Birds rarely lay ONE egg. If one is fertile, you would have to assume that all of them are. Which means you would be looking at 3-5 babies at once. The birds might abandon them, which means you would be looking at having to learn to handfeed. That involves needing the right temperature formula, avoiding crop burn, slow crop, infections, and suffocating the bird by feeding incorrectly. It involves keeping them at the right temperature in a brooder. The birds might not abandon them; they might instead kill them or bite off toes, beaks, etc. Babies will need a vet on call for any emergencies.
Or they might raise them without issues, and you simply have a larger flock.
It can go either way. I personally would not be able to deal with option 1, and am ill equipped for option 2. I also would not be okay with adding to the pet population, as a simple look at Craigslist shows how many birds need good homes.
It really depends on whether you can be prepared for all scenarios.
You would have to worry about what you are going to do with all these new birds your going to keep having because if it happens once it's going to keep happening at least once and possibly more every season. Then your going to have to "quickly" become an expert hand feeder (which they will need every 2 or 3 hours for weeks on end) because chances are they aren't going to be very good parents because they were not parent raised and really don't have any idea of how to do it right. Your going to need brooder setups and incubators. Just in case.They haven't been DNA tested but they told me when I got the second one that it was a male because he looked like his father vs the rest of them that looked their mother. If I didn't take the egg away (if they were to have one) and it hatched would they be able to care for their baby without any help from me? What would I have to worry about?
That isn't too common when the parent birds are tame but it is not unheard of. Instinct tells them not all their babies will be able to make it, since that's how it is in the wild, and they may injure or throw out a chick that is obviously weaker than its siblings - a chick that would never make it in the wild but that could be perfectly healthy as a pet. Plus, occasionally parents will become obsessed with the leg band and injure a baby's foot trying to remove it.I could not deal with them killing the babies or biting off things that is horrible and sickening why would they do that?
Yes that both are males well I had them tested but Thay want to mate all the time what should I doThey might still be both males Have they been DNA tested for gender?
If one is a female, and she lays eggs, you can boil the eggs and put them back so she can sit on them, without the fear of them actually hatching. You do not want to remove them completely until she abandons them, or she may continue to lay eggs at risk to her own health. Birds are programmed to "fill" a clutch and their body stops forming new eggs when it recognizes she has fulfilled that duty.
“I could not deal with them killing the babies or biting off things that is horrible and sickening why would they do that?”
I’ve heard stress given as a reason. Parent birds in the wild (normal circumstances) are not cooped up with their baby’s all day. But it’s noteworthy that parrots aren’t the only animals under human controlled breeding conditions that are known to mutilate their young. Rabbits are prone to this as well. Not saying that it’s the same thing but we cannot rule out the likeliness of husbandry more than anything else.
I think that when we set up a breeding situation for them there probably are many stresses that we are unaware of. For example, as in the cases of mate aggression in male cockatoos. Formerly misunderstood, this is attributed to interruption of the normal “fixed action pattern” that would take place in the wild - on the part of both male and female. A fixed action pattern (part of the lives of all birds) is an act that is set into motion by an environmental stimuli. The female becomes receptive during the time period that she watches the male hollow out the nest hole (the stimuli). Watching is the trigger that causes her glands to release hormones that put her in the mood. Upon completion of his work (also set into motion by an environmental trigger), the male is ready and by that time so is the female. In artificial breeding they are given a completed nest box. So, the male sees this and figures it’s time, while the female is not ready. With an unreceptive female his advances and frustration increase until he becomes more and more aggressive.
In the wild macaw chick mortality is primarily related to unintentional starvation - according to research by the Tambopata Macaw Project. Time parent birds spend defending highly coveted and naturally scarce nesting holes takes away from parents‘ foraging time. In other words, as parents defend the nest, they have less time to forage for all of their chicks. In doing so a chick or two may inadvertently not be fed and starve to death.
An invading pair looking to steal a nesting hole from another may throw out the existing chicks but so far I haven’t come across this:
“Instinct tells them not all their babies will be able to make it, since that's how it is in the wild, and they may injure or throw out a chick that is obviously weaker than its siblings “
Could you post a link to a study or article?