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Hawk headed Parrots in the nest?

Discussion in 'Hawkhead Trail' started by KatherinesBirds, 8/10/16.

  1. KatherinesBirds

    KatherinesBirds Biking along the boulevard Avenue Veteran

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    I had a pair of hawk headed parrots when I lived back in Texas. It was rough. Living in a mobile home. Looking for the next tornado. Trying to give them the privacy they needed with all the activity in the house. Me working all day. They went to a friend and I had not seen them for years. I learned that they had a smoker in the house and the birds were kept in the living room! I won't go into how I felt about that.

    Now I have a place with a huge basement and lots of room. Windows that look out on a grassy area, they can see me gardening but most of all quiet, quiet, quiet. I don't really know the ages. They are up there.... They were part of a bird trading deal for a couple of cockatoos back in the late 90's. I had a wide assortment of nest boxes and gave them one meant for an amazon. Shavings, Rafia, sticks, they chew like crazy destroying (customizing) the nest box. I've had them downstairs now for three months. The tail feathers show a lot of wear and the aggression levels are really up. The female was handleable back in Texas but not now and I don't expect her to be right now. Chief as I called him and sweetie pie are knocking around downstairs. I had them in my art studio for awhile and did a portrait of them. They were not set up then. I might post one or two of the pictures I did of them sometime later on for others to see.

    I had some reservations about taking them in. My arthritis is pretty restrictive as far as climbing stairs goes but, as I see it, all I need to do is visit them once a day. Lots of good food. No one else goes in this room. I keep the door locked since neighbors do wander in along with my husband and startling birds like these can lead to cracked eggs or an injured female. I have clearly put a sign on the door. Breeding Birds! Quiet! Keep Out Please! I've seen Chief chase her away from people who come in the room as some cockatoos I've bred notoriously do. I am really kind of excited about hand raising. We will see what happens.....If I just give them a quiet place to live out their lives I will be so happy. They will too. Who could need more? It's thundering and we just had a huge rainstorm with hail. They love it I know.

    I can't help rescuing old friends.
    Kate
     
  2. Lady Jane

    Lady Jane Cruising the avenue Avenue Spotlight Award Avenue Veteran I Can't Stop Posting!

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  3. Tyrion

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    Best of luck Hawk Headed have a special place in my heart :)
     
  4. KatherinesBirds

    KatherinesBirds Biking along the boulevard Avenue Veteran

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    I know my chances of discovering eggs in the nest will be slim but who knows. I have had such great success with greys and cockatoos.
     
  5. aooratrix

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    Where there's life, there's hope. Best of luck! They are a captivating species.
     
  6. KatherinesBirds

    KatherinesBirds Biking along the boulevard Avenue Veteran

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    You know what, I would not be surprised if they were on an egg right now. In the past with my Painted Conures I left them alone Until I heard peeping in the nest box. I had a few eggs break when one or the other parent got rough when I was trying to see inside. We have had freak thunderstorms with lots of rain lately. They are so excited and restless. I don't care how long they are here as long as they are in a non smoking household and I can keep them healthy.
     
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  7. KatherinesBirds

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    Two eggs in the nest box! They have been quiet for a month now. Very quiet. I now have a stair lift in my house which has made a huge difference in my life. I can visit them three times a day or more. They like me. The window downstairs near their cage looks out on the lawn at ground level. I hope this goes well. I have been down with a bad virus for a month now. I hope I feel well enough to hand feed. It's going to be awhile though. Right now the more quiet the better. My husband knows that no one is allowed near the door to the room and I've got a lock on that door too. No kids. They get really nervous with the high pitched screams of our neighbors kids so they don't come over now. Parents have been warned! They hatched out 9 of their own over the past 12 years! Kids I mean.

    I really do like kids....its just the constant high pitched screamers that I can't stand.
    Wish us luck!
     
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  8. WendyN

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  9. KatherinesBirds

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    Thanks! I'm just in a state of goose bumps about it!!!
     
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    How exciting! Hoping they're fertile. That'll make your life interesting, in a good way. :)
     
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    I'm so excited for all of you :starshower1:

    Please continue to update us!
     
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    Wow what a wonderful thing :)
     
  14. KatherinesBirds

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    Nope. Nothing for now. I think they need time to adjust and maybe next season. In the meantime, I just love taking naps with them in the room where their big cage is. They like it too.
     
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    :dance4: Nana banana likes! Wow hawkheads are very regal!

    Enjoy them.:p:p:p

    I'm dealing with cancer now so its not good.
     
  16. KatherinesBirds

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    Hi Camelotshadow! I haven't heard from you in so long. Sent you a message.

    My Hawkhead eggs (2 eggs) hatched. A third was infertile. The babies were sold and were very easy to raise. Now the parents are enjoying a long long rest and I really don't want to breed them again. It seemed to take a lot out of them. It's been a year and a half now. I was sick for longer, about two years and did not have the energy to think about any more. I am fine now.

    It was a good experience for me since my bird breeding days (1972 to 1999) are over. Too much of a demand on this lady and I needed to find one of those boring things called a "Regular Job" (oh barfff!!)
     

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