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Last night I heard a strange noise from the Caiques’ cage and investigated.  Zorro was rubbing herself on a perch and I half-heartedly made fun of her and laughed.  But I saw something weird next to her and took a better look.  It was Dweezel, trying to mount her.  This is a huge breakthough in their relationship.  I’m thinking it had to do with the romantic setting- dusk, a light rain, the house was quiet.  But I really have no idea.  It could also have been because earier yesterday I took them outside and they got to enjoy the sun and fresh air.  They also got to take a bath on the deck which they love to do.

The Parrotlet babies are still doing great, though the last baby has yet to hatch.


The Parrotlets, Simon and Doe, have hatched their second baby.  Both babies and adults are doing great.  The next baby should hatch in about 2-3 days or so.  These babies should be ready about 6-7 weeks after the last baby hatches.

I heard Dweezel, my male Caique feeding Zorro, my female Caique yesterday and right when he was finished, I opened the nest box and saw food on Zorro face.  So he is actually feeding her which is great!  They have also become a little more relaxed which I think is because the frustrations are diminishing between them.  Zorro is getting fed and Dweezel understands what to do.

I have also found that when my boyfriend is around, Dweezel is much nicer.  I have no idea why since last I knew, Dweezel hated my boyfriend, but he must have the same “daddy” complex as many kids do- when daddy is mad, he means business.  I think Dweezel tries to behave more when my boyfriend is in the room because he knows my boyfriend can get upset when Dweezel is being aggressive or loud.

This morning the Parrotlets hatched out their first baby of this clutch. Hopefully we have a couple of boys, and at least one of them being American Yellow.

This morning also, I was able to witness Dweezel, my male Caique, feeding Zorro, my female Caique. At least I believe he was feeding her. It was hard to tell if there was an actual passing of food, but they went through the motions, which in itself is a giant leap. We are getting closer and closer to them being completely bonded and mating. Since they have already laid eggs, they have the nesting part down, as well as incubating so I am quite confident that if they ever mate and lay fertile eggs, they will good parents and will take very good care of the babies. The nest box will be coming down for a few months after Zorro is done setting on these eggs.

BareFoot Aviary would like to formally announce the arrival of Isis and Osiris’ first baby girl!

Yesterday, the first baby girl from Isis and Osiris hatched. She is an Australian Cinnnamon. I don’t know yet if she is Seagreen, Dutch Blue or Whitefaced Blue, but if she is the last, I will be keeping her for future breeding, though she will remain a wonderful pet her entire life.

I’m still waiting for the Parrotlet babies to hatch, but that should happen very soon.

Sunday (tomorrow) is the Brainerd Bird Sale and hopefully if the roads are good after this snow storm, I will be going. There will be many vendors from around Minnesota and I believe South Dakota. We are expecting to see birds from Finches to Macaws, adults and babies. I will be bringing my Lovebird babies that I am handfeeding and will be taking deposits on them and I will be bringing the Parrotlet baby to sell if I do not receive a deposit from interested parties beforehand.

I know it has been awhile. I’ve been rather busy with babies to feed, my job, and school work. But there is news from the bird room!

The Parrotlet’s baby is doing great, it is a little green boy which I have named Froggie since he was born on Leap Day. He is still available for deposit.

The Parrotlets are back on 3 fertile eggs, hopefully they will all hatch this time and we will get at least one American Yellow. They are due to hatch in about 1 week or so.

The Lovebirds are feeling spring fever right now.

I am handfeeding 3 babies from Freya and Loki and apparently they heard my call for green pieds, but forgot the “pied” part! They had 2 normal green males, 1 is a Medium Green Violet and the other is a Normal Green (no dark factors, no Violet factors). The 3rd baby is a Seagreen American Cinnamon Violet female. I am also handfeeding the first baby from Yin and Seible, he is a Normal Green, though he may have a violet or dark factor.

Rowan and Fletcher are back on eggs, 2 are looking fertile, but again, I don’t know if they will hatch. I do hope they do.

Isis and Osiris are on 2 fertile eggs. These babies are always so beautiful, but Isis and Osiris seem to have a hard time hatching them and keeping them alive. I am hoping that is because they are young and that maybe this time they will be just fine.

My rescues, Sunny and Marvin look to have one fertile egg, and I will be leaving it with them this time.

