they are getting to be almost 6 months of age now geeze i didnt realise that ive already had them for a month and a little bit and the lady said when i picked them up they were almost 5 months so what should i do? i have the nest box ready should i put it in and see what happens or wait some more
i dont know what area you are in, but if it is still bitterly cold where you are i would wait till the weather warms up a little. If they are already 6 months then it is really up to you when you give them the nest box, but here are a few tips to follow before you take that step...
Shopping List Shredded paper (untreated ie unperfumed etc) for the bottom of the nest box Plenty of Egg food and other nutritional soft foods for the parents, they will eat at least double what they would normally while they breed Cuttlefish (for exta calcium the parents will need) Mineral block (for the extra minerals the parents will need) Vitamin drops (to put into the water for the parents benefit)
"Just in case" Shopping List Hand rearing food Small tank (to be used as a make shift incubator) Heat Mat (to keep tank to a constant temperature) Heat lamp (to place above a bowl of water at the opposite end to chicks to keep up humidity within incubator) Plastic syringe (to feed chicks of under 2 weeks old) Spoon feeder (to feed chicks of over 3 weeks old)
It is also a good idea to speak with a few places/people about homing the chicks that may hatch before breeding. it can be quite difficult sometimes to home birds (depending on time of year, demand etc). Once the first lot of chicks fledge, the parents will get to work on laying the next batch of eggs (if they havent already at this point). The last thing your beautiful kaks need is to have an overcrowded cage
i am in australia melbourne victoria and the weather for the past month has been in mids 20s to low n high 30 degrees celcius so not to cool the courting n mating happened after a heavy downfall of rain thanks for the help