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REDRUMPS T


(PSEPHOTUS HAEMATONOTUS)


hese delightful Australian parakeets are very popular aviary birds and are one of the species that I recommend to new breeders as they are relatively easy to house and care for and they usually reward their owners with at least one brood of babies each year. In common with the majority of Australian parakeets they are not noisy which is of great importance if your neighbours are close to your property, they do not chew aviaries, are good breeders and are reasonably priced. An aviary about 10 feet long is sufficient to allow them to fly. In addition the babies are easy to sex as the young cocks show some red feathers on the rump whilst still in the nest box and the parents are usually tolerant to nest inspections on a regular basis. Youngsters from the first round are in full colour by the autumn at which time they should be removed from their parents. A good parakeet mixture with fruit and vegetables is an excellent basic diet, water should be changes daily and cuttlefish bone provided. During the winter they can be kept with other parakeets but ensure there are no nest boxes in the flight. Redrumps come into breeding condition in February or March when they need to be transferred to a separate flight for each pair to breed.


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