I went to our annual bird expo/show on the weekend with the intention of just looking but somehow i ended up with a pair of beautiful yellow turks and a new female scarlet for my now very sexually active cock bird. Mt only real problem is my female kakariki who happens to be on five eggs at the moment, which are due to start hatching around the end of the month. She has been giving the poor turk hen a fair old hiding, including removing some of her back feathers, so i am watching at the moment to see if life settles in the aviary, if not she may be going into a cage for a while for her own good. But the price of these birds was great, $40 for the pair of turks and 25 for the female scarlet.
Rick - don't mean to pour water on the fire but grass parakeets should never be mixed with other hook bills. Your kakariki could possibly kill them if she is with eggs!! When we kept the neophemas we used to keep only small finches with them, nothing else.
Notice the picture to the left--it shows Jack, our Head Roo-- immediately surrounding him are a few of his older, established hens. Further out, but still orbiting him, are young hens and young roos. The birds at the top of the pecking order will be closer to him, youngsters and newcomers out on the fringes. They have arrayed themselves this way when this picture was taken because they expected me to be passing out food--and the higher up you are on the ladder (the pecking order), the more and best goodies you get. But also notice that in this picture, Jack is NOT the sun in the center of their chicken solar system at this moment--I AM, because, while Jack is the Head Roo in his flock, I am Head Roo when I am present. Once I go back inside, Jack is their sun. Hens adore their roo boy and the roo luuuuvs his ladies, it's really quite tender and sickly sweet. This transition of who is in charge at the moment should be natural and seamless in your flock. I do my part to reinforce Jack's Head Roo status and give him respect by handing him tidbits, which he in turn gives to his girls. The hens see me deferring to him while I also pass out goodies among the rest of the flock--every so often I hand a bit to Jack, who will stand quietly next to me and wait for me to tithe him. This picture is a perfect example of how central the Head Roo and Head Hen are to the flock--everyone is aware of what they are doing and where they are at all times. Because woe betide the young roo who is busy wooing a hen, and doesn't see the Head Roo bearing down on him like a freight train!