Updated 4/13/07: Things have been
going along fine so far. Since I have acquired the two
pairs only the first pair has produced for me but then they are
older too. They gave so far 2 males and 2 females which resulted
in a total of 4 clutches. In their 1st clutch in 2005 they
produced 2 males and one egg was infertile. Then their 2nd
clutch in 2005 had 3 eggs in which 2 chicks hatched and one was
infertile then one of the chicks died at about one week of age,
the one that lived was a female. In 2006 they produced only one
female. The hen from Pair #1 tends to lay only 2 or
3 eggs per clutch and sometimes one is infertile. The Pair #2 of
Coral Bills have not produced for me as of this time and they
are now along 3 years old but I have heard them while in the
aviary making the gesture sounds of mating... but was not in the
act of it.
The newest and most exciting news has come
up! I now have traded the 2 female offsprings of mine for 2
other female offsprings with another Breeder. It benefits us both and allows us
to create new unrelated bloodlines which is a goal for both of
us. This does allow me to get a better jump start and
hopefully will not be quite as long of a wait and seeing that my
second pair has not produced for me yet at the time of this
writing. I also bought one single female too so I would have a
3rd choice for pairing up of unrelated birds when the time
It's going to take a while until I get pairs
that I want. My ultimate goal is not only for myself but for
others as well. When I feel I have produced enough actual pairs
there will be times that I can then start selling a baby or two
here and there. Once I am about where I want to be, then I can
still go solely into selling the Coral Bills into the pet trade.
I know there are numerous Coral Bill pets out there but what I
have found is, there was still never enough of the Coral Bills
in circulation, especially not all that many breeders who are
set up with them. The price is still high on them too due to
their somewhat rarity, meaning they are still not easy to come
by and you do not see them like the other Pionus species.
I will slowly but surely plug along on the
Coral Bill Program of mine and hope it will go the way I'd like
it to go.
Updated 6/07/07: I now have the new females paired with the males that I produced. This gives me a total of 4 pairs at this time, although the 2 newest ones that I paird up are only 2 years old at this time and will be at least another 1 to 2 years before they possibly will produce. I have one other female that I had bought that I may pair up with this years offspring should one be a male. This would only make the female a year older than the 2007 offspring. If both the 2007 babies were to both be females then I will hold them for future use of trading or pairing up with ones that I get from my pair number 2.
You can see photos of each pair on the links at the left, so be sure to take a look at them and read on how they are progressing with each other.
Updated Sept. 7, 2008: You can read on this link for info of the 2007 & 2008 Coral Bills that were produced.
Updated June 10th, 2009: As of this time in June Honey & Babe are on 4 eggs. The 2nd acquired pair still has not gone into their nest box but does chew around the entrance hole. They are at least 5 years old now. The 3rd pair has a nest box in place and is their first time, the hen has gone to nest and has only one egg in which I need to check for fertility. The 4th pair has not shown any interest in going into the nest box at all. The pair that makes up my 5th pair was paired together but I split them apart as I have a strong-headed hen who just is giving the male a bad time and chases him. They are side by side and will hopefully in time will fall in love through the wire at some point. This worked for my Dusky pair, so maybe it will for them too! So I have 2 female singles and 2 male singles which are all 4 related and are the offsprings of Honey & Babe... so I really need my #2 pair to produce but as time goes on without any babies from pair #2, I feel it will be harder to pair them up. I could make a trade to someone else who might have unrelated sexes to pair up but that chance is slim. This Baby Season of 2009 any babies that Honey & Babe produce I am considering on selling as pets to who ever would be interested. Please keep in mind, I will not sell a brother and sister to the same person and all info will be documented to who they are sold to.
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