiel chick that is between 2 and 3 weeks of age. At this age they would not require a heat source for long or at all, but still young enough to accept hand feeding fairly fast. You might even find that a hand reared cockatiel is just the bird you want; less temperamental than conures and parrotlets. Much less bitey. A hen cockatiel is a great deal quieter than the conures. When asked what makes the best bird pet, I always say cockatiel.