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Nest boxes should not be provided before the end of March as some hens can be susceptible to egg binding if they breed when night temperatures fall below freezing. Redrumps are easy to care for and have a pleasant call, they make few demands but proper hygiene especially of the aviary floor where they spend a considerable amount of the day looking for food is most important. As with all the parakeets their eggs are white and Redrumps lay every other day, a clutch will commonly contain between four and six eggs. Redrumps, like many parakeets, usually commence incubation before the full clutch is laid and therefore the chicks hatch on different days which means that there can be a considerable variation in the size of the chicks and it is amazing that the hen manages to care so well for the smallest youngster. Initially the hen does all the feeding, receiving partially digested seeds and soft food from the cock, however as the youngsters grow and require more food the cock will feed the youngsters as they can cope with the harder seeds. Redrumps make good foster parents and will rear Bourkes, Eastern Rosellas, Mealy

Rosellas and

Stanley Rosellas

if the

need arises, either eggs or youngsters as long as they are of similar size to their own babies.

Colour mutations of the Redrump are quite common; yellow, blue, lutino and opaline are just a few. The breeding of colour mutations is an area that interests a considerable number of enthusiasts and a great deal of knowledge has been built up on this aspect of hobbyist bird breeding and books specialising in this are available. In fact at the current time there are more mutation Redrumps available than there are the normals that are shown in the accompanying centre page spread. Redrumps even during the breeding season can be housed with finches, java sparrows, doves and canaries as they do not see these species as a threat and therefore do not fight with them. However, it is not recommended to keep Redrumps with other parakeets as there will be fighting that will cause death. Parakeets also tend to chew any plants that grow in their aviary so it is impossible to maintain plants in a parakeet aviary. I have experimented with container grown willow, vibernum and hazel but you require a large number of them so that they can be changed at regular intervals before too much damage is inflicted. Redrumps were the first parakeets that I bred and have a special position in my affection, I can certainly recommend them.


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