The Caiques, Dweezel and Zorro are back on eggs as well. I took their box down and moved them into a different cage, but I saw Zorro with an “egg-bum” (about to lay an egg) so I gave her back the box so she didn’t become egg-bound. This time they have 5 eggs and are much more aggressive.

The only baby from the Parrotlets has been pulled tonight for handfeeding. He looks to be a green, though I still do not know what sex. He is small for his age and I’m hoping he will start to grow and soon be caught up with what he should be. He was banded a few days ago and so far it looks like I got in on right on time!

All of the Lovebirds are on eggs, though sadly, I don’t think any of the eggs from Fletcher and Rowan will hatch. Their expected hatch date was a couple of days ago and I do not see any signs of hatching. I have started the humidifier back up, fearing the dry air may be a cause for concern.

Freya and Loki are on 6 fertile eggs right now, but one may have stopped developing. That still means there should be 5 babies that will start to arrive this weekend or so. I am hoping for some normal green Pieds, green American Cinnamons and at least one green SplitCinnamino.

Yin and Seible had eggs but they were not fertile or at least did not hatch. I took away all but one and then added a foster egg from my rescue pair. They are still sitting on the foster egg (which is looking good so far) and they have laid 5 more eggs of their own, one being fertile for sure.

Isis and Osiris are still sitting on only 3 eggs and only one looks good, though I am not counting on it hatching. When we move, I will be taking their box away and letting them rest for at least a month or so and we will try again.

The Caiques are still sitting on their 4 eggs, but they are starting to get tired of sitting on them. They have been coming out everyday now again and today they got their beaks and nails trimmed. They also got serenaded by my boyfriend while he was playing his viola to some Irish tunes.

Well, unfortunately the second Parrotlet baby passed away because the parents stopped feeding it and the third baby never hatched, which I believe may have been due to such low humidity in the house. Baby number 1 is doing great though and I will be banding him shortly and then pulling him for handfeeding. There are already 2 people waiting for this baby- the first person on the list and someone in case the first person decides not to get the baby.

Freya and Loki, one of my Lovebird pairs, look to have 6 fertile eggs and if they all hatch, it will be the largest clutch they have ever had.

Rowan and Fletcher have 3 fertile eggs and if they hatch, it should be any day now.

Isis and Osiris have 3 eggs but it looks like only one may be fertile as of yet though it is hard to tell.

Yin and Seible’s egg that was looking fertile stopped developing but they are fostering a fertile egg from my rescue pair (Sunny and Marvin). This rescue pair has never laid a fertile egg in the many clutches they have laid at their previous home, so it was a complete surprise. I put it under Seible and Yin so that Sunny and Marvin do not waste energy trying to raise a baby.

The Parrotlets have hatched their first baby today!  This makes the baby extra special because of the Leap Year!  I am hoping it is an American Yellow male, because I may end up keeping it if it is.  The next baby should hatch on Sunday or Monday and the third baby should hatch on Thursday or Friday!

The fourth egg came on Saturday night (the 16th), following a series of Caique moaning. Zorro tends to screech for about 4 hours before and after she lays an egg so the arrivals of the eggs are now more predictable. Yesterday I gave them a dish of veggies in the nest box, fearing Zorro maybe losing weight since Dweezel does not appear to be feeding her. The dish was empty when I arrived home from work last night so I know she was hungry. She does come out periodically during the day to eat and drink but even with these short sessions, I think she is losing weight. I did weigh her and tried to compare her current weight to her weight from a month or so ago, but that proved impossible. With her ‘baby fat’ she is carrying from laying eggs, I can’t really compare the weights. I did give her some handfeeding formula in the hopes that she will keep the same weight at the very least.

Simon and Doe, the Parrotlets, now have 3 eggs and I do believe the third is fertile as well. I still only have on person on the waiting list so at the very least, I should have 2 babies available from this clutch. I really hope I get at least one American Yellow in this clutch!

The Caiques have laid their third egg on the 13th.  They are getting increasingly aggressive over the nest box, which is a good sign.  Zorro sits on them so well, it is adorable!  I candled them again but there is still no sign of them being fertile.

Simon and Doe (Pacific Parrotlets) have 2 eggs only, both are fertile though!  I have one person on the waiting list for sure so far.

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BareFoot Aviary is a small home-based aviary in Bemidji, MN. We only breed a small amount of birds with only one or two clutches at a time to ensure our babies are sweet and well socialized. We breed Peachfaced Lovebirds and Pacific Parrotlets, and hopefully will be breeding Black Headed Caiques soon!